Meet Mrs SA - Fikile's drive gave her edge
BUSINESSWOMAN and software engineer Fikile Mekgoe made history when she became the first black woman to be crowned Mrs South Africa.
Mekgoe, 28, who lives in Randburg, was crowned in Boksburg, Gauteng at the weekend. Gugu Chama, 30, from Johannesburg, was her first princess while Driekie van Wyk from Pretoria was named second princess.
The pageant started in 2000 and it honours women who are married and successful in their careers or businesses. Mekgoe, who was still on cloud nine, said: "'I am very happy, it's a dream come true. This gives me an advantage and opportunity."
As the winner, she walked away with prizes worth R400000, they include sponsored trips, a brand-new car and holidays. On top of that, she will represent South Africa at the Mrs World pageant next year in December.
Mekgoe said what set her apart from other contestants was her passion and drive.
"The judges needed the whole package. Although I have to admit that I was up against the best. I think the projects that I did gave me an edge," said the mature beauty from Elukwatini in Mpumalanga.
"For the past five months I have been involved in a girl mentorship programme. I have mentored about 302 girls. They saw that my heart is in the right place, I am all about serving the community."
Mekgoe said she was excited that her dream finally came true. She had tried many times to enter the Miss SA Pageant, without success. "When I got married I decided to try my luck with Mrs SA. I would not have done it without my husband's support."
Mekgoe studied engineering computer systems at Vaal University of Technology.