Common denominators - beauty, brains, warm heart

2016-04-06 06:00
Miss Teen Commonwealth SA 2016 semi-finalist, Siyamthanda Madlala needs your vote to make it to the finals. PHOTO: nqobile mtolo

Miss Teen Commonwealth SA 2016 semi-finalist, Siyamthanda Madlala needs your vote to make it to the finals. PHOTO: nqobile mtolo

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MISS Teen Commonwealth SA 2016 semi-finalist, Siyamthanda Madlala (17), a combination of brains, beauty and a caring heart, is doing her bit to contribute to the well-being of Pietermaritzburg.

With levels of illiteracy a worrying factor in South Africa, Madlala and her sponsor, Maphikela Investments Pty (Ltd), bought and donated books to a rural school in Maqongqo on the outskirts of Pietermaritzburg.

“This was my first project. There is a need for young children to be educated. If they start adopting the habit of reading from an early age they will understand and scrutinise documents in their life. When you read you get information, and information is power,” she said.

She has also donated sanitary pads, toothpaste and deodorant to Ubuntu Crisis Centre, a non-profit organisation in Edendale. Ubuntu houses 33 girls aged between five and 17. She had done interviews with local media companies and radio stations and has been a guest at community events.

“I started modelling when I was eight. I love modelling, but being part of Miss Teen Commonwealth SA has offered me a chance to interact with the public and help those who are in need.

“It is such a life-changing experience and I would not trade it for anything,” said the former Russell High matriculant.

Miss Teen Commonwealth SA participants are judged on the community, charity work and donations they make to their communities. For Madlala to get to the finals, she needs more “likes” on her Facebook page.

To see the outstanding work that Madlala has done and to vote for her, visit and like her Facebook page Siyamthanda Madlala/Shezi Miss Teen Commonwealth SA 2016 SemiFinalist.


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