MISS Bachelorette South Africa 2020 finalist Siphuxolo Mazwi recently hosted a Self-Defense Aerobathon for charity at the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden.Mazwi said she did not only host the aerobathon to fulfil her responsibilities as a Miss Bachelorette SA finalist, but also to take a stand against acts of rape, femicide and gender-based violence during the 16 Days of Activism campaign. Mazwi also highlighted that she is hoping to host the event annually moving forward. At the aerobathon, a gym company explained some of the benefits of working out; such as improved learning abilities, improved sleeping patterns and more.Gus Hornsby, founder and chief instructor at African Shield Combat Systems, delivered a speech on self-defense before a series of demonstrations were presented by his team of instructors.“The possession of pepper spray, a taser, a pocket knife or any other self-protecting weapon is important, however, the necessary training and knowledge of all possible advantages and disadvantages [of these items] is often left unattended,” said Hornsby, who said that it remains imperative for persons wishing to carry these weapons in self protection to be trained in using these measures, lest they end up putting themselves in even bigger danger during an attack by either not using the weapon correctly, to its full extent, or by inadvertently using the weapon on themselves.After the workshop, attendees were on their feet and began an aerobics session that was, needless to say, very fun to engage in. Mazwi concluded by extending gratitude to the SANBI KZN National Botanical Garden, African Shield Combat Systems, the South African Police Service, and Planet Fitness for making the event a success.“Even though I did not meet the target for raising funds for my charity beneficiary identified by the Miss Bachelorette South Africa pageant; the ThyRest Restoration Home,I am glad the much-needed eye-opening message of [proper] self-defense was received effectively,” said Mazwi. ThyRest Restoration Home serves women from all socio-economic backgrounds who have been victims and are survivors of sexual abuse, rape, human trafficking and more; Mazwi added that, for those who wish to assist her in reaching her fundraising target, people can make pledges to the initiative. For information, or to assist, contact Mazwi at 078 509 1314 or follow her journey on Instagram @mpho313.