AS the end to The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth competition draws near, so too does a year of duty and delights for The Herald Spec-Savers Miss Port Elizabeth 2011, Nandipha Mnuna.
After winning the title from 11 other beauties at a glittering event held at the Opera House last year, 21-year-old Mnuna went on to represent the city at a myriad of charity and corporate events. She said that the highlight of her reign was spending time with a child from the Reach for a Dream foundation.
“Wow, I have a handful of memorable moments but the one that glitters the most is the shopping spree which I had with one of the kids from Reach for a Dream foundation, Khanyisa. That kid made my year reign as Miss PE feel worthwhile, the fun time we had and the conversations we engaged in taught me so much about life,” said Mnuna this week.
After previously describing herself as camera shy, Mnuna said the title gave her a new sense of confidence in who she was.
“I now see myself as a woman who has no boundaries but is able to take about any challenge, being Miss PE has definitely strengthened my confidence. It has set me on another level of not thinking about myself but also about others.
“Of course confidence is written all over me now. It has been challenging, though, getting used to all the paparazzi!”
Mnuna said hearing that she would be the last The Herald Spec-Savers Miss PE had left her in tears.
“I actually cried when I heard the news. I always have imagined myself interviewing and judging Miss PE 2013, I also looked forward to crowning the next Miss PE. However, as time went by I converted the sad face into a smile and thought of it as a blessing to be the last Miss PE and I’m pretty sure many people will always remember the last Miss PE.”