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The program, launched on Thursday 23 February, 2017, at Masa Square Hotel, is the first of its kind in Botswana and certainly the first to be hosted by a hotel. It will see twelve budding fashion designers mentored by twelve seasoned designers from the local industry. This follows four consecutive years of the Masa Fashion Show held to great acclaim and with an increasingly strong attendance and revere from Batswana. It was revealed that the program will run from 1st March under the theme ‘Working Together to Build Botswana’s Creative Industry.’

Twelve seasoned fashion designers from the Botswana industry will mentor the program’s budding designers. The MSH Fashion Mentorship Program mentors includes: Lame Chilume of Switch Couture BW, Mothusi Lesolle of iZAURA, Tlamo Mosinyi of Bondphill, Kaone Moremong of House of Kay, Lesedi Matlapeng of Kefseddy Designs, Natasha Selelo of Tasha Creationz, Dikatso Motlapele & Anita Molosiwa of Eccentric Style Loft, Candida Tsheko of DihDah, Thabiso Dibeela of Thabie D Originals, Tankiso Mathware of Priestly, Aobakwe Molosiwa of Gilded Sands and Delayna Scott of Delayna Scott designs.

According to the statement from the Hotel, applications for the mentorship program were open to the public, and ran from February 1st. Submission of applications closed on 14th February 2017. Mentees were chosen through a public application process through Masa Square Hotel’s social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

“We are looking to support already practicing enthusiasts. Through this initiative, we are looking to support those who either want to go professional or are designers looking to expand their businesses. Our aim is to contribute towards building platforms for conversation around the development of the local fashion industry and the promotion of local entrepreneurship. We look forward to seeing the show grow as our participation in bringing people together aligns with our mission to redefine the hospitality business and its contribution to the growth of Botswana businesses,” said Masa Square Hotel General Manager, Greg Soutter.

The lucky twelve mentees chosen to participate in the inaugural MSH Fashion Mentorship Program are as follows: Boikanyo Molale, Thabiso Makwate, Katlego Moatshe, Pamela Ntshwarang, Lerang Keabile, Gomotsegang Dipuo, Tshepiso Abdulla, Ratanang Morontshe, Seatla Khutlo, Katlego Sengate, Temo Mpudia and Mpho Chepete.

For the next 7 months leading up to the final show in October, the mentees will be tasked with designing an exclusive collection for the Masa Fashion Show. As part of the Show, the hotel will also host a series of MSH Fashion Talk Shops over the course of the year to share valuable business insights from renowned local and international names.

The speakers will discuss their success stories, especially as African entrepreneurs and professionals. The purpose is to provide inspiration and key business tips from a variety of speakers who are directly and indirectly stakeholders of the creative industry. These talk shops will commence towards the end of March 2017.

“We are committed to working with our stakeholders from a variety of local industries to see these mentees expose their crafts and individualities for Botswana, and hopefully, even the world to see and celebrate. We cannot wait to see what designs come out of this experience, and even more exciting, how it will positively affect the lives of the mentees”, concluded Soutter.

Masa Square Hotel is a business-first luxury hotel that strives to redefine the hospitality experience of business and leisure travellers in Botswana, located in the heart of Gaborone’s New CBD. The Hotel is designed to ensure guests become fully connected in Gaborone, whilst being able to enjoy a little indulgence during their stay. The Hotel has established itself as the preferred choice for business and leisure tourists, and also appeals to local clientele looking for anything from a quick bite to a gourmet meal.

It is located in one of the two iconic Masa Square towers, cascading into the piazza of Masa Centre. The hotel is uniquely positioned, both literally and figuratively, to raise the bar of the service, cuisine and sense of luxury and convenience that Batswana experience, a mandate it has lived up to since opening its doors to customers in June 2012.

Masa Square Hotel is dedicated to uplifting the community in which it resides, investing in the growth and development of Botswana and in the future of the nation as a whole. The Hotel is managed by AHA Hotels and Lodges. AHA also manages Chobe Marina Lodge, a leading hospitality establishment located in the heart of the Chobe area.Read more at:formal dresses online