What a privilege it is to announce that the first ever Gauteng Miss Heritage was a local from Krugersdorp. Sherianne Pillay was crowned as queen of the pageant on 6 August at the Killarney Country Estate, Johannesburg.
Sherianne represented Krugersdorp as a prestigious young woman whose passion lies in the education and abilities of youth.
“The youth is in the perfect position to move our country froward,” Sherianne said.
“Our freedom heroes such as Steve Biko, Hector Peterson and Oliver Thambo all gave us an example of how powerful the youths voices can be.”
Sherianne says her love for youth stretches further than just the pageant. “Even long before the award, I took children of orphanages to the Hector Peterson memorial to introduce them to knowledge about South African heritage,” Sherianne said.
Her latest trip to the memorial was accompanied by eight members of the Dora’s Ark orphanage. “It may have been just eight children, but now it’s eight educated children,” she said.
Sherrianne will once again represent Gauteng at the next leg of the pageant which is the South African, inter provincial Miss Heritage pageant. The event takes place 22 September at Carnival City. The queen, first princess and second princess all qualify to participate in this event. The winner will be crowned Miss Heritage South Africa.
Miss Heritage SA will then participate in an international heritage pageant called the Miss Heritage global.
“I aspire to represent South Africa at the global awards and would love to share our unique heritage with the rest of the world,” she said.
To Sherianne heritage does not just mean the culture of a country. “To me it is the food we eat, the songs we sing, the sports we play, and all of the unique things we as a nation say and do. We have to carry these things over to our children to ensure our legacies will last for generations to come.”