Miss Earth finalists get their hands dirty

The finalists of Miss Earth are from the left, front: Bongiwe Ntshingila, Zizipho Naki, Elné van Coller (Miss Earth South Africa 2016- 2nd runner-up), Mahlasedi Senong, Hope Mafa, Lungile Matsuma, Seipati Ledibane (Miss Earth South Africa Ambassador); back: Tshegofatso Maditsi, Christelle Erasmus (Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs), Irini Moutzouris, Precious Posholi, Mantibile Mohale, Keitumetse Tinte and Boingotlo Mankayi.

On Youth Day, 16 June 2017, the Miss Earth South Africa regional semi-finalists from Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria, will be joining hands with Qala Phelang Tala in Bloemfontein in efforts to raise awareness about environmental conservation.
The Miss Earth South Africa programme is a leadership programme that empowers young South African women to make a sustainable difference in their communities through environmental awareness and greening projects.This is done through creating an awareness of sustainable development, the environment, wildlife and the conservation of the country’s natural legacy, and ultimately the preservation of planet Earth.
The semi-finalists will be learning the skills of building a house from waste material with Anita Venter from Qala Phelang Tala on this day. The eco building project will empower them with the knowledge and skills to build from “waste” such as old tyres, plastic bottles, glass bottles and cob, which is a mixtures of manure, soil, straw and a little bit of water.
The project links up perfectly with the Miss Earth South Africa theme for this year, which is “Waste Stops With Me”.
“It’s a great project for the girls because they can go back into their communities and teach their people and empower them to build from waste, making beautiful homes for themselves.”
The project is also open to anyone who wishes to learn more about building with waste materials. “Waste is such a big problem, globally and in South Africa. Anybody can benefit from learning this skill, especially with the unemployment that we have. It’s such a great thing to give people the skills to actually make something from waste.”
The programme will start at 10:00 and ends at 13:00, at the 129 Vlei Avenue, Roodewal on the road to Maselspoort.
For enquiries call: Elné at 083-697-3040, Anita at 084-883-5301 or Mary at 078-145-0074. – Seithati Semenokane