40th Spring Queen crowned

2015-11-17 06:00
The 40th annual Spring Queen pageant was held at Athlone stadium on Saturday. The winners were (from left): Chavanne Arendse (first princess), Chrystal Jaggers (Miss Personality), Zubeida Beyers-Maggott (Spring Queen), Cheryl Anne Witbooi (Best Dress

The 40th annual Spring Queen pageant was held at Athlone stadium on Saturday. The winners were (from left): Chavanne Arendse (first princess), Chrystal Jaggers (Miss Personality), Zubeida Beyers-Maggott (Spring Queen), Cheryl Anne Witbooi (Best Dress

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In what has become an iconic Cape Town event over the years, the annual Spring Queen pageant celebrated its 40th anniversary at Athlone Stadium on Saturday.

Pageant organiser Sactwu says the competition continues to inspire those working in often testing circumstances to show off their best work and be recognised for it, whilst also highlighting the plight of clothing and textile workers.

“The Spring Queen has grown from strength to strength over the years,” says Nazmia Leite, Sactwu spokesperson.

The event is the largest fashion show featuring workers as the models.

“Even though the event was faced with its most challenging issue, with the City of Cape Town denying us the use of our historic venue, the Good Hope Centre, we still had 64 women competing for the title and over 7500 people attending at Athlone stadium.”

The crowd was treated to a spectacle and eventually witnessed Zubeida Beyers-Maggott (28), from the Top Stitch factory in Salt River, crowned as this year’s Spring Queen.

The Bonteheuwel resident won a holiday to Mauritius to go with her R35 000 study bursary.

First princess was Chavanne Arendse from Trade Call Investments Apparel (TCIA) and second princess, was Barrie Cline Factory’s Tammy Carr.

Other winners on the night included Chrystal Jaggers (Miss Personality) and Cheryl Anne Witbooi, who was judged to be the best dressed model at the pageant.

A new “own talent” competition has been added to the event.

Now in its fifth year, it is gaining momentum. It aims to give ordinary workers the chance to show off their talents, be it through music, dance or drama.

Leite says a new part of the pageant, the Junior Spring Queen, aims to create and increase awareness among young people of the importance of buying local.


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