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Nelisiwe Lushaba takes over Miss Deaf

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MBABANE – Nelisiwe Lushaba is the new Miss Deaf Swaziland Beauty Pageant Director.


Lushaba, who normally interprets news in sign language on Swazi TV, has in the past accompanied the Miss Deaf queens during their trips to the Miss Deaf World pageant.


She takes over from Nokuthula Mbatha who about a month ago tendered her resignation. Mbatha had been in charge of the pageant since 2010.
Also in the committee to be headed by Lushaba are two former Miss Deaf queens Nosipho Zwane and Simphiwe Magagula.
Also included on the list of the committee, is well-known actress Zodwa Gama.
The committee is expected to be announced before the end of the week.


Information gathered is that Lushaba has already been informed formally that she would now be in charge of the pageant.
Tony Dlamini, President of the Swaziland Beauty Pageants Association (SBPA) confirmed the appointment of Lushaba as the new pageant director.


Dlamini first wanted to know how this reporter got to know that there was already a candidate for the position.
“How did you get to know this matter? We were hoping that we would announce the list before the end of the week,” he said.
He then confirmed that Lushaba would be the main person organising the pageant.


“Among other duties, she is expected to see to it that the current beauty queen is well taken care off. She is also expected to manage the upcoming pageants,”   he said.
Dlamini said since Mbatha had already done the handover, Lushaba was expected to start working anytime soon.
“Lushaba is aware that she has been tasked with the duties of being in charge of the pageant and we expect her to resume her duties. If she happens to need help, we will be there to assist her,” he said. Dlamini said they believe things would be easy for Lushaba as there were former beauty queens within the committee.


“We believe in her ability and we can assure the nation that the pageant is in safe hands,” he said.
When called for comment, Lushaba confirmed that she had heard rumours but said nothing official had been communicated to her.
“I heard about it but I would love to make a comment once everything is announced officially,” she said.

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