“Everything has been so amazing. It has been quite a transition from just being a normal girl to all of a sudden being Miss South Africa,” said Nando Kunene.
“I am having a good time. I am learning so much about myself.”
“A highlight so far during my reign was being part of the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day. Meeting all of those little kids that sang for me was incredible. When my energy levels feel low I look at the pictures they drew of me and I am engerised again.”
In the next few months Miss SA is looking forward to giving back. “Being Miss South Africa is not just about my dream but being able to make other peoples dreams a reality and help them to reach their full potential.”
Kunene said that she is in constant contact with all the finalists. “We still have the same WhatsApp group that we had when we were Top 12. The girls are always checking up on me asking if I am adjusting well.”
“My relationship with them is amazing. It is wonderful to know that I have the eleven ladies that are always there to support me.”
Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene departs for Austria on Friday on her first ever overseas trip as part of the prize she received after being crowned Miss South Africa 2016 last month.
Talking about the trip, whilst practising on the slopes of Avalanche in Fourways, Johannesburg, she said: “I never imagined my first overseas travels would be to go skiing.”
“It is exciting and challenging at the same time. I am going to make it the best experience of my life.”
She will be travelling with her sister Abigail (Zamanyabose) Mthethwa, to Neustift in the Austrian state of Tyrol on a luxury skiing holiday.
The trip was part of the more than R2-million rand prize package that she received when she took the title and is sponsored by tour operator Dreams.
“It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling – both excited and nervous at the same time! Good news is that I have already had some private skiing lessons and cannot wait to hit the slopes.”
Says Erica Barrett, chief executive of Dreams: “As a long-time partner of the pageant we understand that this is a once in a lifetime moment for every winner and we are honoured to help make their special moment even more unique and that’s what we do at Dreams, we create memories. Neustift is one of our most elegant ski experiences and we know that it will be one that Ntando and her sister will never forget.”
In addition Dreams has partnered with ski school Avalanche and equipment and apparel supplier Gone Skiing will provide Ntando and her sister with everything they need to enjoy one of the world’s most iconic skiing regions.
Miss South Africa has had ski lessons at Avalanche in Fourways where participants can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, bumboarding and tubing on a 65 metre ski slope. Gone Skiing has provided gift vouchers for use at their store in Fourways.
Miss South Africa is presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C.