CAPE TOWN STREET PARADE FOR MISS UNIVERSE ZOZIBINI TUNZI
Written by Nomfundo Tshabalala on February 12, 2020
Thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the streets to greet reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi when she rides in a specially designed float through the city of Cape Town on Friday morning as part of her triumphant homecoming tour.
Tunzi’s mode of transport in Cape Town is a float swathed in ribbons in the colours of the South African flag and fitted out with a throne that is a replica of her Miss Universe crown. It was first unveiled during her visit to Mthatha at the weekend.
She said: “It is the most wonderful form of transport ever. And I should know – I’ve ridden on those New York horse drawn carriages that take you around Central Park!”
Tunzi added that the float felt familiar and she was “at home” on it, which is not surprising as it was modelled on her national outfit – The Wave of Love – which she wore at the Miss Universe Pageant.
That outfit, a wave that swirled around her body, was made up of pieces of ribbon in the colours of the South African flag. Each ribbon was printed with letters of support from South Africans eager to take up the cudgels and help Tunzi fight gender-based violence in this country.
The brains behind the expertly manufactured the float is Henk Henderson from Henderson Worx, in Pretoria. Normally limited to manufacturing Christmas décor and customised props for shops, Henderson said he was thrilled to do something for a woman he so admires.
The float will leave Cape Town City Hall on Friday, February 14, at 10.40am and the route is as follows:
- Float departs City Hall along Darling Street
- Turns left into Adderley Street
- Along Adderley Street and turns right into Wale Street
- Along Wale Street and turns left into Long Street
- Along Long Street and turns right into Buitensingel
- Turns right into Loop Street
- Along Loop Street and turns right into Strand Street
- Along Strand Street and turns left into Adderley Street
- Along Adderley Street to Hertzog Boulevard
- Turns right into Hertzog Boulevard
- Along Hertzog Boulevard onto Nelson Mandela Boulevard
- Ends at Searle Street turn-off at around noon
The Miss Universe homecoming sponsors are The Department of Arts & Culture, The Ministry of Communications, South African Tourism, Brand South Africa, Mercedes Benz and Sun International.
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About the Miss Universe Homecoming Tour
As the 68th Miss Universe winner, Tunzi is currently on a week-long festivity that includes visits to Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mthatha and the two villages she grew up in – Tsolo and Dutywa. She was welcomed at OR Tambo at the weekend by dignitaries and members of the public before flying to the Eastern Cape. After her tour of Joburg, she will fly to Cape Town where she will be the personal guest of President Cyril Ramaphosa as he gives his State of the Nation Address in Parliament. The following day (Friday, February 14), it will be the turn of Cape Town residents to see Tunzi as she makes her way through the city in a street parade.
About the Miss Universe Organisation
The Miss Universe Organisation (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realise their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful”. The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® programmes provide the 10,000 women who participate annually with an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. The Miss Universe Organisation is an Endeavor company. To learn more, visit www.missuniverse.com.