Busisiwe Nephawe is also a pageant and runway coach of note. Picture supplied.
The 21-year-old Busisiwe Nephawe from Muraga village is beaming about her selection as semi-finalist in the Miss Township South Africa 2021 pageant.
Busisiwe is doing her BSc Honours degree at the University of Venda and decided to enter for the pageant in March this year.
“This is a most prestigious pageant. I had to do some charity work to boost my points and also did some radio interviews,” she said. “Then I underwent intensive judging interviews. On 29 May, I was at the preliminary competition in Pretoria, and that was where I was selected as a finalist in the Miss Township South Africa 2021.”
She accredited her personal growth to the Miss Township SA pageant, as she feels that it has also boosted her confidence in empowering other young women. “I always say that this is my real foundation for becoming Miss South Africa,” she said. “The pageant develops young women, who not only help each other, but also the less fortunate ones within communities.”
“My passion for modelling drives me to do more,” she said. She was selected as 1st princess for Miss Univen 2019/2020 and crowned Miss Tswinga Blondies 2021/22.
From all her previous experiences as model and with pageants, she feels confident to share some tips and techniques with others, especially those who are new in the industry. “So, I work with modelling agencies and pageant organisers as a pageant and runway coach. One day I would want to coach at the biggest pageants in SA, and even internationally,” she said.
Busisiwe is greatly inspired by former Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene. “She always says, ‘one day is for everyone’ and I always believe that my ‘one day’ will arrive, as I am earnestly working towards that goal,” she said.
Her advice to fellow young people is “Hold onto whatever you dream of. Your dreams are valid.”
To support Busisiwe in the Miss Township South Africa 2021 pageant, she can be contacted on 071 994 9852 or 067 204 0427, or follow her on Facebook (Busisiwe Nephawe) and Instagram (busi_nephawe).
Date:19 June 2021 - 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.