Goodwill Zwelithini Cancels Visit

| April 30, 2015

King Goodwill Zwelithini of South Africa’s Zulu community will no longer officiate at the launching of Miss Africa scheduled for Boipuso Hall in Gaborone on May 9.

Miss Africa’s chief executive officer, Bruce Nkgakile, told the media on Tuesday that the King of the Zulus’ date here collided with critical domestic issues that needed his urgent attention.

Nkgakile said the launch had to be postponed from April 30 following last year’s invitation to the king because he was not feeling well.

Coincidentally, the king was by then coming to Botswana on a compensatory visit for the initial invitation by the President that he could not attend, he said. The CEO noted that they had clashed the two appointments such that he would be able to use the time to see all the people who had invited him previously.

The king was scheduled to meet with Ntlo ya Dikgosi, State President, BMC, diamond facilities, identified premium agricultural projects in conjunction with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, he said, adding that the visit was more on striking partnerships with various actors as they had wished.

He said they had targeted the king because of his worldwide fame for promoting and being the custodian of culture.

“With the recent uprising and xenophobic attacks, the king will not be able to attend and his visit has been indefinitely postponed,” he said, adding that King Zwelithini was not solely coming for Miss Africa project, but a state visit as well.

On other issues, Nkgakile said they were working on approaching the African Union so that it could officially recognise Miss Africa pagenat and place it under its structures. He said their aim was to fight the challenges of social issues around African countries such as diseases, floods, natural disasters and the spread of HIVAIDS.

Miss Africa judges Gabriel Tlagae, Boingotlo Motlalekgosi and Motlamma Sesinyi said in selecting the contestants for Miss Africa, they would be looking for an African lady with a personality.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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