The 2016 Son of the Soil has come and gone, its praise singers and critics remain. One of the organisers of the event Pontsho Pusoetsile conceded that while some of the things did not go as some expected, the event still retained its high quality. One Julian Matlho, who came all the way from Orapa to attend the event with his wife and two kids, said he was not impressed at all and felt cheated.
Matlho said they spend a greater part of the morning with no activities taking place while crowded in a tent. “I am quite disappointed as a first time attendee to the event because I expected more than what I got,” he said. Revellers came out with their best cultural outfits, especially ladies who were clad in the different African prints. The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila hailed the event for making Batswana embrace their culture.
Mokaila said looking at the turn up it is very evident that Batswana are hungry for such events and that is something that they appreciate. “That is why I decided to come here when I saw the invitation, and I can say that it was worth it because it is all beautiful in here,” he said. The event was attended by many industry leaders, diplomats and ministers, with education minister Unity Dow having a great time even singing with one of the choirs that were competing. The US ambassador to Botswana Earl Miller was part of the patrons as was former President Sir Ketumile Masire.