Search is on for the next Miss Soweto

Chance of a life­time for hope­fuls as en­tries open

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THE SEARCH is on for the next Miss Soweto. On­line en­tries for the pageant opened ear­lier this month, and if you fancy your­self as the next queen of the coun­try’s big­gest town­ship and are between the ages of 18 and 24, then this one is for you.

Now in its 39th year, the beauty pageant has seen the likes of busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo and ra­dio pre­sen­ter Ler­ato Kganyago take home the ti­tle and go on to be­come thriv­ing per­son­al­i­ties in the me­dia in­dus­try.

At the week­end, Miss Soweto Nthabiseng Kgasi cel­e­brated her birth­day at The Box Shop in Vi­lakazi Street, Or­lando West.

She spent her Satur­day with chil­dren from the three cen­tres that she has been sup­port­ing through­out her reign.

“I’ve worked with all the cen­tres be­fore and have al­ways been in­volved in ini­tia­tives where I would visit to do­nate prod­ucts to them.”

Kgasi turned 22 on Satur­day, and in the spirit of Man­dela Month, she de­cided to give back to her com­mu­nity.

Kgasi said: “The chil­dren from the Klip­town Youth Pro­gram, Em­n­deni Drop-in Cen­tre and Them­be­lenkosini Care Givers in Se­naoane came to cel­e­brate my birth­day with me. I took the chil­dren from their en­vi­ron­ment, and the day was amaz­ing. We had a num­ber of spon­sors and the chil­dren re­ceived toys, lunch and goodie bags.”

Kgasi, who is a thirdyear mar­ket­ing stu­dent, said she was blessed to have a fam­ily and com­mu­nity who sup­ported her.

“Most of the kids are from im­pov­er­ished back­grounds. I wanted it to also be their day and let ev­ery­one cel­e­brate with me. We started the day with ac­tiv­i­ties and a show from Nathi sci­en­tists, had jump­ing cas­tles and also had a dance-off and per­for­mances from Mo­folo Melodies,” she added.

The Protea Glen beauty said her reign had been chal­leng­ing, but she be­lieved that with those chal­lenges came much-needed ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It has been an amaz­ing ride. The peo­ple I have met along the jour­ney have been so help­ful and I have made the reign a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and some­thing I will carry af­ter the crown.”

Kgasi said she would con­tinue with her monthly ini­tia­tives with the cen­tres even af­ter her reign and also planned to en­ter the Miss South Africa pageant.

For all the Miss Soweto hope­fuls, she has some ad­vice: “I first en­tered in 2015 and got placed as a run­ner-up. I want them to be­lieve in them­selves. They are ca­pa­ble of achiev­ing any­thing that they put their mind to.

“A lot of the time, peo­ple tend to fo­cus on ex­ter­nal fac­tors and lose who they are. Iden­tify you and in­vest in you.”

The on­line en­tries can be sub­mit­ted on the White Star Face­book page or at WhiteS­ and close on Au­gust 7.

Once the top 20 have been se­lected, the fi­nal­ists will be coached and taken through a train­ing pro­gramme that will see them do re­hearsals and pub­lic ap­pear­ances, all the while be­ing judged. The main event will be held on Novem­ber 25 at the Soweto Theatre.

IN­CUM­BENT: Miss Soweto Nthabiseng Kgasi cel­e­brated her 22nd birth­day with chil­dren from three cen­tres in Soweto at The Box Shop on Vi­lakazi Street, Or­lando West at the week­end.

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