Botswana Telecommunication Corporation Limited through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) office sponsored the 2018 Phonebook cover reveal and Thapong Artist of the Year Awards (TAYA) event at Thapong Visual Arts Centre, to the tune of over                   BWP300, 000.00 .Students  were given the opportunity to design the 2018 Phonebook cover whilst professional artists participated in Thapong Artist of the Year Awards  (TAYA ).The combined Phone Book Cover competition and TAYA ceremony was held on the 23rd November,2017 which saw the winners of the Phone Book Cover Competition and TAYA walking away with the grand prizes of  BWP40, 000.00 and BWP45,000.00 respectively.

In attendance was His Honor Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Culture Development Mr. Thapelo Olopeng, BTC Foundation Chairperson Kgosi Michael Mothobi Letsogile Mothobi, BTC Foundation Deputy Chairperson Dr Baagi Mmereki, BTC Foundation Trustee Gaolatlhe Sechele, BTC Board Chairperson Lorato Ntakhwana, BTC Managing Director Anthony Masunga, Acting Chairperson Thapong Visual Arts Centre Mesh Moeti and BTC EXCO Members .Entertainment was done by Mr. Moroka Moreri.

Soft Montshwara walked away with a whooping  1st prize award of BWP40 000.00 in the BTC 2018 Phonebook Cover  Competition, while the 2nd prize award went to Atang Nkwakweng BWP20 000.00 and the 3rd  award went to Henry Marokane BWP10 000.00. There were seven consolation prizes for top ten art pieces each won a BWP1000.00 cash prize.

 In addition Obed Mokhuhlani was crowned TAYA’s overall winner pocketing BWP45 000.00, with BWP15 000.00 of the prize reserved for him to go to Namibia’s art exchange programme. 2nd  position went to Prika Makosha BWP20 000.00 while Tumelo Galetshwarane won best Craft, which attracted a prize of BWP6 000.00.Sade Rabasha was named Young Artist of the year and scooped BWP12 000.00. Phemelo Maribeng and Omphile Ntakhwana were named 1st and 2nd best Journalist in reporting on arts issues winning BWP5 500.00 and BWP5 000.00 respectively.

Total number of submissions for Phonebook reveal is 139 art pieces for Taya its 117 art pieces, showing that the competition has done well and grown significantly.