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Gwen Watkins

Your PR, events & communications solution in Botswana and South Africa
Location:Gaborone, Botswana

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Gwen is the only Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) in Botswana, a member of SAFREA and SASJA, a sub-editor for BizCommunity and the author of a book on conference & Events Planning. She freelances for Independent Newspapers and other SA media. She offers training in all her specialities
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SA vs Botswana: The Woolworths price difference

As the rand weakens and the pula strengthens, so consumers in Botswana find the gap in the cost of goods between South Africa and Botswana in Woolworths grows and not in their favour.

By Gwen Watkins 5 Mar 2014 16:02

Airport Junction ups the ante in Gaborone

Retailing in Gaborone just took another upswing with the opening of the Airport Junction, within the newly developed precinct in which Builders Warehouse opened last year.

By Gwen Watkins 3 May 2012 14:53

SA retailers boost Botswana's malls

Since I arrived in Gaborone in June 2011, the retail environment has just been getting better. One of the initial reasons that I rented our house in this area, (Broadhurst Ext 44) was the large sign, less than a kilometre away, that read "Sebele Centre opening end June - Pick n Pay, Woolworths and many more shops".

By Gwen Watkins 2 Nov 2011 12:16

Chefs of the world unite against hunger in South Africa

At a media launch for the Bidvest World Chefs' Tour Against Hunger, held yesterday 24 May 2011 at Punchinellos at Southern Sun Montecasino, Dr Bill Gallagher made a plea for support from corporates and the public for the forthcoming event, scheduled for 21-30 August 2011.

By Gwen Watkins 25 May 2011 14:41

New chef at Budmarsh Lodge introduces international tastes, ideas

Budmarsh Lodge appointed its internationally trained chef, Chris Tustian late last year and already he is encouraging its guests to experience European ideas allied to South African tastes in creating menus that underlie why this boutique hotel in the Magaliesberg so richly deserves its 5-star rating.

By Gwen Watkins 28 Mar 2011 14:12

Flight of faith pays off

This year's Unilever Food Solutions By Invitation Only competition, one of South African's most prestigious annual culinary competitions, was won by Petrus Madutlela, currently at the Savoy in London, in a tense cook-off at Hostex on Wednesday 16 March 2011.

By Gwen Watkins 17 Mar 2011 10:52

March for women in the African Women's Decade

Internationally recognised as Women's History Month, March 2011 has seen South Africa benefit from top international and local speakers at women's events in Johannesburg.

By Gwen Watkins 16 Mar 2011 11:25

Yellow Brick Road filled with guests

Having attended Thursday, 24 February's first night's performance of the Pop Up Cinema in South Africa at Arts on Main, I urge that film buffs follow on Facebook to catch its next movie event, which is in Cape Town. The effort made by TCM to recreate the wonderful land of Oz was exceptional; great décor and characters dressed to perfection - a wonderful cowardly lion, flying monkeys darting here and there, and my personal favourite, the witch, who attempted to lure guests into alleys and dead ends.

By Gwen Watkins 2 Mar 2011 15:10

Greening business events

At Meetings Africa, which wraps up today, 23 February 2011, at the Sandton Convention Centre, the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI) presented 'Green - the only colour for business tourism' workshop, as part of its educational sessions the exhibition. This covered the need for the events industry to embrace sustainable practices, an excellent case study of the building of Business Events Australia, the lessons learned from the greening of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and the introduction of the Event Greening Forum in South Africa.

By Gwen Watkins 23 Feb 2011 13:32

Laugh a minute

The Nando's Jozi Comedy Festival opened last night, Monday 26 July 2010, at the Teatro in Montecasino and audiences left holding their sides from a two-hour comedy workout that spared no one in its biting satirical moments. From the moment, Jonathon Arons of the US opened with his trombone act, the audience knew it was at the 'United Nations of Comedy'.

By Gwen Watkins 27 Jul 2010 10:05

Taste of Hostex 2010 at Michelangelo

As a taste of what Hostex 2010, Cape Town will offer, Lynn Chamier, exhibition director of Hostex, invited select media to a Chef's Kitchen lunch at the Michelangelo Hotel Sandton on Tuesday, 8 September 2009.

By Gwen Watkins 9 Sep 2009 13:16

Only two Gold Eagles go to King James, DDB SA

There were only two Gold Eagles awarded this year in the Eagle Print Awards, sponsored by Independent Newspapers and the Inc: one went to King James (Cape Town) and the other to DDB South Africa. Continuing the Cape flush, a sweep of Bronze Eagles winged their way to Jupiter Drawing Room (Cape Town) at the award evening held earlier this week at the refurbished Alexander Theatre in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

By Gwen Watkins 17 Oct 2008 10:49