Residents of Tsanino, Limpopo, the hometown of newly crowned Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri, have expressed their admiration for her feat, saying it will inspire more girls in rural areas.

Ndavi, 23, from Gawaza village outside Tzaneen, was crowned Miss SA 2022 on Saturday night.

Gawaza, a rural town twenty 20 km southeast of Tzaneen, is home to the newly crowned Miss SA.

Knockery started her journey to participate in beauty pageants at the age of seven. The University of Pretoria graduate with a Bcom Investment Management degree is the third beauty queen after Shudufhadzo Musida, who was crowned in 2020, and Bokang Manjane in 2010, who hails from Limpopo province.

Residents say Ndavi has put their area on the map…

“I’m very proud of the fact that she represents us well in Tsaning, the Tsonga person, usually people look down on Tsonga people, but she actually proved them wrong and she’s very smart. I’m very proud that she’s from here, but not really a country girl, but a country girl can do it too.”

Also, Mopani District Municipality Spokesperson Odas Ngobeni says they are delighted with the achievement of the beauty queen…

“It’s an achievement not only for her but for us as a district and I think it’s an inspiration for every girl around because she comes from a rural village so we’re all delighted, we want to believe that at some point the executive mayor would like to host her.”

Congratulations continue to come from government and other institutions. Limpopo Prime Minister Stanley Mathabata also sent her his best wishes. The Prime Minister’s Spokesman – Willy Masoma…

“PM Mathabata sends best wishes to Nukeri family after Ndawe makes Limpopo, but proud PM Mathabata will be very clear that Ndawe’s win means Limpopo is home of stars, home of champions” .

Nockery’s family would not comment as they were still savoring the moment.

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