A big congratulations are in order for our new Miss Earth South Africa 2018/2019 – who was crowned in a glittering ceremony on Saturday night at Montecasino’s Ballroom…Nazia Wadee.

21 year old Nazia hails from Lenasia in the South of Johannesburg, and is an undergraduate from Wits University focusing on International Relations and Media Studies and is currently an Honours student. She will continue to add value to the already established #WasteStopswithMe campaign.

Nazia is followed by three runner ups who will work together with her in the year ahead as they continue to drive environmental education, awareness and community programmes. These young women include; 1st Runner Up, Mpumelelo Maduna from Rockville in Soweto who is currently doing her BTech in Marketing Management; 2nd Runner up is Pinky Mokwena from Attridgeville in Tshwane an she holds a BTech Degree in Environmental Sciences followed by the 3rd Runner up Charlotte Joja who is completing her Honours in BA Psychology from the University of Johannesburg.

Finalists from across the country gathered on Saturday evening to share their work, projects and to engage in a round table discussion on the state of the environment from the perspective of each of their respective fields of study and passion. The dialogue and evening were facilitated and hosted by South African acclaimed TV and Radio Broadcaster and media entrepreneur, Zizo Tshwete.

Saturday night was not only a celebration of another year of environmental advocacy, community service and greening the nation, but the Miss Earth South Africa Leadership Programme also celebrated a milestone. 2018 marks the organisations 15 years of activism and service in communities across South Africa.

In attendance at this year’s event were Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, Gauteng MEC of Education Panyaza Lesufi, Ambassadors and Government dignitaries. UNEP Regional Manager Cecilia Njenga was in attendance showing her full support of the programme alongside, City of Johannesburg Health MMC Dr Mpho Phalatse.

Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides, also an international climate activist and human rights defender said; “Heroes don’t live in story books they live amongst us and we as the Miss Earth Leadership Programme have to ensure we empower and inspire these young women to be active citizens and be those heroes we need in society to allow us to change the problems we face on a social, community level and linking that to the environmental impact we are faced with as a society.”

Find out more about Miss Earth and the Initiative right here…

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