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Fergusons to rescue Botswana’s Film industry

Publishing Date : 20 November, 2018

Author : KEAMOGETSE MOTONE

What was meant to pave a roadmap for the film and television industry, later turned tears into joy as South African based actress, Connie Ferguson took it upon herself to rescue the industry that seems to be drowning.


Ferguson is a Motswana actress, film-maker/ producer and a business woman born in Lobatse, Botswana. In 1994 she aired on South Africa's most popular Soap Opera, Generations. In October 2014 she agreed to reprise her role as Karabo after a three-year absence from Generations. The Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) engaged stakeholders on November 11 at University of Botswana Indoor Sports Arena where Ferguson got all emotional about how creatives are crying for their abandoned talent.


“I think it’s high time i produce something here with Batswana as well as with a local production house,” she said. Shona Ferguson also attested to the words of his wife and explained that the cry within the creatives left a hole in his heart. “I was heartbroken when I heard that anger from the audience here. I urge to use that talent to prove yourself. Learn to go on collaboration,” he said.He further highlighted that he sees talent in Botswana.“To the government they should avail resources for this talent. There are no resources to make their dreams a reality,” he explained.


The actor who shared his hard earned experience and challenges that he went through in his pursuit for his dreams, said they are now here. Local actress, Loretta Mekgwe spoke strongly on how they are expected to work under a low budget yet it requires enough funds to produce content that is of proper quality. Known for his song dubbed ‘imagination.’ Zeus was amongst the many who aired out his concern.


“I speak as a film director. It is time that quotas are enforced. Current quotas set out for local content are not met. Local content is being ignored and yet our money is being given to foreigners instead of locals. Much support is given to foreigners,” he lamented. However, the founder of DeeZone production Thabiso Maretlwaneng said that local creative need to up their game before they cry for funding. “We crying about money to be put there but our quality is not yet there. We need to start with quality. We need to step back and introspect. Fresh graduates cannot even operate a camera,” he said.

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