Pictured are (from left to right) Vho Merriam Ramagoma (1st princess), Vho Rosina Rashaka (Miss Pride Thohoyandou 2017) and Vho Selina Ratshikhopha (2nd princess).
“Whoever said old ladies are ugly, is wrong!”
These wise words are from Vho-Rosina Rashaka, winner of the Miss Pride Thohoyandou 2017 title. This event, aimed at highlighting elderly residents’ important role in society, was held at Marude High School in Thohoyandou on Saturday.
The beauty contest was hosted by a non-profit-organisation, the Youth Today Love Community Project.
Vho Rashaka was crowned Miss Pride Thohoyandou 2017, Vho Merriam Ramagoma was the first princess and Vho Selina Ratshikhopha the second princess.
Rashaka said that she had not known that a beauty contest for the elderly existed in the district. “My older sister told me about the contest and encouraged me to enter,” she said. “Now I won! I am really excited and happy about this great achievement.”
One of the objectives of the competition was also to introduce young residents to the elderly, so that the elderly could transfer artistic skills to the youth. “Youths can learn many cultural aspects and indigenous knowledge systems from their elders and it’s the reason why we have our elderly working with youths,” said the founder of the organisation, Ms Takalani Nemarude.
The organisation paired five youths with one elderly person who would mentor them on arts such as fashion design, bead making, pottery, music or poetry recitation. “The queen, her two princesses and all other finalists will perpetuate the work on moral regeneration advocacy through teaching morals and arts to the youth,” Nemarude said.
Date:08 October 2017 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.