Botswana Musicians Union (BOMU) Chapter 3 has joined hands with the National Blood Transfusion Services (BNTS) in a bid to persuade general members of the public to understand the importance of donating blood.
Chapter 3 Secretary Fumani Edgar Tekere said the MoU between the two organizations is expected to be signed on March 29 this year.
According to Tekere, the signing ceremony is expected to be done just before a road show is staged at the Francistown bus rank on the same day.
He said musicians affiliated to BOMU will perform at the event and beyond.
Tekere said the country is losing a lot of professionals and musicians due to shortage of blood and blood banks scattered all over the country after being involved in a car accident.
“This could be avoided. And it is against this backdrop that we decided to play a part in ensuring that we form a partnership with the organization responsible for blood donation,” he said.
NO ENTERTAINMENT AS POWER CUTS CONTINUES
The country’s showbiz industry has been brought to a total standstill following the prolonged and persistent power cuts across the country.
oday marks the eighth day of prolonged load shedding due to shortage of power supply from the neighboring South Africa through its power utility company, Eskom.
Most entertainment joints in Francistown do not have backup power generators to carry the night in the event that the normal power supply has been interrupted due to the current cuts. Last weekend, the City of Francistown was quite with most of the hangout joints closed due to power cuts.
And most of the promoters in the city are not willing to take a chance this weekend. Francistown’s ultimate entertainment centre, Lizard Entertainment has decided to shelve inviting acts because the power issue is not predictable and unreliable.
Mike Njuga, the Lizard Entertainment manager said they have shelved booking acts for now until the power situation is restored.
Njuga said the pub will be expected to pay an act whether he/she performs or not because the hangout joint had booked him or her.
A random survey conducted by Grooving in the Ghetto also established that no banners have been placed at strategic points in the city to advertise gigs.
Like wine that matures with time, Phempheretlhe Pheto has shown growth and maturity in his music career. His music appeals to both the old and the young.
One does have not to be a Christian to enjoy Phempheretlhe’s music.
Phempheretlhe is now a converter more than a singer.
It is against this backdrop that he is now much of a performer in churches than a show musician.
And last Friday, Pheto performed at the Breath of Life Church at Borolong village near Francistown.
Through his music, he converted a lot.
And he is now much into preaching through music to show people the direction that Jesus Christ took.
With a number of congregants enjoying the musical preaching, Pheto has found a niche to reach out to the lost flock.