Miss Zambia Cape Town to be held in Claremont

JOHN HARVEY

The first-ever Miss Zambia Cape Town pageant aims to celebrate the vibrant African nation of Zambia while also recognising the contributions of Zambians living in the Mother City.

Taking place at the Claremont civic hall on Friday May 6 and supported by Cape Town Tourism, the event will see seven beauties from Cape Town’s Zambian community taking to the stage to vie for the coveted title. Guests will be able to enjoy traditional Zambian dishes and performances by dance and music groups.

“There are about 1 000 Zambians living permanently in Cape Town, and we felt it was time that we showcased our culture to the city,” said event organiser Sylvia Sula.

“We also feel that an event such as this has the potential to bring about unity between local South Africans and foreigners. We Zambians are a very respectful and humble people living by Christian values, and we want to show people what we are about.”

Ms Sula has also invited dignitaries from Cape Town’s other foreign communities to attend the pageant and sideline activities.

“What is interesting is that Zambians and Malawians basically have the same culture. We felt it would be nice to bring them into our celebration as well, as we have so much in common.

“Our community has been very receptive to the event. ‘Pamodzi’ is a word we use for togetherness, and there has been a lot of togetherness about this project. The traditional Zambian food available on the night will be lovingly prepared by the women of our community. There will be nshima (pap), veggies, and a selection of meats, our staple foods. And of course our famous mopani worms will be there as well.”

Cape Town Tourism spokeswoman Nicole Biondi said Cape Town was often called the Gateway to Africa, and its multi-cultural society reflected the diversity of the continent.

“The Miss Zambia 2016 event is one that will build on this positive image and contribute value to our local communities. We’d encourage all communities to provide experiences and events that promote our local and regional culture in ways that appeal to Capetonians and visitors alike,” she said.

Pageant contestant Adele Mtonga said it was a privilege to be involved in an event that would bring Africans together.

“During apartheid, Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki were exiled in African countries, and now we are here in South Africa. This event is important for helping us to remember that we are all Africans,” she said.

Tickets for the event are R150 and R200 for VIP entry, with limited drinks and snacks provided. For further information, contact Sylvia Sula on 083 408 7782.