The Herald (Harare)

Southern Africa: Miss Southern Africa Contest Postponed

THE Miss Southern Africa pageant, which was supposed to be held on November 10, in Zambia, has been postponed to February 9, next year. Reigning Miss Southern Africa-Zimbabwe Letwin Tiwaringe said she received the communication but did not get reasons why the pageant has been postponed.

"I can confirm that the pageant was postponed but I don't have reasons why the organisers have moved it to February," she said.

The director of the Miss Southern Africa International, Washington Ali, said the dates were moved to February due to lack of funding for the pageant.

However, Tiwaringe said although she was disappointed about the postponement, she was grateful that she can now complete her projects.

"I am supposed to donate some stuff to the Zimbabwe Prison Service, so this gives me ample time to raise the funds. It also gives me time to prepare well for the contest," she said.

The former Face of Chitungwiza 2011 and Miss Harare finalist, said she was hoping to do well in Zambia.

"I have always wanted to represent my country and I want to do my best and raise the country's flag high," she said.

Evelyn Gondo represented Zimbabwe at last year's event but faltered at the grand stage.

Tanzania's Nelly Kamwelo won the Miss Southern Africa International 2011.

Zambia's Persivia Chimfembwe Mulenga and Namibia's Paulina Muloho were crowned first and second princesses.

For being crowned Miss Southern Africa International, Kamwelo won herself a trip to the Seychelles and Lower Zambezi and a tour of the Bumi Hills, courtesy of Seychelles Tourism, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Pro Flight.

She is also the ambassador of breast and cervical cancer during her reign.

Miss Southern Africa is an international event that celebrates the people of Southern Africa, its cultures, the colourful and vibrant fashion of its many ethnic groups, its expressive and emotive music and the beautiful talents of its women.

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