Port Elizabeth’s Marissa Mkhize was crowned 2019 Miss Eastern Cape at a glamorous function at Umnenga Lodge last Sunday. Sarah Johnson was crowned first princess and Khona Funjwa second princess. “The main purpose of the event is to empower the girls of the Eastern Cape through leadership and emotional and spiritual intelligence,” Miss EC founder and chair Zikhona Ngxata said.
During the week before the pageant, the young women took part in different activities such as attending talks, with the aim of developing their skills further. They also got involved in community projects, in which they collected more than 1,000 items such as nappy packs, baby formula, blankets, tinned food and toys for Guardians of Hope and Hands of Hope.
The 12 finalists then visited the female inmates at the West Bank Prison. “The girls were judged on social responsibility and on ambassadorship qualities. “The main challenge we faced was funding, as the programme was multifaceted,” Ngxata said.