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Three At-Risk Animal Species in Africa

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Endangered Species
Source: SuperScholar.org

Ashanti Mbanga crowned Miss Earth South Africa 2013 at spectacular Gala dinner

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

Eastern Cape beauty, Ashanti Mbanga (24), was crowned the Miss Earth South Africa 2013 at a star-studded Gala Dinner, which took place at Tsogo Sun’s beautiful Montecasino Ballroom last night. Mbanga, who was dressed by Rubicon Clothing, is completing her Degree in Transport Economics, which she hopes to use as she pursues a political career in the transport sector. Although born in the Eastern Cape, Mbanga has shared her time in Gauteng between Pretoria, Sunnyside where her family is and Johannesburg, where she is enrolled at the University of Johannesburg. Mbanga has big dreams for herself and aspires hopes one day to affect real change in the sustainable transport sector from the position of South African Transport Minister.

The runners up hail from equally diverse backgrounds, Erin Roche (21), first runner up, Miss Air, currently living in Centurion, was born and raised in Nelspruit, a town where she says, “A kind heart goes a long way.”Thobile Mchunu (24), second runner up, Miss Water, who was born in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal, now considers herself a “Joburger” through and through having lived in the Nation’s economic capital since her family moved inland when she was in grade 3, is currently working at a youth marketing agency and fondly remembers a childhood spent playing barefoot in the garden with her younger sister. Limpopo-based model and businesswoman, Katryn Barwise (22), took the third runner up, Miss Fire, title. Barwise is the proud owner of a Limpopo-based youth development organisation and as a Finalist she worked extensively with school learners of all ages on numerous environmental education programmes.

Other highlights of the evening included the announcement of the three Miss Earth South Africa Ambassadors for 2013, Carmen Loureiro (23) from the beautiful Ekurhuleni suburb of Bedfordview, Makgomo Sebesho (25), originally from Limpopo who now hails from Gauteng’s West Rand, and Nicole Laxton (19), a photographer and budding artist, also from Bedfordview. The announcement of the Ambassadors came shortly after the announcement of Laxton as the recipient of the Best in Evening Wear, title, and Barwise as the Public Choice recipient, having received in excess of 1,200 votes. Barwise was also awarded the Green Project award, having worked with 1,966 learners in the course of her educational work as part of the programme and having planted 120 trees across the Limpopo Province.

Tsogo Sun, which was announced as the official home of the Miss Earth South Africa in 2012, played host to the National Finalists at the Montecasino Southern Sun Hotel in the week leading up to the Gala event, which was attended by some of SA’s most glamorous and green people. The event was emceed by Jersey Boys heart throb and well-known South African actor, Emmanuel Castis, a long-time friend of the organisation who has helped with many projects and campaigns. Guests were blown away by phenomenal SA entertainment such as the power house that is Lonehill Estate; They describe their music as neon rock and have enjoyed much success with songs like Techno Band, The Green Pocket, Daans, Gangstar and Look Good. Shaun Jacobs made huge waves when he released his single LOVE CAN earlier this year. He was the highest charting SA artist on the local iTunes chart for 12 weeks and was part of the line up alongside operatic song bird Nombuso Ndlandla. Celebrities in attendance included Garnier Ambassador TV personality Connie Ferguson, former Miss Earth South Africa winners Kayan Leung, Nondyebo Dwingwa, Matapa Maila, Nancy Rebelo and celebrity faces such as Edith Venter and Shona Ferguson.

This year’s programme was hotly contested, with hundreds of entries received earlier in the year; the organisation took 80 young ladies through to the Regional Finalist round, which was announced in May. After two months of educational and greening projects that number was cut to 25 National Semi-Finalists, who spent a week greening Cape Town and Johannesburg with Reliance Compost and Tsogo Sun in early July. The announcement of the 16 National Finalists on the 15 July marked just over a month to the announcement of a young lady who will go on to represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth in South East Asia later this year. The organisation holds hands with its principal partners, Consol, Tsogo Sun, Imperial Toyota, SAPPI, and Reliance Compost, who keep the team 100% Carbon Neutral.

More about the Miss Earth South Africa:

Since planting their 20,000th tree in 2012, the Miss Earth South Africa organisation has come a long way, having recently returned from a landmark trip to the West African state of Côte d’Ivoire where they joined the 2012 International Miss Earth winner, TerezaFajksova and to launch the Miss Earth Côte d’Ivoire franchise. The Miss Earth SA team also attended the official United Nations Environmental Programme World Environment Day celebrations in that country, where they planted 20 trees at the University of Cocody in Abidjan. On 8 June the team joined forces with local NGOs, UNEP, UNESCO, the UNDP and the Ivorian Minister of Environment in cleaning the beaches of Grand Bassam, just outside Abidjan.

The Miss Earth South Africa’s leadership was recently in Istanbul, Turkey where they chosen to attended the Al Gore Climate Reality Leadership Corps. The Leadership Corps event was led by former US Vice President Al Gore, founder ofthe Climate Reality Project, who trained participants to deliver the climate change presentationmade famous in his globally acclaimed documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. As members of the Leadership Corps global network, Catherine and Ella Bella joined a select group of diverse, passionate, and talented activists from around the world.

