Mkhondo’s own Rising Star

Walking along a township street
Walking along a township street

Many local residents were very excited when it became known that one of our very own local young rising star ladies was a semifinalist in the Miss South Africa pageant.

Great news, however, is that Nthandoyenkosi Kunene (an honours student in Education at Wits University) is now one of only 12 finalists in the competition. The final competition takes place on 19 March, at Carnival City. As part of the build up to the final competition, each of the finalists gets a chance to share her roots with audiences and viewers of the pageant. Production teams visit their hometowns with the young ladies and shoot segments of their home stories. These segments will then be used when the finalists are introduced on TV and during the pageant. The pageant will be showcased in a spectacular two hour live broadcast on both M-Net and Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161) Nthandoyenkosi’s home story was filmed at her home and other places in Thandakukhanya on Wednesday, 27 and Thursday, 28 January.

After filming of her home story had included scenes with children at a tuck shop and talks to young girls of the youth forum, we were privileged enough to attend the shooting of the last segment of her home story. Thandoyenkosi, her friend, her sister and chairman of the youth forum, Treasure Thabede, were filmed while walking along the street towards the Brazilian Peri-Peri to buy some take aways. They were also filmed while chatting and eating. Around them normal life was going on and passersby carried on with whatever they were doing.

A proper township street scene was depicted. A production team of four, kept things running smoothly. They were director Ralegh Greenwood, videographer Michael Washington, assistant Gontse Nkoko and make-up artist Lindsey Swart. Nthandoyenkosi’s mother, Baby Kunene, and other relatives were there to support her, as well. All of them are very proud of her. The 12 final contestants in the pageant will eventually be judged on intelligence, leadership, talent, physical fitness and a dedication to community service. It is clear that it is not enough to only have a beautiful face and body.

Ntandoyenkosi seems to have it all, as well as a lovely personality. Good luck with the last stretch, Nthandoyenkosi! We are all very proud of you!

Our own rising star
Chatting away with friends
Walking along a township street
Walking along a township street