Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (@MIssKunene) did not disappoint her parents, herself or anyone from her hometown when she was crowned as the new Miss South Africa last week, in fact, great excitement reigned.
On Saturday, 19 March 2016, seemingly all residents of Mkhondo who could possibly watch TV on DSTV, channel 161, did so. It was, after all, time for the final of the 58th Miss SA pageant at Carnival City in the East Rand. Our very own Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (23), had made it through all stages and was one of 12 finalists from across the country, competing for the crown. In Soweto, she is named the Pageant Queen! Her first title was that of Miss Raindrop at the Rainbow Festival in Piet Retief (category 4 – 6 years).
Excitement and anticipation had been building up especially during the last few weeks before the miss SA pageant final and Ntandoyenkosi’s support grew even stronger. She seemed to be quite a firm crowd favourite on the night of the competition as well. She handled the question and answer section extremely well. Some of the judges had said that they were looking for someone who would represent the country on the international stage. Nthandoyenkosi was chosen to do just that.
She said that she was determined to make a difference during her reign and that she is delighted because she has the opportunity to give back to her nation. Elizabeth Molapo was named first princess and Tayla Skye as second princess. As the winner, Nthandoyenko s i Kunene has won cash, a car and products valued at more than R2 million. Some very hard work (something she does not shy away from) lies in wait for her, though, and her honours studies in Education will most probably have to be completed later. After the glitzy ceremony at Carnival City, a very proud Mr Christopher Kunene (Nthandoyenkosi”s father) telephonically informed the Excelsior News that he was “over the moon” with happiness for his child.
Her just as proud mother, Mrs Baby Kunene, is the one who taught her to model. For Nthandoyenkosi, being crowned as Miss SA 2016, was a dream come true. She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practising my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.” Now she will represent South Africa at the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants at the end of 2016.
Congratulations, Ntandoyenkosi! Everyone from your hometown, including relatives, friends, teachers (from Piet Retief Primary and Piet Retief High School) and the staff at the Excelsior News, is extremely proud of you! We know that you firmly believe that “the truest form of beauty is that of a beautiful heart” (Ntandoyenkosi Kunene). The new Miss SA said that she would like “To inspire little girls like myself to have big dreams; to be a beacon of hope to the hopeless and to encourage young women to work tirelessly towards their goals, dreams and ambitions.” Nthandoyenkosi’s parents want to once again thank the whole community for their wonderful support.