‘Blazing’ title win for Kloof woman

2016-09-27 06:00
Mireesha Narsai was recently crowned Miss Earth South Africa: Fire at the Miss Earth gala event. Photo: supplied

Mireesha Narsai was recently crowned Miss Earth South Africa: Fire at the Miss Earth gala event. Photo: supplied

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KLOOF resident, Mireesha Narsai, was recently crowned Miss Earth South Africa: Fire at the Miss Earth gala event at Montecasino, Johannesburg.

The 24-year-old civil engineer was ecstatic and grateful for the support that the Upper Highway community had shown her during her campaigns and projects in the months leading up to the gala event.

These included vegetable garden plantings, recycling and waste management lessons, tree plantings, litter clean-ups and food collections.

Narsai, was one of four winners in the programme. Nozipho Magagula, a medical student from Pretoria, took home the title of Miss Earth South Africa, while Narsai (Miss Fire), Jeanine Keet (Miss Air) and Elne van Coller (Miss Water) were crowned as elements. Each of the winners in the Miss Earth South Africa programme gets to install a veggie tunnel, sponsored by Nedbank, which is to be placed in a school or children’s home of their choice.

Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, director of the Miss Earth programme said: “It’s rewarding to see the growth and influence of the Miss Earth South Africa programme over a period of more than 12 years. We aim to continue to empower young women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.”

The gala evening was hosted by South African comedian Lihle Msimang and the guest list included UN dignitaries, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, South African actress Kgomotso Christopher, Maps Maponyane and Yvonne Chaka Chaka to name a few. Ambassadors were dressed by Authenticate Collection and had upcycled garments made by the students of the Generation Earth Council at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Executive director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides added: “Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes, and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” - Supplied.

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