Miss Congeniality 2020, Rendani Munyai (front, in green dress) surrounded by some of the other disabled contestants of the competition, well-wishers and councillors. Photo: Silas Nduvheni.
The winner of the Miss Congeniality 2020 pageant, Rendani Munyai, was properly congratulated last Saturday (5 June) during a special reception held in her honour at the Christian Worship Centre in Maniini village, just outside Thohoyandou.
The 24-year-old was crowned in December last year. She is now a third-year student at the University of Venda (Univen), studying for her bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology.
Miss Congeniality is the brainchild of visually impaired former educator, Ms Bele Ramunenyiwa from Thohoyandou P West, who said that the aim of the competition was to encourage disabled young people to be confident and appreciate their beauty, regardless of their disability.
Ramunenyiwa (53) had been an educator for 22 years before she started to lose her eyesight in 2013. In 2018, she decided to start something that would give recognition and bring dignity to young disabled people, and Miss Congeniality was born.
“We realised that disabled people are seldom recognized and often overlooked due to their disabilities. We have to give them courage, so that they too can become meaningful people in our society,” she said.
During the event, Mr Rapson Rambuwani, a disabled councillor from the Vhembe District Municipality (VDM), joined other councillors, well-wishers, and the traditional leader of Maniini village, Vhamusanda Nndamulelo Mmbi, and urged parents with disabled children to get them registered on the district’s database. By registering them, they can be included in projects funded by the municipality and earn an income for themselves.
Rambuwani, who works at the VDM’s special programmes disability desk, said that having a child with a disability did not mean the child was cursed. The disability should rather be accepted as God’s will and part of a greater plan for that child.
Contestants for the 2022 competition can contact Ramunenyiwa for more information on 079 031 1253 or her daughter, Denga Netshiheni, via her WhatsApp number on 078 740 1647.
Date:19 June 2021 - By: Silas Nduvheni