A rose for Nomzamo

Nomzamo Mbatha recently received the special honour of having a rose named after her at the 47th spring rose festival at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, just north of Pretoria, and we were there to see all the action.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” William Shakespeare wrote.

The new South African-bred rose by the name of Nomzamo is indeed “sweet” and honours television actress and humanitarian Mbatha.

The 28-year-old is no stranger to awards, but her latest “award” was one only a few could match. Mbatha follows nobel laureates Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who also have roses named after them.

She said she had to pick her rose “from thousands”, giving her input on what the rose should look and smell like.

“I immediately fell in love with her (Nomzamo rose),” she said. “I knew (when I saw her) that she was the one.”

Mbatha said she didn’t choose a “perfect” rose and its imperfections were reflective of herself and other women.

“We (women) are imperfect, but only we see those imperfections as the rest of the world sees us as beautiful.”

The Nomzamo rose produces an endless supply of densely petalled rosette-shaped blooms with a light fragrance.
Its colour is a warm salmon apricot. The plant grows into a sturdy shrub with glossy green leaves that shows off the appealing blooms.

Just like the flower, Mbatha has also bloomed spectacularly.

In a short period of time, her journey had taken her from an unknown MTV Africa’s talent search contestant to
one of Africa’s most sought-after stars.

Her influence and mass appeal have led to several brand ambassadorship appointments by renowned brands such as c, Puma South Africa, Audi SA, L’Oréal Paris and McDonalds SA.

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