The trademark ’71’ digits and the oldest private cellular network in the country, Mascom this past weekend painted the capital yellow as they marked 20 years since they first went on air.
In a black tie affair, well wishers, CEOs, affiliates, staff and lucky customers all gathered at the Gaborone International Convention centre (GICC) to witness the celebrations.
Walking inside the hall attendants where met with the tuneful sounds of the KTM choir with their rendition of a tribute song to Mascom.
Taking the audience down memory lane was Mascom board chairman Ishmael Selebogo, who said, “We have emerged on the national stage as a leading voice in philanthropy in support of many changes in sports, education, people living with disabilities and the vulnerable communities, provision of information communications technology resources and equipment to different communities.”
For his part, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Kitso Mokaila hailed Mascom for their continuous input in the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector, which he believes has improved the lives of many citizens.
“In this era of rapid development, ICT plays a crucial role in development. Its use and implementation are imperative in all sectors and especially so for the education sector,” noted Mokaila.
He further commended the mobile giant’s for their continuous support of other sectors, saying, “Let me pay tribute to your contribution not just in the telecommunications space but also in many other areas of the society, including sports, culture, arts, people living with disabilities and the less privileged.”
On the day, Mascom staff also received awards for their long service before the real celebrations began.
After a tribute song from Charma Gal, Veezo View, Robbie Rob and Brand, one by one the artists exchanged the stage belting out their hits.
But it was Charma Gal and Amantle Brown who stole the show. The two songbirds performed side by side, much to the appreciation of the crowd – indeed even the youthful Gaborone Mayor Kagiso Thutlwe could not resist the two ladies charm and was spotted dancing the night away.
Mascom, which currently has 17 shops across the country, is a locally owned company that employs close to 400 Batswana nationwide.