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De Beers group announces the 2018/2019 shining light awards (SLA) winners

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De Beers Grouprecently announced a record number of winners of the 2018/2019 instalment of the De Beers Group Designers Initiative at the 2019Shining Light Awards Banquet in Gaborone.

The jewellery design competition is open to students from De Beers Group’s diamond producing partner countries (Botswana, Canada, Namibia, and South Africa) currently enrolled in a jewellery design and manufacturing programme, or graduates from one of the related programmes in the last two years.

The 2018/2019 competition marks first-time participation of entrants from Canada, extending the competition’s reach and impact, and bringing the number of finalists to 12, the most ever awarded in a single competition.

The theme ‘Heroines and Heritage’ reflects De Beers Group’s commitment to standing with women and girls around the world.

When interpreting the theme, students needed to consider how to include design elements that nuancedinspirational women, evoked national pride and featured symbols of strength, heritage, wisdom and beauty

Finalists from Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa were selected from more than 110 entries for their outstanding jewellery designs and unique interpretation of the theme. Following the final judging, the winners from each country are:

First place (Awarded a 12 month post graduate scholarship at Polytechnic di Milano in Milan Italy)
• Gaone Otsile (Botswana)
• Cara Fitzell (Canada)
• Isaak McAllan (Namibia)
• Malefa Phoofolo (South Africa)

First runners-up(Awarded a 3 months internship scholarshipat the Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre in Milan, Italy)

• Victor Motlokwa (Botswana)
• Edna Milevsky (Canada)
• Jackson Vateleni ( Namibia)
• Michaela Fair ( South Africa)

Second runners-up(Awardeda 1-year jewellery skills development scholarship at a regional jewellery design institution.)

• Khumo Makwa (Botswana)
• Rana Mireskandari (Canada)
• Ikela T. Aksel (Namibia)
• Lesego Ragolane (South Africa)

Winning jewellery designs were brought to life at the red-carpetbanquet, through the craftmanship of jewellery manufacturers from the producer countries, among thema 4-piece winning design from Botswana which was manufactured by KGK, a De Beers a Sightholder.

The jewellery was revealedto stakeholders from across the diamond value chain, including President of the Republic of Botswana DrMokgweetsi Masisi, First Lady Ms Neo Jane Masisi and De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver.

Pat Dambe, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, De Beers Global Sightholder Sales, said: “We are committed to promoting youth skills development and participation within the diamond value chain, it is through initiatives of this calibre that their aspirations are realised. Directed by our reason of existence, which is to make life brilliant. At De Beers Group we use diamonds to make life brilliant in much deeper and more meaningful way for the people and places involved in this journey.”

The Shining Light Awards is a De Beers Group beneficiation programme to create opportunities for designers in its diamond producer partner countries by providing high-level exposure to the retail segment of the international diamond industry.

The Shining Light Awards have existed for over 22 years in South Africa,11 years in Botswana and Namibia, and, for the time this year, in Canada.

In addition to attending the gala awards night, the finalists visited Orapa and Damtshaa Mines,De Beers Global Sightholder Sales facilities, the Global Diamond Academy and factory visit at Msuresh.

At the gala awards event, it was announced that Canada will host the 2020/2021 Shining Light Awards.

The host country for the awards rotates amongst De Beers Group’s diamond producer countries.

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Zeus to release Pieces of the Now

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One of the few local artists to ever receive the coveted Chanel O award for the category Best Male Award ; Zeus (Game Bantsi ) is currently working on his much awaited album, which he hopes will reignite his 2014 fame.

Voice Entertainment visited Zeus at one of his rehearsals where he is also preparing for his fourth album, which will be called ‘Pieces of the Now’

The last time Zeus released an album was back in 2013 dubbed “African Time”. Commenting on his next offering Zeus said, “The coming album will have about 15 songs but as you can imagine we have not finilised the list. I have featured about four guys in the album one guy called Rane Rap who is based in the US and another rapper from Namibia called Dollars or Yens as well as Owie and ONx Da Poet.
It is a really exciting project that has been a long time coming and I really can’t wait to have it out,” Zeus said.

Catching up on his thoughts on the state of the of Hip Hop at the moment, the “Gijima” rapper said, “Today’s hip hop music is more diverse that it gets credit for. The biggest problem is not that everything had gravitated to one sound, which is an arguable view, the biggest problem is how media covers the current hip hop.”

Asked to elaborate Zeus said, “There aren’t enough acts who are very organic in their appeal who get coverage. There is still a lot of lyricism in the game.”

But who does Zeus believe is the best rapper in BW? The energetic rapper who is also part of the organizing committee of popular Jam4brunch event said, “There are different traits we can look at and each one of those traits someone excels at. Ideally you would want an artist who can bring all those together from flow, to content to multiple perspectives and storytelling. When I think of flow, I think of Veezo View. When I think about say perspective a guy like Frost comes to mind.”

When I think of new age hip hop trap soul kind of vibe a guy like Manne dilla comes to mind, But if I am to name someone who brings it all together I would say arguably ATI. I can’t overlook him. But all the other mentions are special names,” Zeus said.

However there is no MC Zeus will rather not face , “One thing I have maintained is that one should be always ready to fight. I am confident enough to say there is no one I would shy away from if they want to go at it.”

Zues has another collaborative project with rapper Nomadic also expected to be released this year.

In the mean time he has released his single, Gotta get mine, which has shot up the ranks in the local charts.

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Shocking, Botswana ladies take over Jozi’s night life

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Ladies from Botswana have taken over the South African prostitution market.

Shaya has observed how some ladies mainly from the corporate world; especially banks have invaded Pretoria and Johannesburg where the business is thriving.

If you think Shaya is lying, visit one of the well-known brothels there and the number of familiar faces you would spot hard at work soliciting for clients will shock you.

Is it not time we legalise prostitution here to avoid putting our sisters at risk of possible Xenophobia attacks while trying to earn a living?

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Football in Africa involves more than just training and kicking the pig’s kin about.

No in my motherland, the world’s popular sport involves all sorts of rituals.

Shaya has heard about chickens and snakes being slaughtered to fortify playing grounds.

Itchy powders made from dead lizards are apparently sprinkled on playing kits to confuse opponents.

Whether this works is a story for another day.

Yours Truly however knows that no African team has won the World Cup.

Recently an incident involving Jwaneng Galaxy FC had everyone talking.

Apparently one of the technical team member’s luggage caught fire as the team passed Kumakwane on their way to Orapa for the second leg semi final clash with Orapa United.

Strange enough no other bags caught fire, but only the said technical staff member’s luggage.

Conspiracy theorists claim that the bag contained muti meant to strengthen players or weaken opponents.

This was however never confirmed, what is not in dispute though is that Galaxy lost 1-0.

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