Ms Mbwe also noted that since the contest started six years back, more girls from the subdistrict, particularly in Kweneng and Loologane settlement have showed interest as they registered in large numbers.
With the pageant making a difference in many young people's lives, Ms Mbwe said that she insisted that the pageant should continue in future so that the participants could also compete on other beauty pageants such as Miss Botswana.
The numbers are the result of a concerted, long-term effort, as well as reorganization of the company's MBWE program in 1989 under the umbrella of Procurement Opportunity Program (POP).
Has this forced BGE to streamline its supplier base or cut back on MBWE purchasing?
A retired community health nurse, Ms Boitshwarelo Mbwe, said although churches were making efforts to augment government endeavours in the fight against social ills, they needed to have their own centres in order to tackle the root cause of the challenges.
Ms Mbwe said the church had not dealt with the root cause, adding that rehabilitation centres would be ideal for providing support, counselling and education to the affected.