Inaugural Masa Square Hotel Talk Factory empower creatives

GABORONE, Botswana, September 2019 – Following the digital launch of its fashion show, Masa Square Hotel continues to redefine the local hospitality industry through driving innovative community engagement. Under the theme “Legal Advice and Professional Etiquette,” the hotel hosted the first of two Masa Fashion Show Talk Factories on the 19th September 2019.

The series will see leading local industry experts and  innovators share insights to local creatives  as part of the hotel’s larger effort to drive intra-industry stakeholder relationships while encouraging local youth entrepreneurship and innovation.

Leading the conversation were guest speakers Kutlo Dube, of Leneoa Acme, who spoke to professional etiquette. Lawyer, Tapiwa Gachala, who unpacked the need for creatives to understand Intellectual Property (IP) and Samuel Plaatjie of  Sebego Attorneys, who ended the evening session with a talk on Contract Law.

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“As a leading business-first hotel in Botswana, we are invested in the development of the community we reside in. We are thrilled to provide a platform for local youth to interact with innovative founders, industry captains and thought leaders. This Talk Factory series is an opportunity for our fashion designers – who are local entrepreneurs themselves – to engage with business practitioners from a variety of industries. The designers will be able to learn from speaker experiences and garner business insights that they can then apply in their profession. This series is also an opportunity for our designers and our stakeholders to make connections and establish relevant partnerships that might be helpful in the business development,” said Masa Square Hotel General Manager, Hayden Bowl.


Masa Square Hotel will this year host its annual Fashion Show, pinned for November 2nd, 2019, the always anticipated fashion extravaganza returns under the exciting theme, “Spotlight on Botswana”.

For a third year running, the Masa Fashion Show continues to redefine the local creative and textiles industry for the better through strengthening cross-industry relationships and creating opportunities for growth in the fashion industry.

The Hotel is set to showcase a one-of-a kind international couture experience which will see thirteen of the country’s seasoned fashion designers, display their proudly Botswana garments, as the Hotel transforms the streets of Gaborone’s Central Business District into a spectacular runway.

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“Relationships are critical to the success of any business, such as with one’s team, suppliers, creditors, employees and customers. The Masa Fashion Show Talk Factory series expands on what we seek to do with the fashion show – to develop local entrepreneurship capacity by bridging the gap between those with experience and those seeking it. It is our hope that through such an engaging platform we can encourage local entrepreneurship and expose talented Botswana entrepreneurs, producers and visionaries,” concluded Hayden.

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