The February contest saw crowd favourite Maziva tightly squaring up with another front-runner, Shamiso Chifokoyo.
A new addition to Foz’s judging panel, Spiwe Sibiya, a former model and events co-coordinator based in Pretoria, described Maziva as having a confident and strong look, yet calm and down to earth.
“She showed much passion for what she does, and we hope she will do the same in representing her country as a tourism ambassador or in the various charity projects she is engaged in,” said another judge, US-based singer, CeeJay Besa.
Besa said Maziva clearly looked like a woman of substance with a great personality and beauty.
In a bid to win public affection, contestants shared details of their charity engagements, received corporate endorsements and spiritual encouragement while others established a network of fans lobbying for their votes.
“What is exciting about Foz is that it is relevant, exciting and fresh and we get to see what the models are doing in the community to change real lives,” said a fan of the contest, Abigail Kunaka.
Foz appears to have gained momentum as a mainstream pageant and with tempers sometimes flaring between supporters of different models.
Foz marketing director Mike Tashaya, who is currently in Zimbabwe to engage the competition’s sponsors, said the February contest had attracted much interest.
“The grand finale in December is a show not to be missed and we are happy to be attracting such high quality contestants like Gamu,” said Tashaya.
He said to celebrate Maziva’s victory, one of the competition’s sponsors Platinum Lifestyle Estate was set to host a party in Borrowdale on March 9.
At the party Foz officials are expected to engage with the competition’s fans, prospective contestants and partners.
Maziva will kick off her charity calendar by hosting a Fashion Show that will run under the theme We All Are One to fundraise medication and basic supplies for Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko and Mother of Peace orphanage in the same area on March 31.