Miss SA opens frail care unit on Flats [WATCH]



June 19, 2016
Miss SA opens frail care unit on Flats [WATCH]

TREAT: Senior gets goodie bag from Ntandoyenkosi. CREDIT: Bertram Malgas

The reigning queen charmed seniors at Kensington Old Age Home opening.

Miss South Africa has fallen in love with Cape Town and wants to move to Kensington.

But only in about 50 years or so, says beauty queen Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, 23.

Ntandoyenkosi was in town on Wednesday to open the frail care unit at the Kensington Old Age Home.

And she says the facility is fit for a queen.

“I think I will book in, in 2070,” she jokes, after checking her retirement date on her smartphone.

The new unit was sponsored by Sun International as part of its community outreach projects.

“It’s so important because you need to take care of the elderly and this is a great facility,” Miss SA says.

Ntandoyenkosi, from Mkhondo in Mpumalanga, says she’s having the time of her life since she was crowned in March.

She is now preparing to participate in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

Chairman of the home’s board, Reverend Charles Blows, says the five-room unit is a blessing.

“It’s something we are very grateful for and much needed,” he adds.

The old-age home can accommodate about 90 residents, including pensioners in good health.

“You know, there are people here with Alzheimer’s and who have had a stroke and then also just pensioners,” says Reverend Blows.

The Kensington Old Age Home opened its doors in 1971 and survives on donations from the public.

Meanwhile, entry for Miss SA 2017 is now open.

Ntandoyenkosi encourages all young women to enter, saying winning the title opened a whole new world for her.

“My advice is… you must be emotionally prepared, have your outfits sorted and of course bring your brains with you,” she says.

The pageant will be held in March next year, and the closing date for entries is August 27.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next reigning queen, register online at www.suninternational.com/MissSA.

“My advice is, you can’t just wake up one day and decide you’re going to enter. You must be emotionally prepared, have your outfits sorted and of course bring your brains with you,” is her advice to anyone entering to be Miss SA 2017.

And her successor will have big high heel shoes to fill because Ntandoyenkosi charmed almal at the home.

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