The organisation was also honoured earlier this year by the Department of Trade and Industry, Proudly South African and Brand SA when they received the inaugural South African Premier Business Award in the Young Entrepreneur Category. On receiving the award, Eco-preneur, Constantinides, was humbled and honoured and said, “It’s a collaborative effort. We have been able to achieve our objectives because of an amazing team and incredible partners. This award is dedicated to all who have believed in my dreams and the green future I believe we can all share in.”

Over the years the Programme has secured endorsements from a range environmental bodies including the Minister of Environmental Affairs, several green agencies such as SANParks, SANEDI, WWF, SANCCOB, and Cape Nature and is supported by the Department of Basic Education, as well as City of Cape Town, and the eThekwini Municipality to name a few.

Why beautiful women you may ask?

This platform creates ambassadors and spokeswomen that people aspire to be like, people admire and children look up to. The programme has grown over the years from one success to the next, making a huge difference to people, communities with which it works and the environment. What better role model than a beautiful and intelligent, young South African woman, someone who has a green message that you want to take up and make your own. Children are in awe of these young ladies, and are like sponges in their presence, absorbing every word they say.

The dynamic young woman who is named the 2013 Miss Earth South Africa will receive the use of a Prius Hybrid from IMPERIAL Toyota for the year of her reign. She will receive prizes from David Green Eyewear, leading South African designers Werner Dey, Craig Jacobs, JJ Schoeman and GerritPienaar, gifts from Garnier, Cadbury, Reel Gardening, ESSE, ZANDO, Lorna Jane active wear designed by women for women, Healing Earth, Hemporium and Crystal Forum as well as hair treatments and styling by leading Sandton-based salon, Bijan Boutique Hair and Elchim.This coupled with dental care from Sandton Dental Studio, will ensure that the Miss Earth SA will look and feel good wherever she goes. Earth Pro-Biotics, Carbon Track and Fourways Air-conditioning, will equip the winner’s home so that she can instantly adopt a greener lifestyle in her day-to-day living, other green gadgets including the latest technology from SAMSUNG, African Organics, LED gadgets from Eurolux. She will also receiveGepardissimadesignerjewellery to ensure that she departs for the International Miss Earth feeling glamorous and green. This year sees the exciting new partnership with SWEAT1000 the new exercise experience that has taken the country by storm. SWEAT1000 will keep the ambassadors fit and strong to tackle their exciting journey ahead.

For more on this exciting story visit their website, www.missearthsa.co.za, follow Miss Earth South Africa on Twitter (@missearth_sa) or Like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/missearthsa).

Lucy Purdon: Down to Earth – Your Invited

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

As one of the 16 National Miss Earth South Africa finalists for 2013, I have made it my business to turn Joburg’s northern suburbs green this Women’s Day! I’m hosting a stylish fundraising event called ‘Down To Earth – with an essence of green’ at Tokyo Star in Greenside on August 8th to raise awareness for the national green causes that I support through the Miss Earth SA organisation.

Everyone is invited to join me at 7pm on August 8th – ahead of Women’s Day – for an evening of live South African music and entertainment to celebrate the green consciousness of our generation and to enjoy the sounds of local talent like acoustic band, Rob Stewart and MIXFM DJ, Mr Meen.

100% of the R50 cover charge will be donated to the Miss Earth South Africa charities, and as a result the whole event serves to raise funds for causes such as the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), FreeMe, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind and SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds).

The event is my creation in response to the ultimate assignment given to the national finalists by the Miss Earth South Africa and I’ve invested myself in raising the support required to make it happen. This event has been made possible because of my wonderful Down to Earth supporters who have sponsored everything from the venue to the incredible prizes to help raise awareness about conserving our natural environment. All of my sponsors are making a difference in their own unique ways! I am proud to be associated with every one of them.

The event has been widely supported by sponsors and donors and offers more than R15,000 worth of prizes which will be given away throughout the evening. As the venue sponsor, Tokyo Star is a great supporter of environmental initiatives, while the African Angels (an NPO concerned with sustainability and enterprise development), Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, SKYY Vodka, Skye Photography, Clarins, Karoospace, Destiny Magazine and Karoo Comfort Zone have all come to the party and sponsored prizes because they strongly believe in the cause!

My long-term intention is to mobilise my generation to be the change that they want to see in the world and to make every day Earth Day – starting with encouraging people to make small changes to the way they do things. For example, if you’re not a vegetarian, I encourage meat free Mondays, to save electricity, unplug appliances not in use and have candlelight dinners, and don’t drink water out of plastic bottles – drink tap water and choose glass.

For further information about the Down to Earth with an essence of green event on August 8th contact me on Twitter @LucyPurdonSA.

