Pageant brings hope

2016-01-27 06:00
TLOTLANO THOBANG, Mr Agang Tshepo, and Antjie Molusi, Miss Agang Tshepo.  Photo: Supplied

TLOTLANO THOBANG, Mr Agang Tshepo, and Antjie Molusi, Miss Agang Tshepo. Photo: Supplied

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ON New Year’s Day the Mr and Miss Agang Tshepo Pageant was held at the Thuba Kobo Segolo Guesthouse in Kuruman.

Matriculants from various schools in the Kuruman area competed for this prestigious title.

Antjie Molusi (18), a gr. 12 learner of the Kalahari High School, and Tlotlano Thobang (18) of the Baiteredi Technical Commercial High School were crowned as Mr and Miss Agang Tshepo 2016.

The pageant aims to be an annual event for matriculants in the district where they can win prizes that will help them realise their educational goals beyond high school.

The name Agang Tshepo is Setswana for “building trust” and perfectly encapsulates the pageant’s primary purpose.

Agang Tshepo aims to instil in youth the belief that they can realise their dreams. Negative socio-economic pressures have in all likelihood eroded their trust in their potential.

“I am looking forward to my reign as Miss Agang Tshepo, more particularly the charity work that I will be doing. I have also gained a lot of confidence and wish to enter more provincial and national modelling competitions that will help me to instil a belief in the younger generation of Kuruman that opportunities are for every-one,” said Antjie.

Tlotlang Thobang wants to become a positive role model by encouraging and impassioning the Kuruman youth to work together, utilising their various gifts and talents to make positive changes within their communities and elevate themselves.

Agang Tshepo is the brainchild of Tsepo Kgatlane, a local teacher and social activist.

The concept came about in his interac- tions with young students during which he became aware of the challenges faced by young people in the area and the opportunities that are available.

These interactions moreover revealed talents, knowledge and potential, which are often untapped, undiscovered and invisible to most.

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