Khayelitsha mum seeks the big prize

2015-05-07 06:00

Lulwanda Tukwayo

Lulwanda Tukwayo

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Khayelitsha house wife Lulwanda Tukwayo is poised for a moment of glory as she is eyeing a spot as one of the top 25 finalists in the Mrs South Africa 2015 pageant.

Friday is a day of reckoning as the big announcement is set to be made and people from Khayelitsha will be rooting for the stunning Tukwayo,30.

She is quiet confident of her chances, though.

Now based in Jo’burg, Tukwayo’s record in beauty pageants, albeit short, makes her one of the favourites for the bookies.

“The UWC pageant was the last pageant I participated in as my focus shifted towards my studies and creating a career for myself,” said Tukwayo.

Mrs South Africa is a pageant for married women in the country with the entrant criteria being a successful woman, mother and wife with a high LSM and between the ages of 25 to 50 years.

The pageant supports the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

Mrs South Africa winners get an opportunity to represent South Africa on the international stage at Mrs World, Mrs Universe and Mrs Globe.

Tukwayo has won all three pageants that she has ever taken part in. She is former Miss Khayelitsha, Miss City Vision and Miss University of Western Cape.

She said she decided to enter the Mrs South Africa pageant because she saw it as a platform that will help her do more of her mentorship work.

“For the past couple of years now I have dedicated my time to mentor young girls from Khayelitsha.

I think it’s important for young girls to know that they too can create a bright future for themselves,” she told City Vision.

The married mother of one, currently works with the Way of Life Church in Khayelitsha led by Pastor Xola Skosana.

Tukwayo, who is a fixed assets manager at Wits University, is studying towards her Masters in Commerce at UCT.

She says that she believes that it is important for the youth, in particular young girls to see that there are people that achieve from the same background.

“The possibilities are there and yes Khayelitsha does get bad press but that is not the only thing going on.

Many people have come from Khayelitsha and succeeded in business, academics and other industries so young people should know this,” she said.

She said that one of her passions was the economic development of the marginalised areas.

“Regardless of how I fair in the competition the work that I have been doing will continue.

It would really help a lot and I’m excited about the prospects,” she added

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