Queen of Mangaung ‘aspires to inspire’

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Organisers, participants, judges and special guests that attended the crowning of the Queen of Mangaung 2020. PHOTO: PIERCE VAN HEERDEN

The Queen of Mangaung 2020 was recently crowned at the Casabello Guest House. The competition is for ambitious, professional women who are interested to grow and obtain their full potential.

Women who partake in this competition are hands-on community activists who work with the less fortunate like the children and women who are victims of abuse in their different communities. Verona Malgas was crowned as the new Queen of Mangaung. Ntshieleng Mngomezulu was chosen as 1st Princess, Emmalisha May as 2nd Princess and Jenny Ntuka as Ambassador.

According to Malgas, although it came as a shock, she is honoured and humbled by the entire experience. “It was never about winning. It was about serving the community to the best of my ability and trying to bring change. It had to start with me so that I could be the person to inspire change,” she added. According to her, one of her first projects will be to start in her community, Heidedal, where she resides.

The competition was founded by Nella van Heerden who told Bloemfontein Courant that the city has dynamic women in all its different neighbourhoods. Coowner, Ester Prior, highlighted the positive impact this competition has on women’s lives and how they become stronger while changing the lives of others in the process. “We started this initiative with the goal to uplift women in all communities in the city. We try to inspire ladies to go out to their communities to fi nd the need and help where they can. We have a heart for the community and the one thing our previous participants always tell us, is that they have grown to be better than they were before,” said Prior. Rowana Preamdutt-Swarts, the title winner of best community leader 2018/2019, shed some light on the different projects the women undertake during an interview.

Preamdutt-Swarts, together with two other ladies, has also started a bursary scheme, helping three underprivileged students to further their studies.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za