INDONI ANNOUNCES 2014 CULTURAL PEAGEANT FINALISTS
By: Dale Munatswa
This was the state of the atmosphere at Birchwood Hotel as Indoni unveiled its 24 finalists for the 2014 cultural pageant.
According to the founder of Indoni Dr Nomcebo Mthembu, 12 boys and 12 girls were selected by their respective cultures to represent a king and a queen of each culture in South Africa.
Mthembu described the Indoni cultural pageant as a medium to teach young people about their cultural backgrounds in an entertaining and captivating manner. She emphasised that the social I’lls such as the increase of teenage pregnancy in South Africa can be confronted and eradicated through establishing a sense of belonging and hence confidence in young people.
Mthembu said, “Pregnancy surge is being caused by the lack of identity, our young people are lacking identity. We are planting a seed of belonging that we wil rip in the future.”
The Department of Arts and Culture expressed interest in the Indoni cultural pageant and promised to support it financial.
Nomxolisi Gama, who was representing the department said, “We are supporting the program. Indoni is In line with the our plan of social cohesion and nation building.”
The boys and girls will battle it out for the title Mr and miss Culture South Africa 2014 respectively.
Contestants are as follows, boys and girls respectively; Thato Apies and Depou Mpete (Tswana), Zakhele Mchunu and Nomkhosi Nzuza (Zulu), Sinovuyo Sondlo and Ngcwelekazi Shenxane (Thembu), Lebogang Debakoane and Nolungelo Shongwe (Swati), Ramafalo Thabo and Ramatsimele Mhpahlele (Pedi) Lunga Simphiwe Masilela and Thobile Chili (Ndebele), Saddam Hlonishwayo and Afikile Nongco (Mpondo), Sondric Mbangu and Rosanna Moyo (Khoisan), Mabefo Nonyana and Maqaba Nosala (Sotho), Tiyiselani Mathebula and Kanetani Mathebula (Tsonga), Fuzile Mbewane and Zethu Matiwane (Xhosa) and Tshimangazo Mamamli and Madhava Nkhetheni (Venda).
The Cultural pageant will take place on the 11th of October at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.