Ziningi gunning for the crown

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Miss Indoni 2015 (2)Ninenteen-year-old Ziningi Mthembu, a University of Zululand student, is confident of her chances of winning the Miss Indoni 2015 competition where she will be representing KwaZulu-Natal. The competition will be held at the Durban ICC on October 10 where Mthembu will compete against 11 other hopefuls for the top prize which includes R100 000 bursary and a car. “I will retain the crown for my province KwaZulu-Natal, I just have to” she said stressing that the reigning Miss Indoni hails from KZN. Mthembu said the Miss Indoni competition was not just about beauty but more about culture and that is why it appealed to her. On stage one got judged on many aspects and these included how well you can recite your own praises and how you present yourself. But what prompted her to enter the competition in the first place? “I saw the posters on campus and I decided to join. We then went on a two week camp as KZN contestants where we were taught everything from making beads to brewing traditional beer. We were also taught about many of the Zulu cultural practices,” she said. Growing up n St Faith’s near Port Shepstone, Mthembu has always had a huge interest in Zulu culture. Even on campus she is part of the Ubuhle Besizwe group, a group of maidens who will be taking part in the Reed Dance. Being crowned Miss Indoni KZN, in July has brought fame to Mthembu who has been featured in various newspapers. “My mother is super proud of me. She is busy making some of the traditional garments that I would wear at the finals at the ICC. I will not disappoint those who are supporting me,” she said. She is appealing to everyone to vote for her. To vote for Mthembu, SMS the words: “Indoni ZULU” to 48496

Sphamandla Gumede