Olopeng Promises Second Television Channel

| May 15, 2015

Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture,Thapelo Olopeng, says his ministry is working round the clock to boost the film industry and performing arts.

Speaking at launch of a movie titled Deadly Deception in Palapye recently, Olopeng said his ministry had been given a mandate to introduce the second channel on Botswana Television in collaboration with the Ministry for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration.

He said the channel would provide artists and the youth with the much needed international exposure and was expected to commission film producers to enable them to generate income and employment for the youth.

Olopeng said his ministry was also looking into to setting up state of the art recording studios at the Gaborone multi-purpose youth centre to facilitate productions, adding efforts were also on-going to make the general purpose studio at the Multi- Media Complex functional.

“These facilities will be accessible to local artists, particularly the youth,” he said.

The minister also noted that the Deadly Deception movie which is 100 per cent privately owned by a Motswana company called Baboneng Film Productions based in Palapye, was a noble initiative by Botswana citizens who must be applauded for not only showcasing their talent but also for unearthing and nurturing talents of young men and women.

He noted that Baboneng Film Productions had since its inception created job opportunities for young people. He said government was also concerned about youth unemployment and his ministry was making efforts to address the challenge.

“The role that performing arts can play in reducing high levels of unemployment in this country is very significant to be ignored,” he said.

Notwithstanding, the minister said he was hopeful that there would be more of such initiatives from the private sector to complement government’s efforts in dealing with some of the social ills that the nation was afflicted with.

He said the role that the private sector can play in economic diversification and expansion was immeasurable. Meanwhile, The Deadly Deception movie is an action movie that entertains and educates at the same time.

The theme that runs across the movie is the issue of trust in building relationships. The movie also teaches people to be vigilant and observant of friendships that they make.

Olopeng applauded Baboneng Film Productions for having thoughtfully come up with such a project and he was hopeful that the innovation would inspire other artists to be more creative.

He reiterated that his ministry was committed to financially and technically support upcoming performing artists.

He also appealed to stakeholders, particularly the private sector, to join hands with government in unearthing and nurturing talent in the country.

Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Moiseraele Goya, also the area Member of Parliament, said the high profile events like the launch of the movie stimulated the local economy in a big way.

Mr Goya said Palapye village was experiencing an encouraging growth in the hospitality industry and such development came with additional jobs.

Despite having a good number of new hotels and lodges, he said, there was still acute shortage of accommodation whenever a huge event took place in Palapye.

Thus, he urged the business community to continue to exploit such opportunity. He said the movie would help promote the image of Palapye and Botswana regionally and internationally and would also do the country proud like the No. 1 Ladies Detective Movie popularly known as Mma Ramotswe.

Goya further challenged young people to exploit opportunities that the creative industry was presenting in order to attain sustainable livelihoods.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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