Bianca Katjorro (17) from Platfontein was announced as 2017’s Khoi-San finalist for the Indoni Miss Cultural South Africa. Bianca is a Gr. 11 learner at the Kunkwesa Combined School, the only school in her community.She and her chaperone, Stefanus Dala, were announced along other finalists representing their respective cultures at a jubilant ceremony in Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 19 August. “I entered the Indoni competition because of the love for my culture, and I also want to share it with other people as we are the forgotten people of South Africa. “I love learning how to make my traditional outfits and making fire without matches,” said Bianca.Indoni South Africa was officially launched in June 2011, and formula-ted as a direct response to various social ills faced by young people on a day-to-day basis.The social ills included lack of respect, lack of bankable skills to allow entrance to sustainable jobs, HIV/Aids prevalence and the impact thereof on their lives, drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment and teen pregnancy.The event formed part of the Indoni Women’s Summit where inter-generational discussions were held on issues such as culture, its values, moral regeneration and on growing young women leaders.The princesses were chosen by a panel of judges within their region to represent their cultures, based on a variety of criteria that include Indoni Culture School exam results, their understanding of their cultures, living their cultural values, cultural perfor-mances and their confidence and ability to be an effective ambassador for their culture in the forthcoming year.The young girls will attend the Indoni Carnival in Durban in October.They will then proceed to the finals at Durban’s ICC in the evening, where the finalists will answer questions and perform before judges and an audience, after which the 2017 queen and her princesses will be crowned.The CEO of Indoni South Africa, Sibongile Nzimande, said Indoni Miss Cultural South Africa was not a true beauty pageant, but more than that.“It is founded on the premise of moral regeneration, which is despe-rately needed in this country. “With the upsurge in crime and abuse against women, through our Indoni programmes and festivals, we hope to achieve a return to true African cultural values where the spirit of ubuntu and respect and caring for all people is prevalent,” Nzimande said.She added that the Indoni programmes were targeted at boys as much as at girls. “Our young men need to understand their ubuntu heritage, how to respect and treat their elders, women and their peers, and to take pride in rejecting a life of crime and substance abuse.”Nzimande congratulated the new princesses on becoming finalists and encouraged them to make the most of their opportunities to uphold and advocate for high moral standards within their communities.She further urged them to share their love and understanding of their cultural heritage with pride among their peers. “We wish every entrant good luck for the crowning ceremony in October. Indoni is proud of you all.”Indoni is a celebration of culture and heritage, bringing together various cultures from across the country while showcasing their diversity and richness through various activities and functions. The rich tapestry of the different cultures and heritage is used as a tool for promoting tourism and economic activity through the hosting of various events and functions during the year, leading up to the Indoni Festival in Durban during Heritage Month and the carnival in October. Other princesses and their chaperones that were announced are: Ndebele: Audrey Sikhosana and Benny Mahlangu; Swati: Snethemba Maphanga and Nkosinathi Mareleko; Tswana: Neziwe Mgolombana and Onkgopotse Monamo; Tsonga: Vuyelo Nghonyama and Vusey Simango; Pedi: Mologadi Bopape and Masilo Mothlopi; Venda: Ndulamiso Tshamulovha and Rofhiwa Nekhwevha; Sotho: Nolu-thando Motaung and Ntja Motloung; and Zulu: Pretty Nzimande and Ayanda Mbele.