From left to right are: Khazwinake Ndou, Munyai Gudani Tshisikhawe, Monyemoratho Ignicious Maijwe, Mercy Raphalalani Nemavhola, Sphiwe Linda Sihlangu, Debbie Shirindzi and Makhuvele Daisy Makhanani. Photo supplied.

“We want to promote unity among Univen students”


The Stopthespot Youth Organization (SYO) successfully hosted the annual Mr and Miss Univen Heritage beauty pageant at the university sports hall last Friday.

SYO founder Ms Mercy Raphalalani Nemavhola said that the pageant offered the male and female students the opportunity to be ambassadors of their heritage and advocates of their identity. "The pageant seeks to educate and emphasize the importance of heritage among the youth. We want to celebrate South Africa’s cultural heritage, promote unity among Univen students, understand each other’s culture, and to preserve the South African culture," Nemavhola said.

The event was hosted under the theme: Different languages, one nation.

"As SYO, we realized that as youth, we have wrong views about our cultures and saw hosting this pageant as the best way to educate ourselves about our heritage," Nemavhola said.

Sphiwe Linda Sihlangu was crowned queen, Monyemoratho Ignicious Maijwe as king, Munyai Gudani Tshisikhawe as the first prince, Debbie Shirindzi as the first princess and Makhuvele Daisy Makhanani as Miss Public choice. They received several prizes, including traditional attire, drums and wooden watches.




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Date:15 September 2019 - By: Mbulaheni Ridovhona

Mbulaheni Ridovhona

The 22-year-old Mbulaheni (Gary) Ridovhona has been passionate about journalism to the extent that he would buy himself a copy of weekly Univen students' newsletter, Our Voice. After reading, he would write stories about his rural village, Mamvuka, and submit them to the very newsletter for publication. His deep-rooted love for words and writing saw him register for a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at the University of Venda, and joined the Limpopo Mirror team in February 2016 as a journalism intern.



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