MBABANE – The kingdom’s Miss Deaf 2008/09 Simphiwe Magagula has made history on the international stage, she scooped the First Princess title at Miss Deaf World Finals 2009.
The finals were held in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday. She was among over 21 finalists from different countries around the world vying for the coveted title of Miss Deaf World 2009. According to the Miss Deaf World website, this title went to a Ukrainian girl known as Diana Koftun. The Second Princess title went to Maria Baranova from Russia.
Another of the pageant’s title was Miss Deaf Europe, which was scooped by Nina Davitinidze, from Gruzia. The pageant itself is in its ninth year of existence.
Magagula left the kingdom early this month accompanied by Nelsiwe Lushaba, her interpreter. Lushaba too, also confirmed the beauty queen’s win. Both are expected to jet in the country later today.
Before Magagula’s departure, it transpired that she still owed her tuition fees at the School for the Deaf in Siteki. Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Themba Masuku raised concern about this and instructed the Education Ministry’s PS to see to it that the matter of her school fees was taken care of, as she was also an Orphaned and Vulnerable Child (OVC).
The DPM further thanked STBC for buying the ticket for the beauty’s interpreter. The Ministry of Education bought the teacher’s air ticket. He also commended the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs for buying the beauty’s air ticket.“We would like to commend the collaboration of the ministries involved. Magagula is a school going child and she is going to represent the country in a cultural manner hence the involvement of the culture and education ministries in this undertaking,” Masuku was quoted saying.
Other sponsors for Magagula prior to her trip included Edgars Store, Foot Print, Ligomba Lemaswati and Venus Hair Salon.