 

Lucy Purdon: Down to Earth at the Sustainability Week Eco Fashion Show

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

It was my great pleasure to represent Miss Earth South Africa in an ECO Fashion Show at Sustainability Week SA on Saturday 27 July at Tsogo Sun’s Sandton Convention Centre. The ECO Fashion Show was organised by the awesome Kayan Leung – Miss Earth 2004. This was the second fashion show in which I have been fortunate to work with Kayan.  Each time, I have been impressed with her professionalism. I feel that there is so much to learn from someone like her, who represents exactly what the Miss Earth SA stands for – a genuine passion for being a change maker combined with class, elegance, beauty and intelligence!  Thank you Kayan!

I was fortunate to have modelled extraordinarily beautiful garments from Hemporium, a South African hemp company that educates people about hemp’s potential through the use of innovative products while creating an awareness of all that hemp has to offer, The Joinery, an ethical fashion brand focusing on edgy organic and hemp women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, and South African Fashion Designer, Craig Jacobs whose brand, Fundudzi, concentrates on innovative, organic garment creations

It was such an honour for me to have been able to model designs from these amazing brands, while at the same time promoting sustainable industry and ethical and responsible clothing manufacturers.

I also very much enjoyed the opportunity of being interviewed by SABC3 television about being a responsible consumer and promoting sustainable choices that are good for us and good for the environment.

Thank you to Hemporium, The Joinery, Craig Jacobs, Miss Earth SA, Kayan Leung, Sustainability Week and all involved in the event for giving me the opportunity to be a part of it.

Down to earth

with love,

Lucy xx

Lucy Purdon: Down to Earth in Sandton Chronicle

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Thank you to the Sandton Chronicle and Caxton for this wonderful photo and article published on 26 July! (Click the photo to enlarge it so that you can read the article.)

Down to earth

with love,

Lucy

xx

Lucy Purdon: Down to earth in the Fourways Review

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Thank you to the Fourways Review and Caxton for this wonderful article published on 2 August! (Click the photo to enlarge it so that you can read the article.)

Down to earth
with love,
Lucy
xx

Lucy Purdon: Down to Earth for Mandela Day with Stop Hunger Now

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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After my very exciting morning at Meals on Wheels, I headed straight to the Sandton Convention Centre where Stop Hunger Now had been filling and packing food parcels for the hungry. Stop Hunger Now is an amazing organisation that distributes nutritious food parcels all over the nation to people in need. When I arrived I was told that throughout the day, every 67 minutes, 67,000 food parcels were packed and ready for distribution. This statistic only made me want to break that amazing record. Myself and two other Miss Earth Finalists and A Mr South Africa finalist joined forces in filling each bag with the ingredients which consisted of soy, rice and seeds that went into the food parcel.
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Together along with the hundreds who had shown up to help did in fact break that record. At the end of our 67 Minutes we had filled and packed 87,000 food parcels! It was such an amazing feeling knowing that because we all came together to help we were indeed helping thousands of others.
I enjoyed every moment at Stop Hunger Now and admire all the wonderful work that they do on a daily basis.

This Mandela Day truly inspired me to want to help in every way that I can.

Down to earth,
with love
Lucy
xx

Lucy Purdon: Down to earth for Mandela Day at Meals on Wheels

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

On Thursday the 18th July, I dedicated my services and time to Meals on Wheels for the celebration of Mandela Day. Meals on Wheels is a lovely organisation that dedicates their time to feeding the hungry with a good nutritious meal every day.  I arrived early in the morning, ready to start cooking food for the less fortunate. We were quickly briefed, put in teams, given recipes and immediately started cooking. I was part of the blue team who were assigned to making a soy stew. This consisted of rice, vegetables, soy and salad. We were asked to cook quantities to feed 1000 people. To make things a bit faster I suggested that each of us work in pairs and we allocated tasks for everyone to do. I had the job of peeling onions which I did proudly… despite the tears. I chopped vegetables, potatoes and made the salad. I also helped dish out the food into containers to be ready for distribution.

I now realise how much work and passion goes on behind the scenes and I really admire the work that Meals on Wheels do. I thought that we all worked very well together and at the end produced wholesome food for the people who look forward to one meal a day.

Giving my time to something bigger than myself only strengthened the need to want to do more!

Down to earth,
with love
Lucy
xx

Julia Gramkow: Online Raffles

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Online Raffles

After my successful raffling of hampers at the Shongweni Market, I have decided to make an online raffle for those that couldn’t be there that Saturday morning. I have been extremely fortunate to have such kind sponsors behind me in making this fund raising possible.

I am overwhelmed by the  support I have received from my friends and family throughout my journey as a Miss Earth SA Finalist. I am very blessed to have such supportive people in my life and to be given this incredible opportunity to reach out to people and our environment.

 

 

 

Julia Gramkow: Inspiring others through Miss Earth SA

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

This morning I received a phone call from a very special little girl, that I met at the Durban beachfront clean up two weeks ago. This little girl, is truly a miracle. After being in a tragic accident and in critical condition for months, she has made a full recovery. At her Primary School, the teachers have asked the learners to present a project on their role model.

She chose me. What an incredible feeling to be a role model to someone who is in fact a role model herself. I cannot wait to visit her school next week and be part of her project. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for Miss Earth SA , I may not have made such an impact on this little girl’s life. Thank you Miss Earth SA for inspiring me , which has in turn made me inspire others.