Dona@Ba­los lines up beauty con­test

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FIVE youths are set to host the first arts cre­atives’ con­fer­ence at Le­hakoe Recre­ation and Cul­tural Cen­tre on 13 May aimed at ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges faced by lo­cal youth in dif­fer­ent sec­tors of the arts. The African Cre­atives Ind­aba (TACI) is a brain­child of renowned ac­tor ‘Matli Mo­hapeloa, Libe “Swiss” Mo­hale (founder of Fun and Class Re­la­tions Agency), Li­palesa Kolane (as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent for the youth cus­tomer value propo­si­tions at ABSA Bank Lim­ited), Tholoana Ncheke (Le­gal Of­fi­cer: Film and Pub­li­ca­tion Board) and hu­man rights lawyer Li­neo Tsikoane. Save for Tsikoane, the rest are based in neigh­bour­ing South Africa. They said they were of­ten ap­proached by learn­ers ask­ing for ca­reer guid­ance, with the ques­tions cen­tring on job op­por­tu­ni­ties and sus­tain­abil­ity in the cre­ative in­dus­try.

Recog­nis­ing the gap in in­for­ma­tion, the five de­cided to form TACI: a youth-based ini­tia­tive aimed at ed­u­cat­ing, sup­port­ing and in­form­ing Ba­sotho and other Africans about op­por­tu­ni­ties within the cre­ative space and how the world is grad­u­ally mov­ing to­wards ap­pre­ci­at­ing cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als as de­ci­sion mak­ers and in­flu­encers in cor­po­rate in­dus­tries.

“The work­shop was sparked by a con­ver­sa­tion I had with ‘Matli where we were dis­cussing the high num­ber of Ba­sotho cre­atives send­ing us mes­sages via so­cial me­dia ask­ing about ca­reers in the art space,” Mr Mo­hale said in a re­cent interview with Xpress Peo­ple.

“We then joined forces with oth­ers (Ncheke, Tsikoane and Kolane) and to come up with this pro­gramme for the event which also in­clude 15 minute par­tic­i­pa­tory dis­cus­sions, spon­sored prizes and en­ter­tain­ment by Ba­sotho artistes.

“Ev­ery­one who wants to take up the cre­ative space as a ca­reer; from film, pho­tog­ra­phy, fash­ion, brand­ing, graph­ics and right across to mu­sic. We have speak­ers from dif­fer­ent sec­tions of the cre­ative in­dus­try there­fore ter­tiary stu­dents, school leavers and any­one who has been prac­tic­ing with or with­out pro­fes­sional train­ing is wel­come to attend.

“One of the core is­sues we will be dis­cussing is earn­ing a liv­ing out of your tal­ents. We aim to em­power peo­ple with per­sonal pro­mo­tion skills, brand­ing as well as en­cour­age them to hunt for busi­ness,” he said.

He also said they hoped to se­cure spon­sor­ship to en­able them to host reg­u­lar work­shops with in­ter­na­tional speak­ers.

Dur­ing the one-day event, each of them will ad­dress top­ics in their ar­eas of ex­per­tise as in­di­cated in the ta­ble be­low.


Ed­u­ca­tion and the cre­ative space


Li­palesa Didi Kolane

DONA@BA­LOS Hos­pi­tal­ity and Chef School has lined up a beauty pageant for 30 Septem­ber with the aim of in­tro­duc­ing culinary arts train­ing in the beauty in­dus­try.

The win­ner will be awarded a full schol­ar­ship to study for a diploma at the in­sti­tu­tion val­ued at M65 000. This in­cludes an in­tern­ship pro­gramme in Ghana.

The first run­ner up will be awarded a full cer­tifi­cate schol­ar­ship and the sec­ond princess will re­ceive a 50% dis­count on the course of her choice at the in­sti­tu­tion.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the or­gan­is­ers, Li­makatso Tšosane ( said they felt it nec­es­sary to com­bine the beauty in­dus­try and the culinary arts as the dis­ci­plines were al­ready linked by their ap­peal to the tourism sec­tor.


“Much like beauty pageants, culinary arts are also con­sid­ered to be cor­ner­stones of tourism and in many in­ter­na­tional pageants con­tes­tants of­ten com­pete in pre­par­ing dishes,” Tšosane said in a re­cent interview with Xpress Peo­ple.

“There is also noth­ing bet­ter than beauty with brains so we also want to equip beauty queens with other skills to en­able them to be­come prom­i­nent busi­ness peo­ple in fu­ture.”

Ms Tšosane said reg­is­tra­tion for the pageant was opened on Fri­day and will run un­til 30 June. There­after, SMS vot­ing for the en­trants will be­gin un­til the day of the event.

“It is com­mon for beauty queens to cry foul after the crown­ing so we de­cided to in­tro­duce the SMS vot­ing process which will be ad­min­is­trated by an ex­ter­nal in­de­pen­dent com­pany.

“We will pub­li­cise on a weekly ba­sis via dif­fer­ent me­dia plat­forms such as ra­dios, news­pa­pers, Facebook and Twitter just like it was done dur­ing the Miss Le­sotho Sun­day Ex­press last year so that each con­tes­tant can be able to view her per­for­mance. An ex­ter­nal panel of judges will de­cide on how much votes are needed to crown a win­ner,” she said.

Dona@Ba­los Hos­pi­tal­ity and Chef School was es­tab­lished in 2013 by renowned Chef Don­ald Mo­let­sane to pro­mote culinary arts in the coun­try.

The in­sti­tu­tion has since won a num­ber of ac­co­lades in­clud­ing the fourth place at the Nel­son Man­dela Culinary Cup com­pe­ti­tions in South Africa in 2015.

Two Diploma stu­dents were of­fered in­tern­ships in Abu Dhabi after im­press­ing at a com­pe­ti­tion in the emi­rate last De­cem­ber.

An­other eight stu­dents are al­ready in Ghana.

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