From the striking red carpet fashion to the production razzle-dazzle that saw contestants go from social activists to pretty maidens, it was a Heritage Day celebration to beat all others.
On Thursday night, The Venue in Melrose Arch was packed with special invited guests who came to witness the culmination of the pageant, where Eastern Cape beauty Ziphozinhle Ntlanganiso was declared Miss Heritage South Africa 2015.
The petit finance transformation associate trumped 17 other contestants to be announced as the queen of the evening. “This is amazing! It’s a dream come true for me to be chosen as the embodiment of our diverse cultures and heritage. I’m humbled by this great honour and promise to be the best ambassador for South Africa that I can be when I compete on the world stage,” said an ecstatic Ntlanganiso.
Rotondwa Musitha was crowned first princess and Karabo Maupa declared second princess.
The pageant was a heady mixed bag or culturally relevant segments that painted a picture of a country rich in heritage and united in its diversity. Judges included the reigning Miss World Universal Charnet Korff; prime time news anchor and SABC News bulletin editor Mahendra Raghunath; international model and author Stevel Marc; Gaschette magazine fashion director Jessica Lupton; businesswoman and author Fikile Mekgoe; and actor and film industry creative Thapelo Mokoena.
Miss Heritage South Africa director, Dr. Laverne Asante, declared the evening an unmitigated success. “This has been the best Miss Heritage South Africa yet! The support we have received from everyone, including our sponsor Airoma, shows that South Africa takes its heritage, cultures and history seriously. This gathering marks the beginning of a new way of celebrating the annual Heritage Day holiday. ”
Besides the on-stage extravaganza the contestants put on, guests were also treated to the funky Afro-pop fusion sounds of Busiswa and sexy R&B star Donald. The inimitable and spunky Khanyi Mbau shared emcee duties with current Mr South Africa, Armand Du Plessis.
The sensational evening was just a taste of what’s to come in November when the Miss Heritage Global pageant, with contestants from over 50 countries, takes place at the Sandton International Convention Centre. It’s an event not to be missed!
Article:Nicholas Munzhedzi /Madoda Ntuli