2016 MR AND MISS DUT PAGEANTS
*Caption: Miss DUT 2016 Lisanne Lazarus with RadioDUT presenter Mfanuphetheni
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Holding the title of Mr or Miss Durban University of Technology (DUT) is more than just about winning the prize. This position comes with a lot of responsibilities which require much of one’s time and devotion.
Back in the day, beauty pageants were mostly focused on the physical appearance of an individual, and about winning the giveaway prize.
For Mr and Miss DUT, who are also students with piles of academic responsibilities, they have to juggle between school work and being the holders of these titles while also bearing in mind that they are not just representing themselves, but rather, more than 25 thousand students.
The current Miss DUT Lisanne Lazarus said she has had a wonderful experience since being crowned 2015 Miss DUT.
“My experience was absolutely amazing. I met new people of different ethnic groups, I got an honour to learn other languages such as a bit of Zulu and Xhosa. It really showed me how DUT is more than a university, it’s a family,” said Lazarus.
Some of the benefits which are enjoyed by the winners of this pageant include the great experience and exposure to the pageant industry.
For Lazarus, winning came with much deserved and hard earned benefits.
“Well, the prizes of course worth of electronic gadgets, all-expense paid trip to Cape Town and the opportunity to participate at the Miss SA Campus event as well as the support from the university with all endeavours are some of the few of many benefits that the title comes with,” added Lazarus.
Lazarus encouraged those that will be taking part in the 2016 pageant to stay true to themselves and believe in what they are doing, adding that no one can take away what they are destined for.
The 2016 pageant is set to be the biggest of them all as the organisers have promised to make this year’s pageant entertaining and also educational at the same time. The Mr and Miss DUT pageant is one of the DUT School Representative Council (SRC) entertainment programs aimed to entertain students as it brings not just pageants but also artists and performers.
One of the organisers Sanelisiwe Madondo said that the main aim for these pageants is to bring the entertaining part of being into varsity.
“Being a student doesn’t mean that you have to be in front of the books 24/7, but you need to take part in activities like sports, pageants etc. so that you will enjoy your stay at varsity,” said Madondo.
Madondo encouraged all students to come and support this contest.
“We are going to bring the best as we always do over the years so I urge students to come and participate or to supports their fellow students for the auditions,” added Madondo.
Luthabo Kheswa who will be entering for the 2016 Mr and Miss DUT pageant said he has always wanted to be a model and his mother has been a great motivation.
“I was not confident enough before, but my mother told me that I can do whatever I want to do because the sky is the limit and now I believe in myself a lot,” said kheswa.
Kheswa also said that he wishes to bring change to the pageant industry as he is inspired by the British Model, David Gandy. Kheswa also participated in the 2016 DUT Mr and Miss Green that was held at DUT Sports centre on May this year. He was also one of the models that were at modelling at the Durban July fashion show.
Kheswa admitted that juggling academics and a modelling career requires plenty of hardwork.
“It not easy to do both school work and modelling but I believe that you do whatever you need to do to get where you need to be. Even if you have to wake up early and stay up late, I have to try my best to make it work, I have to,” concluded Kheswa.
The Mr and Miss DUT 2016 pageant auditions will be held at Cane Grower’s Hall, ML Sultan Campus on Friday and set to start from 17h00 to 20h00 and entry is free.