Beauty pageant takes off

2016-05-18 06:00
AT the crowning of Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools are from the left, front: Yonela Louw (first princess), Pelonomi Moatlhodi (Miss Kimberley High Schools) and Tegan Wakeford (second princess); back: Bontle Tshite, Rethabile Kgoro (both master of ceremonies), Reman Januarie (first prince), Moses Mooki (Mr Kimberley High Schools), Lwazi Bosch (organiser), Olebogeng Straus (model), Kago Dintwe (second prince), Neo Adams (choreographer), Unathi Mkhize and Amanda Oor.   Photo: Boipelo Mere

AT the crowning of Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools are from the left, front: Yonela Louw (first princess), Pelonomi Moatlhodi (Miss Kimberley High Schools) and Tegan Wakeford (second princess); back: Bontle Tshite, Rethabile Kgoro (both master of ceremonies), Reman Januarie (first prince), Moses Mooki (Mr Kimberley High Schools), Lwazi Bosch (organiser), Olebogeng Straus (model), Kago Dintwe (second prince), Neo Adams (choreographer), Unathi Mkhize and Amanda Oor. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE organisers of the Mr and Miss Kimberley High Schools beauty pageant pride themselves in the success the event, held on Friday (13/05) of.

This success rested on the shoulders of young local directors, artistic directors, choreographers and make-up artists who put their heads together to make it happen.

School principals, parents and learners attended the event. Professional artist DJ Calypsoul performed for the audience in the packed hall.

According to Manaka Productions, whose brainchild the event was, this year saw the official launch of the pageant, after the inaugural event in May 2015.

Initially the whole initiative was aimed at bringing high schools in Kimberley together through events, and promoting artistry in schools.

“Our vision has grown, as we are putting more effort in improving the lives of the people, especially the youth,” said Motheo Manaka, one of the directors of Manaka Productions.

The company has also admitted that the event would not have been realised had it not been for the co-operation of different high schools in and around Kimberley. The number of schools involved has reportedly grown from seven to ten.

The high schools that participated in the 2015 beauty peagant were Kimberley Girls’ High, Kimberley Boys’ High, the St Cyprian’s Grammar School, Christian Brothers College, Northern Cape High School and the Kimberley Technical High School.

“We managed to incorporate two schools from Galeshewe, Tetlanyo and Emang Mmogo, as well as the Elisabeth Conradie School. To our amazement, they beat the odds and emerged as winners,” said Manaka.

The organisers do, however, admit that it was not a walk in the park to put the event together.

“Getting sponsorships were the most difficult part. We only managed to get sponsorship for cash prizes for the finalists.

“Also, the two winners will be able to go for a free photo shoot by a professional photographer.

“Fortunetely some of our local make-up artists offered their services and Girls’ High learners Bontle Tshite and Rethabile Kgoro fulfilled the role of master of ceremonies.”

At rehearsals, participants met their choreographers and artistic directors Neo Adams, Amanda Oor and Byrome Buang for casting.

Adams describes this experience as hectic.

“I had to scream and shout a few times during the formation and training sessions over the two weeks.

“However, on Friday night when I watched them strut their stuff on that runway, I felt nothing but pride for our efforts.

“Especially during the opening scene, which was themed All black, I felt pride.

“I must applaud our judges, Marilyn van Vuuren, Sybil Barry, Jolene van Heerden, Byrome Buang and Olebogeng Modise, for the hard work they put into determining the winners.

“I could see that it was not an easy task, as the talent was so amazing.”

The make-up artists were also applauded for their creative work. They are Thatohatsi Mogale, Vanessa Mokwa, and, in absentia, Pogisho Nelson.

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