Dad's lesson helped Miss SA

2005-12-12 08:56

Johannesburg - To fight with perseverance for what she believes in.

This is the lesson the new Miss South Africa, Nokuthula (Thuli) Sithole, 21, of Midrand, remembered on Saturday evening. A lesson taught to her by her father, a surgeon, who died in June.

"The whole week before the evening of the crowning I said that if I didn't win I'd still make my mark in other ways and do my own thing. Now that's no longer necessary because now people will know about me."

Sithole was crowned with a very expensive tanzanite tiara by Claudia Henkel, last year's Miss South Africa, in the presence of well-known personalities in the business, fashion and entertainment worlds.

Avumile Qongqo of Cape Town and Matapa Maila of Pretoria were named first and second princesses respectively.

Sithole's duties during her reign

Sithole received a brand new Smart car and other prizes to the value of thousands of rands. She will have to put her engineering studies at the University of the Witwatersrand on hold for the moment as charity work lies ahead.

Sithole will also take over the awareness and support campaign for the Tapologo HIV/Aids Centre outside Rustenburg, which Henkel supported during the year of her reign.

In this year's competition various women, including former Miss South Africa Suzette van der Merwe, were honoured as icons for the work they are doing. The competition was also dedicated to the 16-day campaign against woman- and child abuse - while presenters Sami Sabiti and Carol Manana both wore the symbolic white ribbon.

Among the celebrities attending the grand occasion were various former bearers of the Miss South Africa crown: Kerishnie Naicker, the newly-married Joan Ramagoshi, Cindy Nel and Vanessa Carreira. Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his wife, Dr Precious Moloi, were also there.