Mascom to host President’s concert Tuesday
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Tomorrow the 27th of November 2018 one of Botswana’s leading mobile telephony providers Mascom, will continue with the tradition and initiative which started in the 1990s, through the influence of Sir Ketumile Masire, former President of Botswana, and David Slater, former Director of Maitisong, to support the governments care of vulnerable communities. However, Mascom’s involvement with the President’s Concert began in 2007, with a donation of P10,000 during President Festus Mogae’s tenure.
This 2018 Mascom President’s Concert is sponsored by Mascom as usual. Titled Thari Ya Sechaba: A Legend’s Legacy, this year’s Concert tells the story of The Mother of a Nation, a legend whose legacy remains in the hearts of those she has left behind, through dance, drama, story-telling, poetry and music.
According to organisers, “the evening is about recognizing and appreciating the people who, through their service to our nation, have made positive impacts. We hope to inspire our audience to remember these legends, as well as to introspect and think about the legacy that they will leave behind.”
The President’s Concert attracts hundreds of spectators annually, including the head of state, parliamentarians, members of the diplomatic corps, top executives from the private sector and members of the public.
Over the past eleven years, this figure has grown and benefited organizations such as Stepping Stones International, Ray of Hope Foundation, Masisi Organ Foundation, Diphalana Counselling Centre, Lady Olebile Masire Foundation and Sekolo Sa Anne Stine.
In 2017, the concert was renamed the Mascom President’s Concert to honor Mascom’s contributions.
This year’s production will feature poetry, story-telling, dance and a variety of musical elements including choral, marimba and live instruments. The Concert’s Directors are Tefo Paya (Creative) and Laone Thekiso (Music). Headlined by the talented Samantha Mogwe, the concert will also feature four vocalists, ten musicians and twenty dancers.