MOKAILA’S SUCKER PUNCH
I never thought the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Kitso Mokaila had such a sense of humour. I mean for a guy who was recently accused of wasting tax payers’ money on furniture, one would have expected him to be wearing a long face.
Shaya’s sources claim that in a speech he made at the Annual Tuli de Tour last week the minister made fun of one of the well known tourist destinations in South Africa.
Mind you, most of the minister’s audience were South Africans who had come to take part in the fund-raising event.
“Please allow me to be boastful. I have every belief that my country has the best tourist destinations and national parks. Not like the likes of Kruger National Zoo,” the minister is reported to have said.
Ouch! Owners of Kruger National Park would not like that at all.
MAPETLA,TUKS AND JUJU BOY COLLABORATION
Local kwaito sensation Thabo Ntirang popularly known as Mapetla crossed the border to South Africa last week to prepare for a collaboration with Motswako artist Tuks Senganga. Shaya learnt that Tuks’ associates were in town where they witnessed the dread locked musician performing and were impressed with him.
“They were totally blown away and decided right there that he should accompany them back to South Africa, where he would link up with Tuks in a song,” the source said.
Mapetla confirmed to Yours Truly that in deed he went to brainstorm with Tuks on what they could work on.
“We have not yet decided on what to do, but we have touched on a few ideas which we would further look at in two weeks,” he said.
Mapetla further revealed that the Hurt me hit maker, Juju Boy could be roped into the project.
This could have come at the right moment for Mapetla whose latest album Groot-man did not do as well as it was expected.
Maybe, just maybe this collaboration would put Skhokho back to where he belongs.
WILD,WILD TO THE MAX
This is a tough year for local musicians. Sales have drastically gone down, the unfavourable working hours are further compounding the problem; but what other artists are engaging on is inexcusable!
Some one made it known to Yours Truly that a local traditional female artist is so desperate for shows that she is ready to give promoters anything. Anything and everything in whatever form.
Her star has fallen off and the bulging artist at one point hinted that she will not come back to traditional music.
Apparently she performed this past weekend at one of the local clubs, with the help of another member of a struggling kwaito/kwasa group.
Those who saw them claim the two later left together and spent the night at a secluded area. This is just after a few months after the artists declared that she is ready to settle down with the father of her child! Shame!
NO INTERVIEWS FOR THE VOICE
Duma Fm Manager did not mince his words in a letter of August 10, where he stated that somebody purporting to be a reporter from The Voice called to enquire about Desma Basson. Shaya had learnt that Ms Basson was to allegedly quit the station and wanted to find out if it were true.
The manager, Alfred Busang responded that the ‘reporter’ insisted on a telephonic interview but he, Busang didn’t want to be misrepresented and misquoted and opted to answer in writing.
He wrote: “Duma Fm has taken the decision not to grant your publication, The Voice any interviews. This decision was prompted by your paper’s continued insistence on maliciously publishing material that is deliberately meant to tarnish the image of the radio station.” He continued: “Kindly restrict your quotes/comments to the contents of this written statement. Failure, which, Duma Fm reserves the right to institute legal action against your publication.”
The ever obedient Shaya has followed Mr Busang’s demands to the letter and published what he required.
Leader of Opposition Botsalo Ntuane, is scratching his head at the sudden change of heart from Philip Makgalemelele’s somersault from BDP to BMD and now to BDP. If there are more defections, this could put Ntuane in a very embarrassing situation. The BMD should not have any more defections or they will lose the numbers that make them the leading opposition party.
If, they stomach more defections, the rebellious BMD politician known for striking under the belt, could become the opposition leader that never was.