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Ms RADP pageant tomorrow

Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Botlogile Tshireletso says since the inception of the Remote Area Development Programme (RADP) beauty pageant, 1 452 contestants have participated at settlement, sub-district and district level, with 69 contestants from the total participating at national level.

Speaking at the Miss RADP press briefing on Tuesday, Tshireletso said the numbers represented a critical mass and continued to grow and as witnessed from the past pageants, representation of districts at the national level continued to be inclusive across the settlements.

She said this year’s contestants were from settlements of Kweneng, Tshwaane, Sekhutlane, Kutuku, Kgomodiatshaba, Maake, Kokotsha, Tobera, Khwai, New Xade, Qabo, Zoroga and Gojwane.

This year’s pageant will take place tomorrow at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Hall of Fame and will be held under the theme; Unearthing Natural Beauty and Talent.’

Tshireletso revealed that as it was the case with previous pageants, the prizes would both be in cash and funded economic empowerment projects of the contestant’s choice.

“The Queen will walk away with P50 000 for a project of her  choice and P10 000 cash, while first princess will win P30 000 for a project and P7 000 cash and second princess will be awarded P20 000 for a project and P5 000 cash,” she said.

Further, Tshireletso noted that additional prizes have been added this year to mark the fifth anniversary of the pageant and moving towards international standards of pageants.
The prizes include Best Talent, Best Dress and Miss Congeniality with a cash prize of P2 000 per category.

She also highlighted that projects that were undertaken by the previous winners included craft shops, small stock, modelling and other self-employment projects.

She said although there were a lot to be done for improvement, most of the projects were doing well and had significantly improved the livelihoods of the recipients.

Tshireletso expressed gratitude to the sponsors and partners who continued to contribute to the success of the event and improving the pageant.

“As part of the highlights of last year’s contestants’ sponsorship, special thanks to the Indian Embassy for their generous sponsorship of our reigning Queen, Neo Barkaath from Qabo, who got sponsorship for a three-week course on Entrepreneurship for Small Business Trainers in India,” she said.

Further, she thanked President, Lt Gen. Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama for having significantly transformed the RADP through, among other things, directing that RADP be made a government flagship programme as well as increasing budget for provision of decent housing for the remote area communities.

For her part, director of communications and stakeholder relations for Limkokwing University, Mercy Thebe said Ministry of Local Government and Limkokwing had been partners over the years and formalised their working relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding in 2014.

“One of the key objectives of this MoU is to support the ministry in ensuring that the livelihood of people in rural settlements are enhanced by engaging in community based projects such as Miss RADP that change their lives, bringing them closer to mainstream developments,” she said.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane will officiate at the grand finale of the pageant. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : By Matshidiso Moseki

Location : GABORONE

Event : Miss RADP press briefing

Date : Dec 07 Thu,2017

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