Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
Miss Rural Zimbabwe founder Sipho Mazibuko says she is mentally fit to superintend the pageant which returns after a very long lull.
The Bulawayo based pageant grew who was once admitted and treated at Ingitsheni Central Hospital said she was now working with a vibrant team of licence holders to ease pressure.
Mazibuko told journalists in the capital that the search for Miss Rural had begun in various provinces after she unveiled licence holders for the eight provinces.
The last edition was last held close to 15 years ago and was shelved after Mazibuko suffered mental issues.
“I had a nervous breakdown, it was highly publicised, I was admitted at Ungutsheni Central Hospital in Bulawayo.
“Then afterwards I had a divorce so all that affected me, I had a full nervous breakdown,” she said.
The passion pageant organiser said she decided to pursue her calling after she recovered.
“It has taken me a long time to recover and to reflect and then when I recovered, I planned the comeback of Miss Rural and we are here today announcing the search for Miss Rural and its starting from today.
“It comes with an additional Mr Rural,” she said.
Mazibuko who conceded that the condition derailed her plans, continued:
“I’m managing my condition, I have bipolar, it’s a chronic condition just like diabetes, just like BP.
“I’m taking my medication; I will take it until I die.
“I have been stable for the past 12 years, I was last admitted at Ingutsheni 12 years ago.”
The former model and fashionista assured modelling enthusiasts that she was working with a vibrant team.
“I have got a team, this time around I’m not going to do everything on my own like I did the last time.
“I have got all these licence holders and then I have a production team.
“Basically, I will be sitting at home because I can’t trust myself so that’s what going to happen,” she said.
Despite her illness and challenges, Mazibuko said she was still in touch with her last two queens Abigirl Mabhoni and Nyasha Phiri whoo were crowned in 2005 and 2006 respectively.
“Abigirl Mabhoni was here this morning; we are still in touch.
“Actually I empowered her by showing her how to travel to China, we went to China for the past like five years.
“I am the one who sponsored her university education at Solusi Unviersity, she is a manager at Econet here in in Harare.
“Our last queen Nyasha Phiri is also a businesswoman, she is the licence holder for Masvingo province,” she said.
Meanwhile, the first provincial search will be held on November 22 in Bulilimangwe District on November 22.
Dates for other preliminaries will be announced while the national finals will be held in Zvishavane on December 22.
She also announced the list of licence holders for various provinces.
These licence holders comprise Ethel Mpezeni who is set to preside over the Mashonaland East preliminaries, Gaudencia Velani (Manicaland and Mashonaland), Nyasha Phiri (Masvingo), Mavis Koslek (Midlands), Matabeleland South (Mazibuko) and Duduzile Phakathi for Matabeleland North.