PINETOWN YOUTH CELEBRATES HERITAGE DAY IN STYLE
By: Zukiswa Ndaba
Youth from in and around Pinetown gathered at the Pinetown Civic Hall to celebrate Heritage Day.
The hall was packed to capacity with mostly young people eager to be part of Mr. and Miss Pinetown, an annual event hosted and organised by PS Productions.
“This event has been going on for four years now. It has grown massively in terms of participation, attendance and sponsorship,” said Sipho Makhubo, event organiser of PS Productions.
The theme of this event was linked with heritage. The setting was uniquely cultural. Models rocked their traditional attire and walked the ramp to the sounds of traditional music.
Makhubo said that the aim of this event was to get young people to recognise their heritage and participate with their talents and skills.
“As you have seen young people perform brilliantly. The main thing is to groom their talent and sharpen them,” he added.
Judges admitted that competition was very tough and this made it difficult for them to choose the best.
“These girls are absolutely amazing. Most of the girls are really good- they have what it takes to become big,” said Julia Hosifor, one of the judges.
Nozipho Khoza (12), from Marianhill, emerged as queen in the Junior section.
“I entered this competition because I want to prove what I’m capable of- being confident made me win and I thank God I did,” Khoza said.
Nqoba Dlamini who was crowned Mr. Pinetown last year, advised the models that good behavior and taking care of one’s self is very important in the modeling industry. And Pearl Cele, Miss Pinetown 2013, also shared some tips with the models.
“Confidence and being able to enjoy what you are doing can take you anywhere, ” said Cele.
“The event was quite a success. I think its because it was well organised and well advertised,” said Khulekani Khumalo, an audience member.
The event organiser Makhubo said that he would like to see Miss and Mr. Pinetown growing to become a provincial competition.