Buhle Xulu has big shoes to fill as she takes over the reigns from Lungile Buhule and follows in the footsteps the likes of Basetsana Khumalo and Augustine Masilela.
Buhle from Dube is a 20 year old BComm accounting student at the University of Johannesburg. Buhle intends to establish literacy centres that will focus on teaching the youth of Soweto how to read and write. That’s how she wants to empower them – by giving them something that no-one will take from them. “I want to be an influential woman, an advocate for change,” she said.
Nthabiseng Kgasi from Protea Glen and Nokukhanya Kunene from Emdeni were crowned first and second princesses respectively.
Donald, Soweto’s Finest and Tappcussionists added to the entertainment line-up, while Jozi FM’s Mpho Putini and actor Thato Molamu did a fine job as MC’s for the event. The judging panel included soap star Mapaseka Koetle, former Miss Universe Augustine Masilela, beauty and health editor Grace Mantjiu, Miss Heritage 2015 Ziphozinhle Ntlanganiso, and socialite Shakes.
The queen walked away with grand prize of R10,000 in cash and a holiday cruise to Mozambique, a year’s worth of hair services from Afro Nubian, R30 000 in jewellery from Lichaba Jewellery and a year-long membership at Virgin Active.
The first and second place princesses also received vouchers from Afro Nubian, membership at Virgin Active and cash prizes from White Star, and all finalists received product hampers from Sharplines Haircare.