Miss BCM and Mr BCM crowned
A 24-year-old Walter Sisulu University engineering graduate, Abulele Zaga from Quigney, East London, was crowned the 2019 Miss Buffalo City Metro (BCM) at the Orient Theatre on Saturday night.
Zaga is also the youngest electrical engineering specialist at Mercedez-Benz SA’s graduate development programme.
She beat 10 other contestants to take the crown, while BCM intern Ayabulela Dingela, 22, from Zwelitsha, was crowned Mr BCM.
The two won “non-disclosed” prizes. Event organiser Vuyo Ngqase, of Zest N Zeal, said prizes are a secret between the company and winners.
Ngqase started the company with Vuyelwa Nqweniso and Thandi Magqeleba.
The pageant is in its second year.
“The event has grown since we began it last year with no financial backing,” Ngqase said.
“We found that a lot of people, including the metro, are starting to buy into the idea.
“We started the event with a vision to bring the youth of BCM together and expose them to different opportunities.”
Dingela said: “At first. I thought Mr and Miss BCM was just a beauty pageant, until I attended the induction and workshops that have helped me so much on building my self-esteem.
“I got to understand the mission and vision which is to crown young city ambassadors.
“Winning the pageant made me feel positive as I now know if your faith is strong and purpose is true, nothing is ever hard to do.
“I feel like a different man who walks with a different kind of spirit.”
Zaga said: “I cannot explain in words how excited I am to be crowned Miss BCM 2019.
“It is such a huge honour and privilege. When I entered the pageant I thought it was like any other where the motive is only beauty and fashion, but I discovered that it is totally different.
“Growth and empowerment are at the heart of the pageant.
“Through all the developmental and social programmes that we went through during the course of our journey — the orphanage home visit, the 5km fun run, the entrepreneurial and self-awareness camp week — I feel totally transformed, I feel empowered and ready to take on my responsibilities with grace.”