Miss South Africa pageant is now open to transgender entrants.
Miss South Africa organisation stated this on their website as entries for the competition opens.
The move has been praised by South African netizens as they feel everyone deserved a chance in life.
In order for one to be eligible to compete internationally, the contestant must be in possession of a valid South Africa ID document reflecting that their amended sex is female.
In 2018, Miss Universe featured its first contestant Miss Spain, Angela Ponce.
The outing going Miss South Africa is Shudufhadzo Musida who won spotting bald head which made her outstanding.
Zimbabweans in the diaspora will soon be able to acquire passports at embassies in their country of residents. This is after the government has engaged a private company for the creation of a national biometric database for citizens and production of e-passports.
This is part of the Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage ministry’s move to e-governance structure where the Registrar General’s Office would create an electronic database for citizens’ identity cards.
Zimbabwe has a passport backlog of 225 747 with some passports applied for as long ago as March 2019.
This has seen the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage introducing double shifts that will work five days a week to clear the backlog. The Registry is also facing challenges in production of plastic national identity cards, due to a shortage of consumables.
Priority has been given to high school pupils who need the IDs to sit for public examinations and people with selected emergencies while the rest of applicants are getting “green copy” waiting passes.
Through partnership with the private sector, the country would be able to produce four million passport units in a year.
Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said employing technology will reduce corruption and human error in the delivery of services.
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