Pupil crowned Miss Thembu


SINOVUYO Bokveld of Qo­qo­dala has won the Miss Thembu Na­tion cul­tural pageant. The Nz­i­mankulu Sec­ondary School pupil was en­cour­aged by her teacher and choir con­duc­tor – Lungile Nyuk­wana and Xabiso Mti­rara – to en­ter the pageant which took place in Uiten­hage re­cently.

“Af­ter a girl from my area, Ngcwelekazi Shenx­ane, was crowned as the Thembu queen, I gained a lot of in­ter­est. Since 2014, my school has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion, which takes place dur­ing the June school hol­i­days.”

Bokveld said she had learnt more about her tribe, the AbaThembu, and the cul­tural cus­toms.

“I also gained knowl­edge about other tribes, such as AmaXhosa and AmaMpon­domise, which are dif­fer­ent and com­monly mis­taken as one.”

The girls were judged upon their con­fi­dence lev­els, how they re­cited praise songs and how they rep­re­sented their tribes and them­selves.

Bokveld said she was look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing the AbaThembu in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Dur­ban next month.

“My fam­ily was be­hind me through­out the process. I ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port I got from them, my school and friends.”

Nyuk­wana said it had been fit­ting for Bokveld to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, “be­cause she is a pos­i­tive per­son who is al­ways will­ing to as­sist and also does well aca­dem­i­cally.”

Bokveld will com­pete against other par­tic­i­pants on Oc­to­ber 7 in Dur­ban at the In­doni Miss Cul­tural South Africa 2017-18.

“I prac­tise every day. If I make any changes [to my rou­tine], I al­ways check with my chap­er­one Ayabonga Desemela as we are in this to­gether.”

Vote by send­ing a mes­sage, In­doni Thembu, to 48496.


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