Miss Earth SA finalist brings glamour to waste

Miss Earth SA finalist, Mandisa Mqolombeni. Photo submitted

Krugersdorper and Miss Earth South Africa finalist, Mandisa Mqolombeni, took her glamour to the Tsogo Sun and Gold Reef City theme park, where she took part in green activities alongside the other Miss Earth South Africa regional finalists.

On the day, there was a workshop conducted by Edith Venter, on the attributes of being a brand ambassador, and Thabo Hollo from Nedbank addressed the young hopefuls on finance and money management.

“We have to create a balance in our young women. We want them to understand wellness, finance and the environment. Miss Earth South Africa is looking for an environmental spokesperson; someone who understands the challenges that we are facing, who can be a role model and a mentor to the younger generation,” the director of Miss Earth South Africa, Ella Bella said.

Part of their training to become an environmental spokesperson included activities designed to ensure that they have an understanding of the kind of planning they should be doing as young women.

The 26-year-old Mandisa recently rolled out her waste project at Sandile Primary School in Kagiso. The project aims to teach children about waste and recycling. This is in keeping with the pageant’s #WasteStopsWithME campaign. The objectives of the campaign are to highlight the problem of waste, illegal dumping and litter, and to ensure that people know they, as individuals, can make a change. The campaign saw the finalists go on a tour of Johannesburg to see illegal dumping sites, informal recycling depots and the challenges of waste management. This was all packaged to empower these young women to be ambassadors in the waste sector.

“Preaching, sharing and trying to live by Pikitup’s #WasteStopsWithME campaign is growing in to something bigger than I expected,” Mandisa told the News.

Mandisa Mqolombeni brought her glamour to the waste sector at Gold Reef City. Photo: Twitter.

Mandisa Mqolombeni brought her glamour to the waste sector at Gold Reef City. Photo: Twitter.

She says that she enjoyed the workshop most, because it taught her a lot of lessons. However, she also enjoyed going to Lulama Primary School in Soweto, because she enjoys interacting with children.

In addition to working on her new blog, Mandisa is also studying towards a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental and Geographical Sciences, and still finds time to fulfill her duties as a finalist in the Miss Earth SA pageant.

“We need the environment way more than it could ever need us, so it is not up to the Mogale City Municipality to keep the West Rand clean, nor is it the responsibility of Pikitup to keep the greater Johannesburg clean – it is every individual’s responsibility,” she told the News.

With the determination and hard work that she puts in, she leaves little doubt that she will be an ambassador in the waste and environmental health sector even beyond the pageant.

Read more about Mandisa Mqolombeni and her work on her blog www.greenandbrownblog.wordpress.com.

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