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THE search for Miss Soweto has begun in earnest, with the elimination round having reduced hopefuls to 20 beauties.
The elimination was held at Maponya Mall last Saturday, where 60 contestants were interviewed privately. The final will be held at the same mall on August 1.
The Miss Soweto pageant has produced some remarkable women, who have gone on to be very successful businesswomen. One of them is Basetsana Khumalo, who was crowned at the age of 16. She later clinched the Miss South Africa crown at the advent of democracy in 1994. In 1995 she came second in the Miss World contest.
Organisers said the pageant was growing bigger every year.
"The Miss Soweto beauty pageant, considered to be one of the most anticipated events of the year in Gauteng, has come a long way since its inception in 1979. The first pageant was staged at the height of the anti-apartheid unrest.
"Now it has evolved into a loud, lively and fiercely contested event that promotes pride among Soweto residents," said Mokhele Makhothi, Manager of White Star Super Maize Meal who is the sponsors for the second year.
Organiser Angeline Lloyd said the chosen 20 were currently hard at work preparing for the big day.
"They are doing deportment and grooming. They are busy doing a lot of campaigning at the moment. The winner will automatically qualify for Miss South Africa," Lloyd said.
She said: "The Miss Soweto winner will be an ambassador for Soweto.
"She will also be involved in campaigns with the sponsors and in promotions and charities in Soweto," Lloyd added.
Some of the programmes the Miss Soweto finalists will be involved in before the main pageant are exhibiting their dancing and singing skills to Lukholweni Higher Primary School pupils in Orlando East and getting their hands and clothes dirty while cleaning up Mshengu village in White City Jabavu.