Make country proud, pick our Thobeka

2017-09-14 06:01
Thobeka with little children she aspires to become like her in the future.

Thobeka with little children she aspires to become like her in the future.

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By day Mandalay’s Thobeka Kanyie Siganga,40, is moulding the minds of Cape Peninsula University of Technology nursing students.

And at night she becomes a doting mother to her two little precious daughters Fakazile and Inomusa and a wife to a loving husband Dali.

In between all of this, Thobeka is a philanthropist who wants to make a difference in other people’s lives.

“I identify myself as a philanthropist. I have a big heart for communities. I believe it’s my responsibility; I cannot just turn a blind eye and live in my own cocoon,” she said.

With this in mind, Thobeka entered for Mrs Commonwealth South Africa National Pageant.

The pageant, which is in its third year, is for successful women.

Commonwealth Pageants South Africa’s national director Anel de Swardt said the Mrs Commonwealth SA title’s main aim is to award women for their efforts in making South Africa a better place.

De Swardt said, “The competition is open to married women between the ages of 25 to 55 years old. It is so much more than a beauty pageant and can rather be seen as an empowerment programme for married women.”

“The whole nation agrees that we are sitting with many problems but the question is, what are we doing about them.

This year, I became a finalist in the Mrs Commonwealth South Africa National Pageant.

“This is a women’s empowerment program for leadership,” she said.

Thobeka said what attracted her to this program was its core function of bringing wealth into our communities.

“We cannot deny that wealth is an essential for every household, yes for every society. There is still a lot that needs to be done in and for our communities”, she said.

Thobeka used the Mrs Commonwealth South Africa Finalist platform for the community and youth influence.

“Our youth is demotivated on account of disengagement and the lack of responsibility,” she said.

Thobeka availed herself to give service by engaging these youngsters regarding their careers as well as encouraging them to take full responsibility of their own lives.

“ I am grateful at this opportunity to have a positive influenced on them, reminding them of the values of our society as a young girl. Our main slogan during this event was: “I am a Princess”.

You could see the smiles on the faces of these young girls when they proudly proclaimed that they were the princesses.

“I believe they learned a lot, including confidence and public speaking. They say a leader without followers is not a leader.

Reflecting on my own personal life, I remember that during my early teenage years, I gained confidence from being crowned a queen in my local community.

Afterwards, I had to conciously conduct myself ethically as I was I aware that the whole community was looking up to me as role model.

The newly crowned winner will represent South Africa at various International pageants in 2018.

The contestants will share the stage with top South African Artists and the aim of the pageant is to bring wealth to the community through various projects

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