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.