TSWANA INDONI SCOOPS MISS CULTURE 2013
By: Dale Muntswa
Crowds burst into thunderous applause when Tshepiso Madau of the Tswana culture was crowned Miss Culture South Africa 2013 at the Durban Exhibiton Centre on Saturday evening.
The cultural pageant, organised by Indoni in conjunction with Imbiza Entertainment, saw girls from all of South Africa’s nine provinces of diverse cultures converging to compete for the Miss Culture South Africa 2013 title. Founder of the event, Dr Nomncebo Mthembu, highlighted the purpose of the event, and its likely fruits.
“We see Indoni as a movement, not only as entertainment, but as a way of education, and as a way of life. We might not see or rip the rewards of indoni today, but look in the future, this seed that we are planting of identity, this seed of belonging, we are going to rip that in the future generation,” Dr Mthembu said.
The pageant sort beauty, body, cultural choreography and brains, as a package in one individual. Each contastant from each culture was tasked to give a brief speech of a hero, in their tribe, put up an act from their culture, and answer a random question from the master of ceremony, Lebo Mashile.
Contestants displayed phenomenal acts, dances and regalia. The Zulu’s were distinct with eye catching colours, the Swatis with jovial dances, the Thembus with firmness in their voices and the Tswanas displayed outstanding cultural acts and dances.
This year’s ambassador of Miss Culture 2013 walked away with a price of R50 000, runner up for the year 2013, is Nonsikilelo Shabangu, indoni of the Swati nation.
Winner of the Miss Ubuntu (Personality), Zizipho Msimbithi of the Thembu clans, received a price of R10 000, sponsored by Mageu Number 1. Indoni of the Zulu’s Snethemba Gazu, won the category of Face of Indoni voted for by the people, won R10 000 and a modelling contract.