MASERU — Miss Vodacom-PC FM 2009 concluded its revelry with a prize-giving ceremony at the Maseru Sun Hotel on Monday.
The event, to reward achievements at the pageant held two weeks ago, was originally pencilled in for an 11am start at The Times Cafe but ultimately began nearly two hours late.
Fortunately, the delays didn’t spoil from a dreamlike afternoon overflowing with beauty and prizes.
The biggest winner in the bright sunshine was of course Miss Vodacom-PC FM herself, Karabelo Mokoallo.
Besides a Chevrolet Spark worth M72 000, the 22-year-old beauty walked away with a brand new Blackberry phone prized at M5 500 and a M5 000 cheque in prize money.
The prizes illustrate the growth of the beauty pageant which began as Miss PC in 2000.
The show has grown from strength to strength and musical thoroughbreds such as South Africa’s HHP and Lira as well as local favourite Fatere contributed to an unforgettable pageant two weeks ago.
PC FM managing director Motlatsi Majara was pleased with the pageant’s development into one of Lesotho’s biggest entertainment events.
“When we started our aim was to improve the lives of the youth of Lesotho,” Majara said.
“We thank the sponsors who have made this event bigger than we ever dreamt of.”
“We have made history by giving this young lady a new car,” he added.
“She was chosen not because she knew any of the judges but because of her beauty and her brains.”
Tšabiso Letsoela, head of Vodacom Lesotho’s commercial wing, said this was a sign of his company’s commitment to Lesotho.
“We don’t want to do things that disappoint Basotho,” he said.
“We want give the best and we want to keep pushing the envelope.
“There are a lot of haters in Lesotho (but) we need to do things that will uplift this country.”
On her part, Karabelo thanked the pageant’s sponsors, her 15 fellow contestants and her family.
As one of the perks Mokoallo will have a website dedicated to her work throughout her reign — www.missvodacompc09.co.ls.
“I have a website coming and that will update people about my social responsibility projects,” Karabelo told the Lesotho Times after the prize-giving ceremony.
“Vodacom and PC have done the first step in uplifting modelling in the country. This is a career for me and my hope is to go international.”
“It is a great responsibility, it’s a great challenge for me,” Karabelo said of her reign.
“Hopefully the God-fearing part of me will help me become a role model.”
First princess Refiloe Letokoto and second princess ‘Masello Jafeta each got M5 000 for winning a public popularity contest conducted via sms.
‘Masello was also voted Miss Personality by her fellow contestants, while ‘Matšeliso Matela was adjudged the most photogenic.