Lindie Motswaeng (20) recently scooped the title of Miss 360 Road Safety 2018 in a beauty contest held in Game City Car Park in Gaborone.
Motswaeng – a second year Mathematics and Economics student at the University of Botswana – beat 13 other contestants to the tile.
The Marobela-born beauty queen clinched the crown in her response to the judges’ question. All the top 5 were asked the question – what they considered to be the greatest threat on our roads and why? Other beauties failed to answer comprehensively.
‘‘The greatest threat on our roads is the roads themselves; they are badly maintained take for example Nata/Francistown road. It has bad and many pot holes, a road like A1 which is used by many people is structured badly and consequentially has the highest number of road accidents recorded and most of them have claimed many lives. I believe if we can start by improving our road infrastructure, the number of road accidents will reduce significantly in Botswana,’’ said Motswaeng.
Olorato Lefenya, who was the crowd’s favorite from the beginning, came second and Refilwe Letsididi took the 3rd place.
The visibly overwhelmed queen said she intended to use the platform to disseminate more education on road safety and reach out to particularly the youth as they are the most affected.
Thabani Nyathi, the Managing Director of Design Surgery who organised the 360 Road Safety Expo, said they saw it fit to deliver an expo that would be interactive, entertaining as well as educational and as a result they conceptualised Miss 360 beauty contest. He said they were looking for a beauty with brains with passion for road safety issues.
Nyathi said they focused on a specific age group of 18- 30 years as they are greatly affected by road accidents in Botswana. There were no restrictions on height, weight or shape.
‘‘The beauty contest has proved to be the key component of 360 Road Safety Expo as it has attracted a large crowd and has served as a platform to deliver road safety message to the public. We plan on venturing outside Gaborone to find the next Miss 360 and taking the campaign as a whole outside Gaborone,’’ he said.