… As he opens Room50two resort
The trendy highest dining location in the city – Room50two – was officially opened by the President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday.
But in an interesting twist the President was caught by surprise when Master of Ceremonies Joey Mothibi asked for his tie that he gave away without hesitation though. This came as a precursor to the actual auctioning of artworks that were displayed.
Even though the auctioneer thought that was going to be a tedious job since he has never had to sell a tie before, he was surprised that the tie was able to sell at a valuable price of P11 000 to the applause and excitement of the guests.
Some of the 14 artworks that were auctioned came from some of the experienced painters in the country including the likes of Reginald Bakwena, Ditshupo Mogapi, Velias Ndaba and Veryan Edwards.
There were also artworks that were made by the Khoi San like Qgam Khax’a, Qgocgae Cao and Xaga Tcixg’ao. All artworks sold for more than P10 000 with the highest selling art piece going for close to P60 000.
The Director of Room50two Gaurang Mooney said they are happy to be opening Room50two and the growth of their overall business which boosts of four hotels. He said Room50two was made to be a definite choice for demanding business travellers and it stands as the country’s biggest boutique hotel and the first hotel located in the high rise building.
“Many of our international guests tell us that they have seldom stayed in a hotel of our standard and that is because of the quality that we provide,” he said. Mooney emphasised that with a management that is 100% local, they also have employed more than 100 workers who are all Batswana.
He said they will continue to employ local managers and stuff as they transform the country and contributes to its flourishment.
President Masisi applauded Room50two management for changing the landscape of the city through the establishment of the hotel like theirs.
“I am glad to know that this hotel is the epitome of business innovation, and to know that most products that were used in this hotel were sourced locally is commendable,” he said.
He said tourism has been identified as one of the priority sectors and Government was committed to promoting the ease of doing business in Botswana. He encouraged the private sector to encourage full participation of Batswana in the tourism sector. Among beneficiaries of funds raised from the selling of artworks is Loborta Botswana Art Teachers Association, which was formed in 2009 by a group of retired teachers.