Miss South Africa Ziphozakhe Zokufa will carry the hopes and best wishes of her home city, Port Elizabeth, with her when she vies for the Miss Universe title next week.
The multitalented beauty has been very active in the community and it is no surprise that she has been inundated with messages from well-wishers from around the Friendly City.
Zokufa’s parents, Luyanda and Feziwe, have been very supportive and although they are not sure if they will be able to afford the trip to Miami to attend the pageant, she has their love and backing.
“She has done well and we are extremely proud,” her mother, who herself modelled as a young woman, said.
Although they are proud of their daughter’s achievements, her principal father and teacher mother have always put education first and instilled this belief in her.
Zokufa attended Collegiate Girls’ High School from Grade 8 to 11. She has always been one to take on all challenges thrown at her, Louise Erasmus, who does PR and marketing for Collegiate, says.
“As a pupil, Ziphozakhe made the most of her opportunities, displaying great talent culturally and on the sportsfield,” Erasmus said.
“As an athlete and a synchronised swimmer, Ziphozakhe demonstrated elegance on the track and in the water.
“On the stage she excelled. Ziphozakhe’s performances in the school’s annual interhouse One Act Play Festival in 2007 and 2008 were memorable and, in 2008, she received a nomination in the best supporting actress category at the national All Girls’ Festival,” Erasmus said.
– Eleanor Douglas-Meyers
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