Two EC beauties among 12 finalists for Miss SA

2015-11-25 06:23
Mikaela Oosthuizen.        Photo: SUPPLIED

Mikaela Oosthuizen. Photo: SUPPLIED

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THE Miss South Africa crown beckons in the distance, but the two Eastern Cape finalists for the competition already have plans to build a future for the country’s youth.

Mikaela Oosthuizen (20) of Port Elizabeth and Luyolo Mngonyama (24) of Mthatha were informed last week that they are among the 12 finalists that will compete for the honours in March next year.

Yet the glamour of the competition is the last thing on her mind, a bubbling Oosthuizen indicated. “For me, the most important thing is to solve the country’s problems in education,” Oosthuizen, the youngest of the finalists, said.

“There are still many things that prevent equal access to education, although it is a constitutional right for each. I want to make sure everyone gets the education that was promised to them.”

Meanwhile, Mngonyama also wants to find the best of South Africa - in an unexpected place. “I have been working for a while with a centre for juvenile offenders awaiting trial,” said Mngonyama.

“Crime is a problem affecting the country at various levels, but it is so easy for people to judge, rather than to solve the core of the problem. I decided to do some research and get to know and understand these juvenile delinquents.”

She believes the solution lies rather in psychology. “Many of these people come from broken homes or poor conditions. As a child in Mthatha I could sometimes not go to school because my parents could not afford school shoes or school fees. It would be easy to find another way out through crime, but I was raised to believe in myself. If this positivity can be cultivated in young offenders’ minds, they can turn their backs on crime and build a better life.”

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