Beauty pageant leads to studies

2016-02-03 06:00
AT the handing-over of the computers were from the left Victor Lebitso (Bethlehem branch manager: Avuxeni Computer Academy), Mupeleng Mashinini (Mashinini Enterprise Trust), Dieketseng Mofokeng (first princess: Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Tjhetane Mofokeng (executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality), Lebohang Motloung (Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Chantelle Cotty, (accounts manager and marketing: Express Eastern Free State, Maluti and Vrystaat), Thandi Mashinini (second princess: Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Motsedisi Rapadi (Absa branch manager: Bethlehem) and Ipatlele Motjeane (relationship executive: Absa). Photo: Tladi Moloi

AT the handing-over of the computers were from the left Victor Lebitso (Bethlehem branch manager: Avuxeni Computer Academy), Mupeleng Mashinini (Mashinini Enterprise Trust), Dieketseng Mofokeng (first princess: Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Tjhetane Mofokeng (executive mayor of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality), Lebohang Motloung (Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Chantelle Cotty, (accounts manager and marketing: Express Eastern Free State, Maluti and Vrystaat), Thandi Mashinini (second princess: Miss Dihlabeng 2015-’16), Motsedisi Rapadi (Absa branch manager: Bethlehem) and Ipatlele Motjeane (relationship executive: Absa). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BETHLEHEM. – The Miss Dihlabeng Beauty Pageant culminated in an epic prize-giving ceremony held at the Bethlehem Town Hall on Friday (29/01).

Tjhetane Mofokeng, the executive mayor of Dihlabeng, expressed his delight at the way the event was presented and concluded by the organisers. According to Mofokeng, an amount of R55 000 has been paid for registration and accommodation at the University of the Free State (UFS) for Miss Dihlabeng as part of her prizes.

He said they were waiting for a quotation for the course that she would be studying so that they could pay the full amount.

Media24 sponsored three computers for the winners. Absa, the Mashinini Enterprise Trust and Avuxeni have also dished out their prizes. The Avuxeni Computer Academy gave out two bursaries to the queen and first princess to study Computer Application Technology at their academy.

The Mashinini Enterprise Trust sponsored a bursary for the second princess to study at the Avuxeni Computer Academy.

Meanwhile, the ten finalists will be trained by Absa on their ready to work programme.

Mofokeng said his office would always take pride in efforts that were aimed at improving the lives of people in the community, especially the youth.

He congratulated the sponsors who participated in the 2015 edition of the contest and pleaded with them to recommit and support the next episode of the contest.

“When Shadrack Maboea, the sponsor and marketer of the event, presented the idea of a contest to me, I never believed that it could happen this way. But he has proved me wrong. I thank him for his dedication and perseverance,” said Mofokeng.

Chantell Cotty, accounts manager and marketer: Express Eastern Free State, Maluti and Vrystaat, said: “We at Express Eastern Free State would like to thank Maboea for affording us the opportunity to plough back into the community.

“We are always willing to join hands with you in making sure that we host a bigger and better beauty pageant,” she said.

In his acknowledgement, Maboea indicated that it was not an individual effort, rather a collective effort by the task team.

“Success came through the dedication, focus and unity of the team. These are energetic and hardworking young people,” he said.

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