A medical student and a biochemistry and physiology student will be representing the Free State province at the next national Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2017/2016 Pageant. The two beauties with brains were selected on Friday 13 October 2017 at the Bon Hotel in Bloemfontein.
The pageant is in its sixth year, and even though it’s a fairly new pageant, it has become popular over the years. The national pageant will be place in Johannesburg, next year in January. The overall winner will walk away with R200 000 and a brand-new car.
Main judge, Kerusha Govender, said, “We have one of the largest prize packages in the country, over two million in prizes. The reason we do it is because of it’s a project for women empowerment. Mamelodi Sundowns is the best football club as African champions and the reason we choose a female ambassador for a male dominated industry is to empower women.”
Govender added that the two selected finalists, who each receive R60 000, embody everything that they are looking for in a Miss Mamelodi Sundowns.
The first finalist is a fourth year medical student at the University of the Free State, Thato Thelma-Mosehle, who originally hails from Stilfontein in the North West. When her name was announced, she could not hold back the tears. “I am overjoyed, I can’t believe this. I thought I had a good chance. You know, when you have a dream and finally reach it, or when you are just one step closer, it is a moment of sheer joy.” She added that she already has a plan for her prize money, and will be using it wisely.
Second-year B.Sc biochemistry and physiology student, Neo Tsikoe, who grew up in Bloemanda and now lives in Pentagon Park in Bloemfontein, said that this was her first real pageant and it hasn’t sunken in yet that she had been selected as a finalist. “I’ve won, I’ve done something big for myself. It hasn’t sunken in yet, I’m so overwhelmed. I would encourage other girls to just go out and do it. You don’t have to look like a previous pageant winner and you don’t have to speak like one, you are good enough. You have a champion inside you.”
Kerusha Govender said they were also impressed by the fact that both girls would empower the community through their own empowerment. Tsikoe and Thelma-Mosehle said they were excited about nationals, they still have a lot of work to do, but are excited and ready to take on the challenge.