Regional Manager Urges Designers to Be Competitive

| June 9, 2015

Botswana Confederation of Commerce and Industry Management (BOCCIM) northern regional manager, Kebaabetswe Bogatsu has encouraged local designers to acquaint themselves with the latest fashion trends.

Speaking at the northern regional fashion show aimed at selecting competitors for the presidential competitions on Saturday June 6, Bogatsu said acquainting themselves with the latest trends would help them produce clothing that was competitive in international markets.

He urged designers to be committed, passionate and eager to learn more about trends and technologies in the sector.

Bogatsu further called on designers and their models to have discipline in order to make inroads both locally and internationally.

Also, he challenged the private sector to consider investing in fashion industry as a fundamental contributor in the diversification of the economy.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Councillor Lesego Kwambala of Itekeng Ward commended Francistown young entrepreneurs for organising the event.

Cllr Kwambala noted that their initiative was in the right direction towards enabling the city to attain objectives outlined in its vision.

He explained that the city’s vision was to make it an economic and investment hub by 2022 and activities such as fashion were in the right direction to make the vision a reality.

Meanwhile, the show which was the second after last year was divided into two categories which included dressmaking and fashion design.

In each category, ten designers were selected to battle it out with others from the southern region in the nationals to be conducted during the President’s day celebrations.

In the dressmaking category, designers who were selected out of the 17 who competed were Malebogo Maabanyane from Tonota, Gorata Mokopanele from Matsiloje, Naume Phineas from Siviya, Irene Phutietsile from Mahalapye, Julia Kwele from Kasane, Maungo Ketshwane from Maun, Constance Elijah from Gumare, Selebatso Mokgothu from Kasane and Onalenna Mosinki from Francistown.

In the fashion designers category there were only nine designers and they all qualified for the nationals.

They included Gift Lijani,Sinikiwe Wanika, Dzibamoyo Nfila, Tebogo Batshabeng, Tumediso Nkomo, Lulamisani Poloko, Basadi Pusoetsile all from Francistown, Gontlemang Mtumise from Shorobe and Mickey Morake from Palapye.

Chief adjudicator, Getty Mogojwe thanked the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture for taking designers from their backyard business to the potential customers and the ministry’s efforts to turn their business into more professional.

She said in their judging, adjudicators considered the quality of garments used, creativity, and good finish, amongst others.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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