Management for the Miss Blantyre Pageant announces termination of its contract with one of their partners Yanga.co from Lilongwe.
This comes at a time when the Miss Blantyre camp is set to roll out a Schools campaign and wishes the public never to affiliate their operations with the said sponsor.
Last year, Yanga.co approached Miss Blantyre team for partnership and offered to have The Queen as an Ambassador for Online Education through their Class Yanga project.
To the contrary, Yanga.co failed to implement the project.
According to their CEO who made the pledge, Earnest Kapeleta, Yanga has not been in business forcing suspension of their intended project.
Meanwhile, they still afforded Miss Blantyre Chisomo Machelo the car privilege for the months April to June and paid monthly allowances from January to May.
“We are willing to work with The Miss Blantyre team in future in a different capacity but at the moment, we are not in business and cannot afford to continue with the partnership. This is why we thought it wise not to continue any further to avoid any inconveniences. We arranged a token for Miss Blantyre which we will pay by August month end to compensate for her allowance” said Kapeleta.
He emphasized that his company made attempts to continue with the partnership but efforts proved futile.
Commenting on the development, Miss Blantyre Pageant Chairman Daniel Ngwira lamented the move as very regrettable and unfortunate.
“The Modeling industry suffers a lot of stereotypes and Miss Blantyre has pioneered restoration of such trust to modeling. Such a development somehow leaves a lot to desire and speculate as clearly Yanga made a pledge over something they could not achieve. We hope however to continue attracting better partners and sponsorship as we prepare for the next pageant coming in November 2016” Said Ngwira.
Ngwira continued to say that this year and going forward, Miss Blantyre management will aim to strike more meaningful and fruitful partnerships that can align with their beyond beauty theme.
As a strategy, we will soon announce an Executive Board which will be there only for strategic decisions and partnerships. This executive team will also guide the social and corporate activities the pageant lines up for the Queen and princesses.
“We draw a lot of lessons from last year and this year we hope to come out big and better” said Ngwira.
The Miss Blantyre team has several partners from last year such as BizMalawi, TechnoBrain which sponsored an IT scholarship for the Queen, which she successfully completed, Julie’s Bakery, Queen’s Bakery, AXA, Premier Buses, Perpix Graphics, Mikozi and The Blantyre City Council which also appointed The Queen as Ambassador for the Keep Blantyre Clean and Green Campaign.
“From the meeting we had with Yanga, our queen was also clearly unhappy with Yanga’s lack of open approach to the partnership as they played a lot of dilly-dallying forcing speculations of duplicity” added Ngwira.
Patrons from Blantyre and other regions from Malawi should expect return of The Miss Blantyre Beauty contest early November at a venue to be announced.
Last year, Blantyre City Mayor called for more support and investment into youth projects and cited Miss Blantyre as one such huge platform.
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