Tshepiso Makhele
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18 May 2016
11:41 am

Miss SA’s random acts of kindness

Tshepiso Makhele

'I believe in giving back and I am privileged to find myself in a position where I am able to do just that,' said Kunene.

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene Miss South Africa 2016. Picture: Kevin Mark Pass

Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has launched her Random Acts of Kindness campaign and called it ‘Your One Day’.

Sun International and headline sponsor Cell C provided Miss SA 2016 with R200 000 as part of her prize package to use during her year of reign as she sees fit to charities or needy individuals of her choice. Ntando has expressed her desire to focus on topical issues, which she may read about in the media and act on them immediately.

“I believe in giving back and I am privileged to find myself in a position where I am able to do just that. I cannot wait to get started,” she says.

Miss South Africa 2014 Rolene Strauss – who went on to take the Miss World title in the same year, named her Random Acts of Kindness campaign ‘Believe’, which built on Cell C’s ongoing campaign of the same name. Initiatives that she contributed to during her reign included the Procter & Gamble programme, Always Keeping Girls in School and the No Student Hungry Bursary Programme (NSH).

Her successor Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie named her drive ‘Liesl’s Piggybank’. Benefiting from her largesse was The Grave Factory who provided nappies and formula for babies in children’s homes as well donations to a number of educational institutions.

“We are delighted to be associated with Ntando’s good work and very happy to help contribute to her fund,” said Suzette van der Merwe, Cell C’s commercial communications executive.

“Ntando has shown an incredible enthusiasm to use her platform as Miss South Africa 2016 to benefit others, it is an honour to witness her passion for her Random Acts of Kindness Campaign, ‘Your One Day’, and I believe she will leave a proud legacy,” Sun International’s public relations executive Claudia Henkel said, echoing Van der Merwe’s view.