Indoni Queen welcomed

2015-10-14 06:00
PUSELETSO MALOKA (Miss Indoni Culture South Africa 2015), Prince Malinga (facilitator) and Nhlanhla Moloi (Mr Indoni Culture) wave to the people who came to welcome them at the Maanankoe Secondary School
Tladi Moloi

PUSELETSO MALOKA (Miss Indoni Culture South Africa 2015), Prince Malinga (facilitator) and Nhlanhla Moloi (Mr Indoni Culture) wave to the people who came to welcome them at the Maanankoe Secondary School .Photo: Tladi Moloi

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QWAQWA. – On the afternoon of Monday, 12 October, a Toyota Atios painted with the red, yellow and white Indoni colours, drove on the R57 towards the Thibella Village deep in Qwaqwa where a group of learners and other community members waited.

They waited at the Maanankoe Secondary School to give Puseletso Maloka (17), the Miss Indoni Culture South Africa for 2015, a heroic welcome.

While the car was slowly driving towards the school, the people in Qwaqwa did not know that not only was the car delivering one of their own as the 2015 Indoni Culture queen, but that the car was also part of the prizes she had won.

As the car approached the school gate, those who knew that the queen was in the car, started ululating while others sang songs of praise to show their excitement.

This was all done to celebrate Puseletso’s victory as the 2015 Miss Indoni Culture. She won it on Saturday evening in the arena of the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Puseletso, who is a gr. 11-learner at the Maananko Secondary School in Qwaqwa, contested with 11 other kingdoms while she represented the Basotho. She advanced to the national contest after she was voted queen of the Free State three months ago in the contest which was hosted at the Manthatisi Secondary School.

This brave and confident girl gave a hint in an interview with Express Eastern Free State, ahead of the national contest, that she was going to win the competition, adding that she has met the contestants during their recent photo-shoot and that they were no threat to her.

She was quoted as saying before the main event: “I am going to win it. I had a chance to meet the contestants during a recent photo-shoot in Limpopo and none of them gave me a shock. I think I should just go there and show them what I am made of.”

Puseletso said she was happy to be the Indoni Queen of South Africa. She added that the competition was very tough and not as easy as she thought it would be.

“Yes, I said it before that I would come home victorious, but telling you that was just faith and a way of motivating myself before the big moment. I have learned many things during the competition. I am happy that my culture and pride has earned me something in life,” she said.

The queen’s mother, Mapule Maloka, said she knew that her daughter was going to win the competition. “I know my child and I had prepared her before that event. I am proud of her, but I want to thank all people who had played a part in guiding her to victory,” she said.

Dr. Thembinkosi Biela, the chief operations officer of Indoni, said he was happy to see Puseletso winning the national contest. He said he was there in June when she was chosen as the Free State winner.

“I told her that time that I saw a 2015 Indoni queen in her, if she could just be the way she was in the provincial levels. She did exactly that. Just after she was announced as winner, I went back to her and said: ‘I told you so!’

She is a proud Sotho girl, who reflects and respects her culture and has self-discipline,” he said.

Biela said a big event would be held in December where Puseletso would be presented with her gifts officially. “She is the South African queen. Event things should be done professionally for her. We want to thank her parents, schools management and those who mentored her during hard times,” Biela concluded

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