Miss Tourism Zim boot camp begins

HARARE - The Miss Tourism 2016 boot camp, which will run until the day of the finale — November 25 — began on Thursday at a Harare hotel.

According to Miss Tourism Zimbabwe patron Barbara Mzembi, two of the 18 finalists did not immediately join the boot camp because of exam commitments but are expected to join the “short and intensive” programme as soon as possible.

“Right now there are two ladies not present but they will join us soon. They are writing exams, and I felt that we should give them a chance.

“There are several who could not entirely make it as their exams run until the finale day,” said Mzembi.

She warned the girls during the sashing ceremony to make the most of the boot camp to avoid elimination.

“You started a race and you must enjoy it. You also have to work hard to secure a place in the top 15 as there will be an elimination exercise on Sunday morning where three will go home,” said Mzembi, adding that the girls were expected to sign indemnity forms before joining both the pageant and boot camp.

The Miss Tourism Zimbabwe patron is confident that they will produce worthy ambassadors to represent the country’s tourism brand.

“We are grooming the ladies and to add a touch of class there will be no alcohol allowed in camp. I know they are all adults but this is how it is going to be.

“This is a learning curve for us as next time we will try to schedule everything before exam time in order to ensure that no selected girls miss the pageant,” she said.

The girls who went into camp are: Ashley Morgan, Shirley Ann Lindsay, Nonhlanhla Dube, Sindiso Ndhlovu, Evermore Nyamangezi, Courtney Matende, Kudakwashe Chabaiwa, Gamuchirai Mutero, Laureen McIntosh, Audrey Mhungu, Lippy Ndagurwa, Memory Chapinduka, Melissa Bure, Chiyedza Chinake, Anesu Hokoyo, Merrylin Ngwenya, Rutendo Taruvinga and Hazel Nhamburo.

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