The glad tidings of Shudufhadzo Musida winning the Miss South Africa pageant on October 24 ignited overwhelming and exuberant emotions which reverberated throughout our communities, especially within the Vhangani village where she comes from.
This was not just an act for selfies but a celebration marred with pure joy and appreciation. We cannot begin to think of the pressure that Shudufhadzo must have been in, being well-aware that her community back home was rallying behind her given the notable and massive support she had attracted especially from the moment she reached the finalist stage of the prestigious national beauty pageant.
Inspired by our trademark motto “it takes a village to raise a child”, we spontaneously rallied behind Shudufhadzo’s bid to become Miss South Africa from day one, all the way to the final and the historic day of her apex.
The Matsila Royal House and local communities wish to applaud and celebrate Shudufhadzo on her meritorious achievement. Shudufhadzo is a sterling example of our young women, proudly raised in our rural villages, culturally nurtured, empowered to break records and be counted amongst the best in South Africa and beyond.
As a young woman and a child from humble beginnings, Shudufhadzo has achieved phenomenal success to become a champion, winner, and role model for young people in our rural communities.
From the early days of this highly contested pageant, she displayed great passion to be of service to humanity, especially women and youth who are worst affected by inequality, poverty, disease and unemployment.
Shudufhadzo’s positive attitude and posture towards the plight of the poor in rural villages ignited an unprecedented spirit of community solidarity and support towards her ambition to become Miss South Africa 2020.
Henceforth, the campaign became a vibrant community initiative through which we steadfastly supported, advised and guided our daughter and princess until she became the Queen of the Crown for Miss SA 2020.
As the community, we are exceptionally proud to raise young women of Shudufhadzo’s calibre who are fearless, ambitious, hardworking, determined and destined to succeed against all odds.
We are particularly delighted at Shudufhadzo’s resolute commitment to champion the economic empowerment of young women as well her passion to improve the lives of those with mental health illnesses, especially women and the elderly from impoverished societies.
We believe that her remarkable accomplishment is both a milestone and stepping stone for Shudufhadzo as she gears herself to become the ambassador of goodwill.
We wish to encourage her to maintain and preserve her humility and down-to-earth character as these are the traits she will require in pursuit of the Miss Universe title and many endeavours throughout her life.
Our warmest congratulations and gratitude also goes to the Musida family as well as their relatives and friends, especially her loving mother – Ms Thandi Musida, who has been a pillar of strength and support to Shudufhadzo throughout the trying and testing times of this pageant.
As we say kudos to Shudufhadzo, we wish her the best of luck in her new role as Miss South Africa and great success in all her initiatives during her reign and beyond. In this regard, we wish to pledge our unwavering support to her at all material times in her life.
Mashuvho kha Shudufhadzo Muduhulu wa Ha Musida!
Chief Livhuwani Matsila of the Matsila Royal House and Founder of Radzambo Cultural Foundation