Miss Heritage Botswana Katlego Gaotsenelelwe - who made Botswana proud last year December by becoming the 2nd princess at Miss Heritage World competition which was held in South Africa – received her cheque from the international organisers who surprisingly brought it to Botswana. Gaotsenelelwe won herself R25 000.
The ceremony that was held at the rooftop of Lansmore was just an exclusive private ceremony that was attended by the family, members of the media and the business partners. The representatives from the executive team were Calvin Mavunga and Ronald Tisauke and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the pageant Mandla Mkhize, who reminisced about the background and growth of the pageant. One thing about the international pageant that is based in Africa is that contestants do not wear bikinis as a way of honouring the fact that traditionally Africans do not wear bikinis, but rather contestants from around the world show their distinctive traditional attires and the culture.
He said that Miss Heritage 2015 will be held on November 14 at Sandton Convention Centre in South Africa where 60 countries are expected to take part. Miss Heritage Botswana, who will represent Botswana in South Africa, will be crowned in October and will have a month to prepare for the international competition. Pako Nyepi, the Private Secretary to the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Khama, applauded the journey taken by Gaotsenelelwe to make sure that she wins her prize in South Africa. “It was the same boldness, determination and commitment displayed by Gaotsenelelwe when lobbying for support for her participation in South Africa that made her to be the second princess, further putting Botswana on the map,” she said. Nyepi encouraged the Miss Heritage team to reinforce their momentum on popularising the concept of heritage because it is such an emotive subject that is easily accepted and supported. She committed to consulting the Department of National Museum and Art Gallery to see how Miss Heritage Botswana can be supported.
The executive team for Miss Heritage International revealed that it was Gaotsenelelwe’s focus, strong resolve and discipline that led her to the win at the end. Gaotsenelelwe expressed gratitude for all the support she got towards her Miss Heritage campaign even though there were a lot of challenges she faced. She has now been officially appointed the National Director of Miss Heritage Botswana and has promised to work hard to ensure that her successor wins the title. Director of Miss Heritage Botswana Khumo Leburu - a former Miss Botswana – appreciated that Miss Heritage has redeemed pageants. “Very few pageants actually hand out promised prizes and this gives credence to Miss Heritage brand and also gives dignity to contestants in the upcoming campaigns,” she said.