Miss Gamalakhe in prestigious beauty final

2016-07-14 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Representing KZN at the Miss Tourism Universe South Africa 2016 pageant are (from left) Amahle Ngaleka (Gamalakhe,) Tasmiyah Khan (Durban) and Sindisiwe Mkhize (Durban).

PHOTO: supplied Representing KZN at the Miss Tourism Universe South Africa 2016 pageant are (from left) Amahle Ngaleka (Gamalakhe,) Tasmiyah Khan (Durban) and Sindisiwe Mkhize (Durban).

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FORMER Miss Gamalakhe, Amahle Ngaleka, will represent Port Shepstone and KwaZulu-Natal, at the Miss Tourism Universe South Africa 2016 pageant in Nelspriut­, Mpumalanga on 16 July at the Emnotweni Arena.

Ngaleka is one of the top 16 finalists.

Miss Tourism Universe South Africa 2016 is a global event, the aim of which is to foster tourism and promote South Africa to the global fashion industry.

Melanie Andrews, administration officer of Mzimari Productions and host of the pageant said Ngaleka was part of the Durban auditions that were held at Garden Court on 25 June, and Ngaleka was the only girl from Port Shepstone who made it through to the finals.

Other auditions were held in Pretoria and Johannesburg.

“The pageant is one that seeks to unearth local talent and offer them an opportunity to showcase their talents on a global stage,” said Andrews.

She said winning the competition means becoming a Tourism South Africa ambassador and driving away in a new car and a cash prize.

Speaking to Fever, Ngaleka said she is extremely proud to represent the province and Port Shepstone.

“It makes me proud to be the only one who was chosen from Port Shepstone, because a number of girls from Sheppy auditioned.”

Ngaleka said when she got to the auditions they wanted to send her home because she was not the correct height, but she was persistent.

“I was told I did not meet the requirements because of my height. I was really disappointed, but because I knew what I wanted, I refused to go home without auditioning,” she said.

As part of the competition each model is required to introduce herself in cultural attire and she chose Isidwaba as her introductory attire.

Should Ngaleka win, she will represent South Africa in Lebanon and Western Asia later this year.

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