Bay beauty crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns

2018-03-14 06:01
Thulani Ndzotyana, the first Miss Mamelodi Sundowns to come from the Eastern Cape.     Photo:FACEBOOK

Thulani Ndzotyana, the first Miss Mamelodi Sundowns to come from the Eastern Cape. Photo:FACEBOOK

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PROUD Port Elizabethan Thulani Ndzotyana kicked her year off on a very high note when she was crowned this year’s Miss Mamelodi Sundowns.

Not only is she the first-ever person from the Eastern Cape to achieve this, she is also the youngest contestant to ever wear the crown.

The 19-year-old was raised in New Brighton by a single mother and attended Erica Girls’ Primary School and Alexander Road High School. She is currently a second-year BCom Law student at Nelson Mandela University.

Her greatest inspiration is Patrice Motsepe, the owner and president of Mamelodi Sundowns.

“He is an extraordinary public figure and a living legend I grew up admiring. I used him as an inspiration to motivate myself towards my goals for he is proof that the sky is the limit,” Ndzotyana said.

The Miss Mamelodi pageant is a nationwide competition that is open to women between the ages of 18 and 25.

“Miss Mamelodi Sundowns has become one of the most powerful and influential pageantry titles across the country. It integrates female ambassadors into a male-dominated industry, allowing them to grow communities through sport and empowerment,” Ndzotyana explained.

“Sport is a nation-building platform. It is a fun activity that grooms you and disciplines you while keeping you fit at the same time.

“Communication skills, time management and commitment are enforced during it. So, I firmly stand as proof that community activities that are nurtured allow models, sports icons, leaders and academics to be mentored.”

In her free time, Ndzotyana enjoys working out at the gym and has set a goal for herself to someday complete a personal training course.

She has dedicated herself to addressing the issues of poverty, education in Model C schools and the health standard for South Africans during her time as Miss Mamelodi Sundowns. Though she was only officially crowned on February 9, she got a small head start on achieving this.

Just before Christmas last year, she collected and distributed food parcels to more than 30 car guards and street vendors in Nelson Mandela Bay.

“As a lady who grew up in the township of New Brighton, I have seen poverty first-hand.

“I come from a single-parent home where, despite the circumstances, we always found a way to help.”

As a piece of advice to the young women who wished to enter the pageant in the future, Ndzotyana, who dreams of becoming the president of South Africa in 2044, said, “In Sundowns, you will find a family.

“Here, you grow in every aspect of your life. You begin to hold yourself to a champion’s standard when you are associated with an organisation this great.

“I, Thulani Ndzotyana, future South African president, know that Miss Mamelodi Sundowns is the right place for me to grow and be groomed as a leader. Our reign is only for a year, but the skills we take away are for a lifetime.”

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