The Miss Ballito contest returns this year with 10 fresh and enthusiastic participants.
The fundraising initiative for Zimbali Rotary is not just about appearance but also heart, looking for a young woman who will dig deep to raise money for charity in the year she holds the title.
In no particular order, this week we present to you the top 5 finalists for 2021, continuing next week with 5 more.
Candice Lee Parasgan Doorasamy, 18, Shakaskraal.
Undergraduate student at North Coast Agricultural College in Shakaskraal.
Candice was touched by the work of the Summerhill House Orphanage in Etete and would devote her attention to helping raise funds and supporting the cause.
“I entered Miss Ballito to be brave and learn new things. Most importantly, I want to become an inspiration to young girls and show the world how I can make a difference in the community.
His hobbies include dancing, singing, cooking and cleaning.
Recommend: The art of happiness by the Dalai Lama.
Megan Lane, 19, Ballito.
Qualified slimming and health therapist with qualifications from the film academy in directing, scriptwriting, SFX makeup, camera operation and production.
Megan is originally from Gauteng but now lives in Ballito, trying to make a difference by raising awareness, supporting and funding the autism that affects a family member.
“By having a voice through the Miss Ballito pageant, I hope I can educate, encourage, gain visibility and awareness, and give a voice to those who may not have one.”
She aims to help people improve themselves with her health skills while still finding time to be behind and in front of the camera.
Recommend: Kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Samkelisiwe Cele, 19, Ballito.
Volunteer at Sinosizo, an NGO in the canton of Velani, Etete.
Samkelisiwe is passionate about giving back, with a special focus on helping children.
“I like working with children and helping them find each other thanks to me, so that they learn to know and recognize each other with respect. I believe that I can make a lot of change in Etete and be able to make all the dreams I have for these children come true.
Recommend: The jury by Steve Martini.
Jessica-Lee Marcus, 21, Umhlanga.
Works in communications and graphic design, also runs his own online business.
Jessica-Lee is passionate about animals and loves to volunteer at Safe Haven.
She would like to use her platform to help animals in need.
She is also a social activist.
“I want to be the voice of everyone who has ever been bullied. I myself have struggled my whole high school career I know if I had had someone to be a voice for me it would have made all the difference.
In her spare time, Jessica-Lee enjoys painting, dancing, walking her dogs, playing Fortnite, and spending time with those she loves most.
Recommend: The YUSA guide to balance, mind, body and spirit.
Sibahle Makhanya, 21, Ballito.
Student in marketing management, currently at the end of N5 studies.
Sibahle enjoys helping children become the best version of themselves and would focus on raising awareness for orphanages if the opportunity arose.
“I joined Miss Ballito because it’s not just a beauty pageant. I learned that by joining him, I would have the opportunity to become an ambassador within the local community to make a difference in the lives of other less fortunate people.
If Sibahle isn’t on the netball field to train for the next few games, you can find her at home reading fashion magazines or working on her photography.
Recommend: Othello by William Shakespeare.