Msunduzi News (English)

Msunduzi’s star ready to dazzle the Miss South Africa stage

- By Siyethaba Mhlongo

MSUNDUZI’S very own star Miss Matshepo Sithole from Imbali has put her City on the map in this year’s Miss SA pageant where she is amongst the finalists.

Sithole has appealed to the residents in her hometown and KwaZulu- Natal to help get her to the finals by casting their votes as she’s already amongst the top 15 semifinali­sts in the renowned pageant.

“I fell in love with modelling when I was still at the Pietermari­tzburg Girls High. When I entered my first beauty pageant I came third and was crowned the second princess. Last year I entered Miss Tuks Village at the University of Pretoria and I won and walked away with the queen’s crown,” said Sithole.

She said it was only last when she won Miss Tuks Village that she realised that she could actually have a shot at the most sort after crown of Miss SA.

“There was nothing in particular that pushed me but I just got that feeling that I should enter because it’s something that I love,” she said.

She said she planned on making the City of Choice and the province proud.

“Our province is known all over because we’ve had people who have done well in some of the big competitio­ns in South Africa such as Noma Khumalo who won Idols and she’s from right here in Msunduzi.

“I also want to grow the creative industry right here in my hometown and for this industry to be protected, respected and embraced because there are still those who look down on it.

“We are talking photograph­ers, actors, authors, poets and musicians – I want all of them to get their opportunit­y to shine but that has to start right here in our province.”

She said sometimes there is a problem when parents reject the idea of their children going into the creative arts industry because they want them to choose careers such as law, medicine, teaching or being a nurse.

“That breaks my heart because choosing what you want to study is the first step towards realising your dreams and I also believe that as people we all have different dreams and wishes which we would like to see coming true.”

Sithole said the problem is that societal issues end up influencin­g what happens inside people’s home and that leads to parents wanting their children to take a certain path because they believe that is what will lead them to success.

Miss Sithole is in the fourth year of her law degree at the University of Pretoria. She is very passionate about the modelling industry which she said she would like to see getting the respect and recognitio­n like other sectors as it is currently underappre­ciated by many.

“It’s important for people to do what they love. I want to see people being able to make a living through their talents. Covid-19 showed how much this sector is still very much undermined and not protected at all,” she said.

She said the public can cast their votes in two ways. Those voting with credit cards must visit Miss South Africa website www. misssa.co.za, click on the Miss South Africa 2020 tab then click on Top 15, select No.8 which is Matsepo Sithole’s profile and her Computicke­t voting link will open where the voter must put their email address and password then enter the amount. Each vote costs R5.

To vote using cash, people can go to the money market counter in store (at any Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Shoprite or Usave). Choose your voting bundle of R20, R50 or R100 and the cashier will cast your votes on the Computicke­t system and print your voting receipt. There will be three voting bundles available: R20 - 4 votes; R50 - 12 votes (plus two free votes) and R100 - 25 votes (plus five free votes).

“My message to the youth of this province is that you must know yourself and be certain about what you want – and that has nothing to do with where you come from. Your dreams will come true but you must work hard if you want to succeed,” said Sithole.

She concluded by thanking the public for the support – those who voted for her and those who wanted to because they wanted the flag of this province to continue shining.

 ?? (Picture: Andile Mahlaba) ?? Matsepo Sithole from Msunduzi is contesting in the Miss SA pageant
(Picture: Andile Mahlaba) Matsepo Sithole from Msunduzi is contesting in the Miss SA pageant

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