Miss Heritage finds home in SA

HARARE - Miss Heritage organisers are having the last laugh following the successful hosting of the world pageant in South Africa two weeks ago.

Miss Heritage is run by Tare Munzara and when it was held last year in Zimbabwe they encountered logistical and financial problems, leaving some on the world contestants stranded in the country and missing Christmas celebrations in their countries.

But this year, Munzara and team decided to leave all the drama behind them and instead looked for South African sponsors to help them realise their dream.

“We moved due to the continuous economic meltdown in Zimbabwe. We experienced enormous challenges last year which were resources orientated.

“Zimbabwe is not ready for such world class events, our vision became irrelevant due to that, and we saw no need to try again in Zimbabwe, because we clearly knew that we were not going to host it, the way we dreamt it,” he said.

Miss Heritage Philippines, Odessa Mae Tadaya was crowned Miss Heritage International. Her first Runner-up is Anna La Borde of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and second Runner-up is Katlego Mendry of Botswana.

“The experience has been amazing, as president, I was assigned a stylist, chauffeur with a luxury vehicle, executive assistant and an image consultant. This was done to strengthen the branding and the image of the pageant. Image is a very important aspect in the South African business and entertainment community. This is something that is foreign to Zimbabwe, due to lack of resources. That is how different South Africans are to Zimbabweans.

“So the brand Miss Heritage was and is being guarded jealously. The level of professionalism and how things are done with military precision is totally inspirational and life changing, many lessons were learnt. In Zimbabwe we do shows, in South Africa it’s a production with scripts,” he said.

Munzara, who spent the whole year preparing the South African edition, said they would host it there in the next three years for stability’s sake.

“We do have offers from Kenya, USA, Swaziland, Philippines and China, to host the event there, but we shall have consistency for our baby to grow, since we are at infancy stage, so we shall remain in SA for the next three years. No amount of money can buy what we want to accomplish in terms of consistency,” he said.

“South Africa is a land of resources, if you can dream of something, it will succeed. Zimbabwe is my home, I love my country, but for me and my conglomerates, the South African option is better than the Zimbabwean one.

“People have respect for ideas, and they support ideas. I wish that one day Zimbabwe gets to that level, and our neighbour South Africa is a very good template to copy from,” he said.

He added that the media there was receptive, and believed in his vision.

“I did some serious interviews, with seven TV channels, which air internationally also. The media here is very supportive and welcoming. People do just more than their job, but also to build. The support was overwhelming. I remember how most of the TV anchors who interviewed me, came in their personal capacity just to support the vision,” he said.

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Mampone Mohatle - 29 March 2015

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