Mukhethwa Mulaudzi (left) and Tshifhiwa Ramotombu (right). Photos supplied.
Two young ladies from the Vhembe District, Mukhethwa Mulaudzi (23) and Tshifhiwa Ramotombu (20), have made the district and the province proud after they were announced winners in the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Limpopo 2021 competition.
The two ladies will represent Limpopo in the national leg of Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2021 competition. While Mukhethwa and Tshifhiwa have been crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Limpopo 2021, they are not considered ‘queens’ but ‘princesses’.
Mukhethwa, who resides at Thohoyandou block J, started modelling at a very young age. As she grew up, she realised that modelling was about more than just beauty. “One can serve a purpose of life through modelling and grow oneself as an individual as well,” she said. “Today that I have been crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Limpopo 2021 alongside my peer, Tshifhiwa Ramotombu, and I am really happy. As Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Limpopo 2021, my voice is amplified to reach a wider audience.”
She said that the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Limpopo 2021 was the first title she had received. “I am honoured and privileged to be carrying this title,” she said. “When Miss South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida, was crowned, I felt represented and I knew right there that representation can break boundaries and inspire confidence,” she said.
Mukhethwa is characterised by authenticity and kindness. “I don’t try to be anyone else, or conform to societal standards,” she said. “Kindness is also second nature to me. I wholly believe that no man is an island; we need one another. If we can extend kindness to one another, then we’re a moving community that can’t be stopped.”
Tshifhiwa, who is originally from Thohoyandou Block M, currently studies for a BA Communication degree at the North-West University.
“Honestly, I cannot say that I fell in love with modelling, because I started modelling with the aim of challenging myself and to fight my low self-esteem,” she said. “This only goes to say that I fell in love with modelling along the way.”
Tshifhiwa, who was previously crowned Miss Thulamela Municipality 2018 and was named Miss Phalaphala FM Royal Heritage Festival 2019’s second princess, as well as Miss Teen Mamelodi 2018’s first princess, is a part-time sight assistant at Thandanani Drop-In Centre in Mamelodi, Pretoria.
“Miss Mamelodi Sundowns has always been one of those pageants that I used to admire and had a wish of entering it,” she said. “I started to draw my attention to this pageant back in 2018 when I attempted it for the first time, even though I got crowned on my fifth attempt.”
She said that her characteristics included having a strong work ethic, being a hardworking person and compassionate person with the aim of upliftin those around her. “There is still a lot that I need to do during the year of my reign, and people can simply follow me on my social media pages to watch my journey and what I am up to,” she said.
Tshifhiwa Ramotombu can be followed on Facebook (Ronewa Chifhy Ramutumbu), Instagram (@ronewa_chifhy_09) and Twitter (@ronewa_chifhy_09). Mukhethwa Mulaudzi is on Instagram (_mukhethwa) and Twitter (@mukhxthwa).
Date:03 July 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.