In a dazzling spectacle at Bracken Park Community Hall, Dashika Madurai was crowned Miss Alberton 2023, while Devline van Rooyen claimed the title of Mr. Alberton 2023. The event showcased finalists from various categories who left the audience in awe of their skills and capabilities.
Beyond the glitz and glamour, the Mr. and Miss Alberton program is more than just a pageant; it’s a platform for empowerment. The focus of the program goes beyond the superficial, aiming to inspire young minds to reach for the stars and make a positive impact on their community. Contestants were required to participate in empowerment-focused activities, such as community service and entrepreneurship.
One of the judges and the pageant mentor, Brendan Nel, emphasised the importance of self-assuredness and strength in a candidate, highlighting how confidence can be a powerful asset.
Mr. and Miss Alberton is the brainchild of Ayanda and Karabo Maepane, who founded the youth organisation to empower young individuals, helping them become the best versions of themselves and fostering self-confidence and leadership skills. The organisation offers a platform for boys and girls aged 7 to 27 to overcome their insecurities and develop into confident, capable leaders.
Selecting the finalists in May, the contestants had to overcome various challenges to vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Alberton 2023. Miss Alberton 2023 received a scholarship worth R20,000 from Linah Technikon College, allowing them to pursue their chosen career at the institution.
Sipho Sepeng, the college founder, emphasised the value of education as a tool for personal growth and change in the world, underscoring the importance of empowering young people to participate in more NGO and community projects in Ekurhuleni.
The Mr. and Miss Alberton organisation expressed its gratitude to sponsors and supporters who made the event possible, including Enchanted Collections, Hairbunny, Dr Ngema and Dabula Orthodontics, Simplicity Models, EXP Realty, Mongo made in Joburg, and members of the public who contributed prizes for the winners.
The evening’s entertainment featured acts by Dance it Out, Touchline, and Studio 55, keeping the audience captivated throughout the show.
Other prize winners included Pauline Jacobs as the first princess, Anelisa Mdlinti as the second princess, Anele Memela as the first prince, and joint second princes Vuyo Masha and Kutlwano Motaung. The title of Miss Alberton Junior went to Bronwyn-Lee Peyper, with Viandre Fasasie as the first princess and Mbalenhle Mokgadi as the second princess. Miss Alberton Teen 2023 was Thokozile Dietrich, with Zanelle Huyzers as the first princess and Twiggy Makaleng as the second princess. The title of Miss Alberton Curve 2023 was claimed by Thato Nkadimeng, with Pamela Njilo as the first princess.
Excitingly, entries for Mr. and Miss Alberton 2024 are now open and can be submitted at www.mrandmissalberton.co.za.
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