The Miss and Mr Kayamandi pageant aims to provide participants with the skills to become better role models in their community.
According to Nomvuyiseko Mtiya, they do not necessarily focus on modelling. “We would like to build them from the outside in,” said Mtiya after the event, which took place as part of the Woordfees.
“We would like to have mentors who will journey with the winners to help build good role models, and expose them to more opportunities,” she said. The organisers are also looking for more sponsorships for the winners, especially bursaries.
Siyanda Dyomfana (18) and Yamkela Mashoba (17) were crowned as Mr and Miss Kayamandi respectively.
Both winners said they will use the opportunity to the best of their abilities. Dyomfana said it was his first time entering the event. “I am happy I won. There was a lot of competition and I did not expect to win,” Siyanda said.
During the pageant Chwayita Magwa aka Lady_C, a young artist from Kayamandi, entertained the audience with her soulful voice while Moshe Ndiki, a social commentator, energised the crowd.
Ndiki also spoke on how important it is to groom the future generation of Kayamandi.
“Money is not everything, all you need to be successful is yourself and prayer,” he said.
The judging panel consisted of first-time judges Sandie Xheke, Sandile Phillip and Noku Katom. All three judges are involved in community projects and Katom is heavily involved in the Kayamandi community.
Katom said that being a judge was challenging because all the contestants were deserving. “I cannot believe the amount of confident that these kids possess. It’s incredible. There is a lot of talent in Kayamandi.”
The event is held in partnership with Lokxion Managament, an NGO company that focuses on sport and performing arts. Paul Roviss Khambule, managing director of Lokxion management, helps by looking for leadership programmes for the participants.
“The whole aim is to help promote a “positive image” to Kayamandi youth and create role models amongst the youth so getting people to help them is essential,” he said.