Au revoir to our lovely ambassadors

Gillian McAinsh

IN a move that marks the end of an era, The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth competition is drawing to a close. As reported in The Herald on Monday, The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth 2011 Nandipha Mnuna will be the last official “beautiful ambassador” for Nelson Mandela Bay.

The Herald editor Heather Robertson announced the end of the promotion, which replaced the Evening Post’s Spring Queen pageant 21 years ago, at a cocktail function held at Villa Tuscana in Summerstrand last weekend.

“We have come to the decision that Miss PE has run its course and The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth 2011, lovely Nandipha Mnuna, will be the final winner to bear this title,” she said.

However, Robertson said, the competition, event and ambassadorial role might still develop in new directions “inclusive of both young men and women”.

“I would like to celebrate and thank all the young women who have been such exceptional ambassadors for our brand and this city,” said Robertson. “My colleagues remember with fondness the amazing journey they have travelled and, Nandipha, you made us proud as the 21st Miss PE.”

The function, attended by several past title holders of the competition, including Mnuna, also called together sponsors and organisers of the annual event.

The glossy gang shared memories about their trips to exotic holiday destinations as diverse as Greece, Bali, Egypt, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Austria, Thailand and Dubai, and reminisced about the dozens of charities they had been involved with, and how NGOs helping children were a special favourite.

Many former winners are now married with their own children and living not only in Port Elizabeth but also in Cape Town, Johannesburg and abroad.

Miss Port Elizabeth also added a touch of glamour at generous sponsors’ functions and corporate events. Their career choices have been as diverse as their personalities, including engineering, computer science, teaching, modelling, marketing, law and acrobatic yoga to name a few.

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