Pitse ya naga couple optimistic ahead of next year’s pageant

Mr and Miss Independence Gaborone Region with their recipients
Mr and Miss Independence Gaborone Region with their recipients

After a fruitful year in which they gave back to the society, Mr and Miss Independence Gaborone Region also known as Pitse ya naga couple, Boikhutso Shawe and Lyndon Mothusi are determined to walk away with the title next year.

The Balekane Ba Botswana couple will be turning 50 in 2016 when Botswana celebrates 50th anniversary of independence. The couple has transformed many lives since their crowning last year October.

The couple worked with Moabi Trust Fund and Botswana Institute of Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders (BIRRO) to raise funds for the late kidney patient Lesego Morake.

They provided medical and social support to the late soccer legend Nicholas ‘Lele’ Sebele. After his death, they continued to stick with Sebele’s wife Seikgotlho Sebele after the husband’s demise.

Another soccer legend Samuel “Bra Thiza’ Sekgaphane who has a double amputee of the legs was also fortunate enough to have also been identified by the couple. Pitse Ya Naga couple also worked closely with ex-convicts in a bid to help them reintegrate into their communities. They also helped to donate presents to children from Jesus Christ Healing Church.

In an interview with Mmegi, Shawe said they wanted to show their giving spirit. “As we go into the next year, we are proud of our work and it is an ongoing relationship with our recipients,” she said. She also thanked her family more especially her daughter for sticking with her through this time.

For his part, Mothusi said they are going into the finals of the pageant next year more focused than ever. He said they have established a trust called Pitse ya Naga and they would continue identifying people who need help.

A pastor from Jesus Christ Healing Church, Dorothy Mwei, said their relationship with the couple was mutual. “We also helped Mothusi to be reinstated and allowed to practice law again. He was a lost sheep now he is a changed man,” she said. Mwei said the church would continue to work with the couple and transform more lives.

One of the beneficiaries Sekgaphane also expressed his gratitude towards the Pitse ya Naga couple.

“I thank them for changing my life,” he said. “I was a forgotten somebody and now my life makes sense again.”

Sekgaphane indicated that it was the first time people threw a birthday party for him when he turned 79 earlier this year. “I managed to travel to places I have never been to and they also introduced me to the church and now I am a changed man,” he said.

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