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Juliet takes it!

Publishing Date : 19 December, 2017

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

The recently crowned Miss RADP Juliet Sango has vowed to address the disturbing issue of school dropouts across the country. The “unearthing natural beauty and talent,’ themed event was held at Limkokwing University last saturday.


The 19 year-old Sango who hails from Kgwai, won herself a P50 000 funded project plus P10 000 cash prize. First runner up, onkgopotse Nyatsang of New Xade won herself P30 000 towards project funsing and a P7 000 cash prize while 2nd Princess Ketshwentsemang Garebaitse walked away with P20 000 worth of project funding and P5 000 as her cash prize.


Sango expressed joy and determination to further her project back home after the crowning. “I cannot contain my joy. I am so happy. Winning this pageant means I am going to challenge the mindsets of students. I am going to be dealing with school drop outs. I am also going to encourage other people from different villages to come up with the similar initiatives in order to address issues of school drop outs,” she said. The pageant saw 14 contestants contending for the grand prize.


One thing to highlight about the contestants was their ability to showcase the diverse culture of Botswana through theoretical acts, showing the cultural lifestyle of Batswana, their food, songs and their types of traditional homes. The judges however explained that their criteria for choosing the queen started three to four days before the crowning night.


The Remote Area Development Program (RADP) was founded by the Assistant Ministerf of Local Government, Botlogile Tshireletso. Initially, when the idea of Miss RADP was conceived it was intended at creating a critical mass of talented, vibrant and empowered young ladies who would spearhead a transformation agenda. Tshireletso has however explained that she came up with the initiative to empower potential agents of change living in rural areas.


“I imagined creating empowered agents of change who will be advocates of the Remote Area Dwellers Programme and its noble objective and intentions. Most importantly, I imagined that the initiative will produce young leaders who will lead developments issues aimed at the improvement of the lives of their communities and that of Batswana in general. That is, and remains the purpose of this initiative.” Limkokwing University, which hosted the pageant was one of the sponsors of Miss RADP.  The Public Relations Officer of Limkokwing University, Mercy Thebe highlighted that the university took pride in contributing towards the economy of the country.


“As a globally recognized and well respected University, we pride ourselves in contributing towards economic endeavors that shift communities, engages the youth and drives the use of the new technologies by answering the call to the new markets and working beyond the mark of the creativity while pressing towards contributing to the needs of the national development plan such as Miss RADP,” she told WeekendLife. Other sponsors included of Apex properties, Botswana Television, Orion, WIBA, Voltronics, Choppies, Scan display, Actfit, BAMB, Shahnaz Herbals, Lions Park, Saktar Industries, Mama Africa Hair Saloon, FUHU import & export and It Distributors.

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