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2016-11-02 06:01
Miss Mamelodi Sundowns semi-finals winners in the Northern Cape are from the left Nthabiseng Mlangeni (22) and Boingotlo Mankayi (23). Photo: Boipelo Mere

Miss Mamelodi Sundowns semi-finals winners in the Northern Cape are from the left Nthabiseng Mlangeni (22) and Boingotlo Mankayi (23). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE two Miss Mamelodi Sundowns semi-finalists from the Northern Cape, Boingotlo Mankayi (23) and Nthabiseng Mlangeni (22), were recently announced at the Protea Hotel on Friday, 21 October.

This follows the closure of the search for Miss Mamelodi Sundowns on 5 October.

These two were amongst the aspiring young women selected from a shortlist of provincial contestants.

Kerusha Govender, project manager and former Miss Mamelodi Sundowns, said they were looking for young women who embody what the Mamelodi Sundowns brand stands for.

“Each contestant must have a strong moral code, be highly ethical and displays resolute integrity.

“She must be proud of her heritage and culture.

“She must be humble, able to connect easily with people and, most importantly, she must demonstrate a love for all the citizens of South Africa,” added Govender.

The project manager pointed out that although there were fewer entries in the Northern Cape compared to other provinces, the quality of the contestants was exceptio-nally high.

“Not only will they do their pro-vince proud, but they are exactly the type of young women that Mamelodi Sundowns wants to invest in.

“Boingotlo and Nthabiseng are incredibly passionate about their communities.

“This pageant affords them an opportunity to not only uplift their communities, but also to reach their own dreams.”

The announcement event saw celebrity guest judge KG Smallz, who is a local DJ and radio presenter, give the young contestants valuable advice on how to deal with people, especially in the media, during the interactive workshops.

More about the two semi-finalists from the Northern Cape:

  • Nthabiseng Mlangeni, from Seodin in Kuruman, is completing her three-year-degree in Strategic Communications and Research at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

She started taking her love for modelling in 2014 on her arrival at the university.

Those efforts have born fruit.

She was then crowned Miss University of Johannesburg’s second princess and Miss Beauty Legs in the same year of 2014.

Excited by her achievement in the semi-finals, Mlangeni said she expects it to open many doors and opportunities for her.

She further expressed that she prays for both herself and Mankayi to bring home the big title and or to be amongst the top three.

“Although I am currently preparing for my final examinations, I already feel well-prepared to put my province (the Northern Cape) on the map, as it also deserves a chance to be amongst the top three. It will be for the first time,” she said.

Her plan is to use the R60 000 winnings to pay for her outstanding varsity fees and then use some to prepare for the national pageant.

“Then my next step will be aiming for the Miss South Africa title,” she said.

  • Hailing from Kimberley, Boingo-tlo Mankayi’s pride lies in her opportunity to represent her province, the Northern Cape.

She is currently a full-time nurse at the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein and a part-time model.

Her prize money will be partly spent on the deposit towards her car that she has always wanted and on projects that she has lined up to work with empowering the youth towards modelling careers.

According to her, it is very important for her to encourage and motivate young models that nothing is impossible in life, even though there are such limited opportunities available in the Northern Cape.

“Our beautiful diamonds in the Northern Cape do not get enough platforms like this one that Mamelodi Sundowns created to display their talent.

“Thus my plan is to work with them to build their confidence.

“Confidence is something that one can work on. That is how I managed to make it to the semi-finals.”

Her first beauty pageant she won was when she was crowned Miss Glamorous Free State in 2014.

Then followed the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns semi-finals, which she plans to nail after much preparation.

Mankayi’s next step is to enter for the Miss South Africa pageant after two failed attempts at being shortlisted.

“I am going to enter for the third time and aim on making my province proud of being amongst the top 12 and hopefully make it to the finals.

“I want the people of my province to proudly say: ‘That is our diamond.’ I am one person who does not take losing lightly.”

She said that it was the reason she managed to overcome her stage fright.

“Whenever I am on stage there is still that little nervousness, but it get clouded by joy and excitement.”

Each contestant must have a strong moral code, be highly ethical and displays resolute integrity.

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