Among the roses
THE PRESIDENT AND THE PAGEANT: President Jacob Zuma chats to Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar and Miss Russia, Ksenia Shipilova when he welcomed the 120 Miss World contestants in Pretoria yesterday. He said the pageant promoted unity and togetherness. ‘Many challenges face the world, such as poverty, disease and conflict,’ Zuma said. ‘Our Miss World contestants and national queens can play an important role in raising awareness about these ills, and promote action for peace, love, togetherness and prosperity.’ It also encouraged ‘people-to-people contact and co-operation’. He wished the contestants well and urged them to enjoy what the country had to offer. The pageant takes place in Johannesburg on December 12.