Beauties honour their moms
It was an emotional scene when 20 beautiful girls, finalists in the inaugural Miss Face of Soweto, recited touching poetry and opened their hearts to their mothers on Sunday.
The occasion was a Mother's Day party the girls organised for their mothers at Varados in Mapetla, Soweto.
The girls, who stayed at this stylish guesthouse from Friday to Saturday to attend a life skills workshop as part of the requirements for finalists, explained the ideals of the pageant.
No, the girls said, it was incorrect to refer to Miss Face of Soweto as an ordinary pageant.
It is not, they told their parents after taking them to their rooms, which were so clean one might have thought you were in some five-star hotel in the suburbs.
The girls were also given motivational talks by leading poet, writer and humanist Don Mattera.
Aids activist and Sowetan columnist Lucky Mazibuko also motivated the girls.
Mattera gave them wise counsel on how to treat their mothers.
Drawing on his colourful life as a former gangster and Apla cadre, who turned his life around to become a humanist and mentor to many journalists, Mattera asked for forgiveness from those he had wronged in his life. The 20 beauties applauded him.
Aiming his speech at the women he wronged in his life, he, in his characteristically poetic style, counselled: "You fed me when I was hungry. You clothed me when I was naked. You comforted me when I was sick. I also come from broken homes where our fathers beat up our mothers.
"Now is the time to honour the uncelebrated mothers."
The beauties treated their mothers to goodies from sponsors Revlon, McDonald's (Maponya Mall) and Sakumuzi, the Soweto restaurant.
After the speeches, parents were given a sumptuous braai and presented with gifts by the girls.
The main purpose of this new pageant, says organiser Dennis Madondo, is to fight teenage pregnancy at schools and make schoolchildren aware of the prevalence of HIV-Aids.
The finals of the Miss Face of Soweto will take place on June 7 and the winning girl will get R50000 in cash and an Audi car.