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Thursday, 07 November 2019

CPUT’s models aspire to conquer nation

Two CPUT students, who have been crowned Miss and Mr City of Cape Town respectively, are eyeing national titles.

Third-year students, Asavela Tshaka (Food Science and Technology) and Apiwe Zokufa (Mathematical Sciences) clinched the Miss and Mr City of Cape Town titles respectively, during a pageant held at the Civic Centre recently.

“It’s a great feeling, the crown made me realise that I’m a role model and a leader,” said Asavela. “I had to understand new ways of doing things as the title came with responsibilities such as mandatory public speaking.”

She expressed her desire to contest for the Miss South Africa title next year and is confident of making the Top 16.

She added that her friends have a hard time to come to terms with her new responsibilities as she can no longer hang out with them due to her busy schedule.

Asavela concluded that during her current reign as the City’s beauty queen she is going to schools to hand over donations and motivates learners.

On the other hand, the newly-crowned Mr City of Cape Town boasts almost 11 years of modelling experience. He was crowned Mr Summer in 2016, and in 2018 he became Mr Cape Town Hunk and Mr Northern Suburbs.

Said Apiwe: “I’m very happy as this crown gives me an opportunity to interact with people during games and other social events.”

He added that the Mr South Africa pageant is in his to do list as he wants to challenge for bigger honours next year.

In the mid-term the self-taught model, who learnt modelling from acquaintances, wants to open a modelling school in order to groom future models.

“I work hand-in-hand with Miss City of Cape Town in social events and projects, and some organisations invite us to be motivational speakers at their events,” said Apiwe.

If the duo’s dream of conquering the nation gets fulfilled, it would not be the first time for CPUT to achieve that feat. The current Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, is a CPUT student, while her male counterpart, Heinrich Gabler is an alumnus.

Written by Kwanele Butana


Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.