KZN girl selected ‘Miss Earth SA’ regional finalist Miss Earth South Africa

2015-06-10 06:00

THE Lima Rural Development Foundation marketing manager­, Sandra Badenhorst, has been selected as a Miss Earth South Africa regional finalist.

The Miss Earth South Africa programme is focused on developing women through the vehicle of environmental education.

The Miss Earth South Africa is a leadership programme that aims to empower young South African women with the knowledge and provide a platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of South Africa’s natural heritage.

A KwaZulu-Natal girl, Badenhorst has lived in various parts of the province and relocated to the Western Cape last year due to work commitments.

She completed her tertiary studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology, cum laude and her honours in media and cultural studies.

“It’s easy to see why I love our Earth, growing up in KZN. One cannot help but be completely captivated by its magnificent coastal regions and lush, green surroundings.”

Four years ago she started working at Lima’s head office in PMB.

“My role as the marketing communications manager is so rewarding. I visit project sites countrywide, witnessing how dignity is being restored to these communities. What a gift to listen to participants telling me how they’re now able to feed their families with their grown produce and income generated through a project Lima began in their community,” said Badenhorst.

Although she is currently a Western Cape regional finalist she remained true to her KZN roots and came back to begin her first food garden project in KZN.

Recently Umbogintwini Primary pupils in Amanzimtoti were taught a lesson on tyre food gardening by Badenhorst.

“Tyre disposal is one of the most problematic sources of waste. With a bit of creativity, I taught pupils to reuse these rubber remains as planting beds for their vegetables, an exercise that can easily be replicated at their home,” she said.

Badenhorst said her goal behind this project is to combine food gardening with environmental protection.

“It has been an honour to be selected as it provides an excellent platform to explore our roles on this planet. We all have a part to play in ensuring we teach young minds to preserve our environment, and if that includes increasing food security simultaneously, then we have a winning recipe for change,” she said

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