Sandi Maqoqa maybe a globe-trotter but deep in her heart’s recesses, she nurses an even deeper desire to plough back in the Kasi she grew up in.Presently a full time resident in Midrand, Sandi, however, grew up in Langa and New Crossroads where was a serial beauty pageant winner.Today she is a proud holder of pageant titles like Mrs Gauteng 2011, Mrs Mzansi Africa 2012 - first runner up and Mrs Globe South Africa 2016.In December she was flying the Mzansi flag high in China where Mrs Globe was held with more than 70 countries fielding an entrant.“I represented SA, not just as a beauty queen but as an ambassador for my country. Although I didn’t bring the overall title back home, I managed to bring back the Global Children’s Advocate Award in recognition of the work and effort I put in sharing the love for the youth of South Africa and around the globe,” she said.In Gauteng she is involved in charity work, youth mentorship programmes and sports co-ordination. She laughs loudly and states categorically: “I am an athlete, a netball player and participate in well-ness boot camps.” Sandi embodies the essence of “beauty and brains”- she completed a B Com Hons in Business Admin and B Sc Computer Science at UWC before adding a Diversity Management Course at Wits.Currently employed by Oracle as an Applications senior solutions consultant, Sandi finds time to “mingle with communities and make an impact”“I like getting out there to encourage young people who have lost hope to stand up for themselves and make a change in their societies and their own homes, to build and sustain their confidence and look beyond their future,”she said.Not only does she motivate the youth but also addresses single parents, married women and guardians to aim high and never look down upon themselves because of age. “I am now 42 years of age and I still lifted the SA flag around the globe with great pride and confidence. I am a proud and responsible single mother of two and I still balance my lifestyle well,” she enthused.“Honestly I may not be able to spend more days to implement and run a full project in the Cape but my wish is for young Capetonians to know that there is someone out there who is willing to mentor/guide them in shaping up their communities,” Sandi told City Vision.She has mentored other young people online and even telephonically. “Maybe there are other youth programmes already running in the Cape but in order for them to stand strong they need to know that it is possible just by reading a story that they can relate to,” Sandi said.Up and coming models and young mothers need to read a real story of someone who came from the same backgrounds as them.