One of our own students chosen as Miss Heritage!
Ntokozo (21) was born and bred in KwaDulela, a rural area in Howick, Pietermaritzburg, KZN. She currently holds a BSc in Human Anatomy and Physiology obtained from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is currently doing an honors degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at UCT.
What is Miss Heritage Western Cape about?
The Miss Heritage Western Cape Pageant is a modelling contest focused on the promotion and preservation of tangible and intangible heritage of Western Cape communities, people, tourism and culture. The pageant aspires to become one of the largest events to showcase the best of the best in Western Cape beauty, people and culture.
Young women from the ages of 17 to 27 from different backgrounds socially are selected as contestants. Their journey to the Miss Heritage national and international pageants starts here. The models commit to becoming influential ambassadors for positive change in their community.
Why did you enter Miss Heritage?
There are a number of reasons to why I joined this pageant. Firstly, I wanted to learn more about my heritage, the heritage and beauty of Western Cape and of South Africa as a whole. I entered the peagant to build self-confidence, having grown up as a shy person, I wanted to challenge myself in doing this. This was my very first pageant and through the Miss Heritage journey and I’ve learned a lot about leadership, giving back to the community and communication skills.
I’ve always loved serving and reaching out to disadvantaged, and as an ambassador of Miss Heritage Western Cape, I am able to touch more people’s lives.
What have you done as Miss Heritage Western Cape Ambassador 2016?
Crowned: 27 August 2016
Visit to Turfhall Cheshire Home
Ntokozo visited the home at Hanover Park with her friend who was celebrating her birthday. Ntokozo was able to share her Miss Heritage experience and her views on heritage with the residents. The residents even recommended heritage sites that Ntokozo should visit while still in Cape Town. She also helped with lunch preparation and feeding those who can’t do it themselves.
The Turfhall Cheshire Home provides 24 hour residential care to 60 severely physically disabled adults from previously disadvantaged communities.
Heritage Day celebrations
Ntokozo was invited to speak at a Fashion show that was hosted by Iziko Museum in Groot Constantia. Her speech was about encouraging young people of South Africa to invest in learning about the history and heritage of our country, and becoming proud South African Ambassadors.
Ntokozo later had a tour at the Iziko Museum and the Slave Lodge.
Prestwich Memorial visit
Ntokozo visited the Prestwich memorial in Greenpoint with the Department of Environmental & Heritage Management; Department of Tourism; and South African National Parks.
Prestwich Memorial provides an ossuary for the human remains of the City's 17th and 18th century underclasses (indigenous people, the poor, slaves and victims of shipwrecks) that were uncovered during the course of developments in the Green Point area.
Reflection after the visit: We need to learn about our history then work together in making sure that it doesn't repeat itself. -It is not black or coloured history but South African History!
Lawrence House visit
Ntokozo was approached by a medical student who asked her to assist them in their project. The 6 medical students who were receiving meal vouchers like other catering students during the #UCShutdown, used these meal vouchers also to buy non-perishable food items. Ntokozo then donated some food items and helped them find a home they can donate to and organize hand over and games day.
The home that was chosen was Lawrence House which takes care of unaccompanied refugee children and children who’ve experienced trauma.
I am looking forward to working with the Ikamva Labantu in their Fuel to Grow campaign and volunteering at the Child & Youth Centres.
The Fuel to Grow campaign aims to raise R1.5 million by the end of the year. The aim is to provide holistic support to vulnerable schoolchildren in Cape Town townships i.e. nutritious meal, access to health screenings, aftercare, uniforms and stationery for the school year.
School’s Heritage Clubs
I want to start or getting involved in the existing heritage club in at least one school in 2017. This members of the clubs will be the learners of the school and teachers. I will work with them to promote and preserve heritage in their school through fun engaging activities.
I want to encourage young people of South Africa to know about their history and heritage and become proud South African Ambassadors.