As a way of raising environmental awareness among the community of Kariba in Mashonaland West, the organisers of the Miss Environment Zimbabwe have moved the finals of the pageant from Harare to Kariba, as the finals will be staged in the resort town on 13 May at Waterfront Resort.
This year’s finals will see 18 stunning ladies, the beauty and brains, competing to be crowned Miss Environment Zimbabwe, at a ceremony meant to celebrate and promote environmental awareness.
The ladies who will do the catwalk are Pauline Marere (Mashonaland West), Wendy Maturi (Mashonaland East), Natasha Masunda (Marondera), Marvelous Ganje (Chiredzi), Courtney Jongwe (Manicaland), Grace Masvavike (Midlands), Sicebi Moyo, Harriet Majoni, Mellissa Sibanda, Sibongile Moyo, (Bulawayo), Itumeleng Nare (Gwanda), Scholastic Makoni (Gweru), Mitchel Simeon, Zvashe Maponga, Lindsay Nyabereka, Eldah Wadzanayi Chitate, Trish Pfende, and Chantel Kanyoka (Harare).
From the contestants, only one will be crowned queen. Not only will she have the bragging rights of being the most beautiful woman on the night but she will also have the opportunity to drive away in a brand-new car and receive a cash prize of US$5 000.
The queen will be the sole representative of Zimbabwe on the international stage later this year, a rare opportunity for her to showcase her country’s beauty, culture, and environmental efforts.
The national director of Miss Environment Zimbabwe, Tichaona Nigel Shamu, who will also contest for the Kariba Parliamentary seat in the upcoming harmonised elections representing Zanu-PF expressed excitement about the forthcoming event.
“Initially, the pageant’s grand finale was supposed to take place in Harare in March, but we decided to move the date to 13 May as we planned to host a tourism attraction event in Kariba. “This is not just a pageant.
“Through the Miss Environment Zimbabwe finals, we’re aiming at raising environmental awareness among the locals and encouraging them to preserve their land as well as animals, as they have the capacity to transform Kariba into a tourism hospitality hub,” said Shamu.
After the crowning of the queen, the festivities will move on to Lake Harvest where an after-party featuring Jah Master, Poptain, DJ Sir Rolex and Elbee will be held.