MASERU — Refiloe Pheku who last month won the Miss Vodacom PC FM title was on Friday handed her coveted prize — a 2.1 GWM Florid vehicle worth M105 000.
In addition to the car, Pheku also won a Blackberry 9300 mobile phone and airtime worth M500.
She also won a modelling contract worth M5 000.
She also won an opportunity to further her computing skills through an International Computer Driving License (ICDL) course offered by Computer Business Solutions, a local company.
Other prizes include a trip to Menkhoaneng and a 32-inch LCD HD TV set.
On top of the Miss Vodacom PC FM crown, Pheku also took home M5 000 cash after she was voted the most popular contestant.
First princess, Hlompho Ramorakane, received a Blackberry 8520 curve mobile phone and M300 worth of airtime.
Ramankoane, a National University of Lesotho graduate also won a chance to do an ICDL course.
She also won a 26-litre microwave, a hair-do for six months, and a trip to Menkhoaneng.
Khahliso Khama, who was crowned second princess, walked away with a bread maker, a Blackberry 8520 curve phone, a Vodacom starter pack and M200 worth of monthly airtime for a year.
She also won a chance to study for ICDL computer course, a trip to Menkhoaneng and a hair do for three months.
The remaining 13 beauties each walked away with a Vodafone 555 mobile phone, Vodacom starter pack and airtime worth M100.
Miss Personality, Konesoang Setlai, received M100 and a cosmetic hamper from Population Services International Lesotho.
She will now be known as Miss Lovers’ Plus, after a condom marketed by the company.
Rethabile Phakisi, who won the Miss Photogenic title, received a food processor while Liseloane Malelu received a dinner voucher for two worth M300.
PC FM station manager, Kholu Qhobela, revealed that sponsorship for this year’s pageant had declined.
“When we approached local companies for support most of them refused saying they could not afford to sponsor a big company like Vodacom,” she said.
Qhobela appealed to local organisations to look at the bigger picture of growing the pageant despite Vodacom owning the naming rights.
“The pageant is initiated to benefit girls who participate hence why we ask for support to give them gifts and prizes.”
She said local companies should support “this noble and significant pageant for it to grow for many years to come”.
Qhobela challenged Vodacom and other sponsors to give the girls opportunities to use their beauty and intelligence within their companies.
One of the 16 contestants, Mosenyehi Motsomi, said although only three won, the rest had also received relevant training.
“From the pageant our confidence was enhanced and we learned work ethics, among other things,” she said.
Sekonyela Matamane from Vodacom said the girls now needed to monitor their lifestyles and behave well because they were now viewed as ambassadors.