There are a lot of perks that come with winning Miss South Africa. This year’s winner will walk away with R1-million in cash and R2-million in sponsorships
But along with the fame and money comes a lot of responsibility.
Giving back to the community is part of the job but it is something that all the winners seem to enjoy. Many continue doing charity work long after their reign has ended.
Nobody is more committed to help their community than former winners, Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala, Rolene Strauss, Liesl Laurie, Ntando Kunene-Mthethwa and Tamaryn Green.
The women, who have been dubbed the ‘Big Five’, helped launch the 2019 Miss SA campaign in style in May.
When they are not getting dolled up for a Miss SA related event, they are living their dreams and helping scores of people along the way.
Here’s a look at how they have been giving back to communities in South Africa
Miss SA 2018, Tamaryn Green
Not only did Tamaryn win the Miss SA pageant but she also went on to wow the Judges at Miss Universe – finishing a close second (1st princess).
While there was no denying her physical beauty, she proved that she also had a heart of gold throughout her reign. Tamaryn used her personal battles to shine a light on an important illness. She was diagnosed with TB in 2015 and used her fame to educate the masses.
She became a TB advocate during her reign, after starting the ‘Break the Stigma’ campaign. “It took me three years to talk about my story. I could have avoided a lot of trauma speaking about it sooner… I want to encourage people not to be afraid to speak up about their problems and get the help they need. It is the only way we are going to beat TB. The power of the Miss SA platform is bigger than I could ever have imagined and I am in a position where my voice can be heard,” she said at the launch of the campaign.
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Miss SA 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa
A lot has happened since Ntando won the Miss SA pageant. She married Idols SA star Khaya Mthethwa and became a mom. She now juggles a happy family life with her career. But there is another part of her life that is also very special to her.
Ntando is big on giving back to the community. She started a winter drive during her reign, which helped provide warm clothes to over 1 800 learners in South Africa.
“We decided that the sets collected would be distributed at rural schools as the children often have to travel long distances to get to school and these sets would assist in making their journey to school warmer. The response was wonderful and I would like to thank everyone who helped. A small thing can make such a difference in a person’s life,” Lead SA quoted her as saying.
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