Barclays Bank of Botswana has officially launched the season 3 of ‘Madi Majwana, stories from the pocket’. Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology Fidelis Molao applauded Maitisong and Barclays for bringing a transformative drama to Batswana. Madi Majwana is a drama and stage production that reveals the hard hitting reality of those affected by job losses in large industries like BCL which is currently closed. He applauded Barclays for its efforts, saying as government that is what they encourage because many lives have been changed because of the project, even the local broadcasting and hospitality industry. “I encourage all financial institutions and insurance companies to invest in financial education that will be beneficial to the people because if more people know about financial literacy they will then make very informative financial decisions,” he said. Maitisong director Gao Lemmenyane said the aim of the story is to reflect the grey, black and white areas of ideal life monetary habits, successes and failures and as such the programme has grown to become a vehicle for social commentary. He said that the collaboration with Barclays proves that as a financial institution it cares about the community within which it operates.
Barclays’ Managing Director Reinette van der Merwe revealed her excitement about the new edition of Madi Majwana, saying over the past four years they have committed more than P3 million on the project including a commitment of P1.2 million this year. She said since its implementation they haven engaged over 250 young people with the highlight being the training of 35 young people as debt counsellors. “The economic benefits of Madi Majwana cannot be overemphasized because it engages youth as creative artists, actors, scriptwriters, production team members and monitoring and evaluation assistants,” she said. One of the actors, who has been part of the production from the beginning in 2013 when it was still called Pula Money Matters, Kabelo Mojuta said his life has changed since he became part of the production. He is now a full time artist, and was also the lucky 35 that took part in the debt counselling course. “I now have a certificate in that and I can be hired to do the job, and that is why I am glowing because I am paid well and my life has changed. I am glad I have been part of the production from the beginning,” he said. The Madi Majwana team is now on a nationwide tour that will run until March 5, 2017. The Season 3 has been airing on radio since the 13th of February. It plays on Mondays at 0650am on Yarona FM, Wednesdays at 1350pm on Gabz FM, Thursdays at 1635pm on RB2 and Fridays at 1830pm on Duma FM.