Fredoline Mantjies (16), a learner at Meisieskool Oranje in Bloemfontein, flew the South African flag high this past weekend when she won the Miss Teen United Nations pageant in India. The South African beauty was elected to represent the country after winning the national Miss Teen United Nations South Africa 2019 competition hosted by Mpho Botha in Johannesburg in September. Manjties explained to Bloemfontein Courant that in India she went head to head with three of Kenya’s best teen delegates.
She said somewhere along her journey it became about more than just herself, it became about carrying the name of her country, her province and her hometown across her heart with pride. “I was so emotional when I won, I didn’t know what to do because never in a million years could I have imagined myself doing something this big. I prayed every step of the way, from OR Tambo Airport to my hotel room in India and I thanked God for his favour upon my life. It still hadn’t sunk in that I was given the opportunity to represent my country,” said san excited Fredoline.
On the question of what her future plans are besides school, she answered that she cannot say as yet but that the world will definitely be hearing the name “Fredoline Mantjies” a lot. “My heart and soul are expectant for 2020. My biggest dream is to raise international awareness on cancer, to become Miss South Africa a few years from now, and to study law.”
This Koffiefontein gem is also the founder of the CANSA education programme which educates people from different backgrounds and age groups about cancer, a healthy lifestyle and risk factors that can be avoided to lower the chances of getting cancer.