Miss Downs pageant brings women to football


The Miss Mamelodi Sundowns pageant has a CSI project that’s flagged as an annual event that seeks to empower women nationally.

The pageant has been running for the past 9 years and continues to empower women through a football club.

Not only is the Club empowering its male youths, females are included in the future plans when it comes to empowering our future leaders.

“As Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Team, we are proud to report some of the successful stories that have become household names, emanate from Miss Mamelodi Sundowns’ winners that went on to participate on bigger stages and platforms such as Miss SA and Miss Universe. Just to name a few we have Liesl Laurie, Refilwe Mthimunye, Ntadoyenkosi Kunene, Ade Van Heerden, and Zozibini Ntunzi that have been crowned Provincially and Nationally,” alluded Angela Kubheka, the project Manager.

“On March 8, 2020 we had a new Miss Mamelodi Sundowns crowned and comes all the way from Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal. Her name is Kadija Makhanya.

She is a student at Tshwane University of Technology, studying towards a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering.
The recently crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns had this to say when asked about her future ambitions, “My aspirations include to become part of the 2% of leading women who drive high value infrastructure development projects in this country, of which address some of the socioeconomic issues”.

On the day of her crowning, Miss Stephanie Weil, Miss SA boss made an announcement that the winner on the night would automatically be placed in the 35th spot on the Miss SA competition.

It signifies progress in the right direction for the Mamelodi Sundowns pageant.

One may ask, however, what’s the relationship between football and pageantry.

“Since we live in an era of transition and incorporation of more women to be fully active in the soccer fraternity, the vision that the Club has in regards to increase the numbers of young women to be drawn to the sport. The 2 sectors are worlds apart but yet have a common vision to empower, create opportunities and provide platforms to both remove stereo types that add a negative connotation to soccer and pageantry,” Kubheka explained.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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