Adè van Heerden, the 1st Princess to former Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, has been crowned the new Miss South Africa today in light of Nel-Peters’ recent win at the Miss Universe Pageant.
Earlier this month, Van Heerden was placed in the Top 10 at the Miss World pageant where she competed as Miss World South Africa. This was a first for South Africa where a princess was placed in the final 10. She was also announced winner of Beauty with a Purpose along with four other contestants.
Says Van Heerden, a 26-year-old medical doctor and lieutenant at 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town: “Having only three weeks to prepare for Miss World and placing in the Top 10 as well as winning the Beauty with a Purpose project were achievements beyond my wildest dreams. But what I will carry with me forever is the immense pride I felt in being able to represent South Africa. I am delighted that I will be able to continue doing so as Miss South Africa.”
She said she was overjoyed when Demi was crowned Miss Universe: “Demi has worked to make her dream a reality and I am elated to celebrate this victory with her.
“I know that I have big shoes to fill but am thrilled and humbled to wear the Miss South Africa crown. Previous Miss South Africas have already welcomed me into the sisterhood with open arms, and I realise that I now have the responsibility of continuing the Miss South Africa legacy. A legacy that leads women of all cultures, spreads love and unite South Africans.”
During her Miss South Africa reign, Van Heerden would like to continue to focus on mental health issues, particularly amongst young women.
“I would like to concentrate on a range of mental health issues – from depression and eating disorders to anxiety and how to build confidence. One of the side effects of social media platforms is that girls have become incredibly critical of themselves and they often feel unworthy. I would like to use social media as a platform to address this.”
Asked what she wanted to bring to the role as Miss South Africa, Van Heerden said: “The role of Miss South Africa is ever evolving and women in our generation are stepping into important leadership positions on all fronts. I believe that I am representative of the ‘new and upcoming’ generation of women in our country. We are smart, assertive and informed, but also empathetic and caring. This reflects in my calling as a doctor in the military – I’m not afraid to stand my ground on a physical or emotional level. I hope to lead as dynamically and as open mindedly as I live my life.”
She also alluded to the fact that she would like to start a monthly Miss South Africa breakfast club.
From New York the new Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters sent the new Miss South Africa her congratulations: “You have demonstrated on the Miss World stage what you are capable of and I know you are going to make all South Africans proud. Welcome to the Miss South Africa club! I wish you everything of the best.”
It is a sentiment echoed by Sun International’s PR Manager Claudia Henkel: “I know that Adè will continue the reign with the same commitment, poise and grace and make a meaningful contribution to the lives of many young South Africans.”
Says Cell C’s Executive Commercial Communication, Suzette van der Merwe: “Miss South Africa annually delivers a representative that elevates national pride, inspires and delights. Adè is an intelligent, self-assured woman and I know she will give 100% to her commitments and causes."
Boipelo Mabe, who was crowned second princess at Sun City earlier this year, will now take over the position as first princess.
The new Miss South Africa 2018 will be crowned in May next year, providing Van Heerden with a six-month reign. The Miss South Africa Pageant is a proud collaboration between Sun International and Cell C.
Every now and then, a South African celebrity seems to slip through our fingers, making it big internationally without us even realising it (in that they’re actually one of our own). Enter singer, Oshri. Now, if his name sounds familiar to you, chances are that you have already added some of his songs to your playlist (“Bad Reputation”, “Crazy But Free”, or his latest single, “Too Much”). Or maybe you recall a TV show called the TRACE Music Stars competition, where he walked away with top honours as the winner. The show was mentored by Wyclef Jean and broadcast on Trace Urban, the second largest music video television network in the world.
The rest of Oshri’s journey sounds like something out of a movie (“Coyote Ugly” comes to mind).
Oshri moved from Cape Town to New York to continue his endeavours with Wyclef in his efforts to gain recognition in the music world. And get this, while Oshri was busy with rehearsals when he was invited to perform at the Trace Urban Music Awards in Paris during 2015, he was spotted and then approached by American pop / R&B superstar, Akon himself, who signed Oshri to his label!
Yes, THE AKON!
Shortly after the deal was finalised, Oshri began working on his EP with songwriter, Mike Campbell. Now this is a pretty big deal, considering that Campbell is known for co-writing songs like “Say Something” by Christina Aguilera and Great Big World. Oshri now spends most of his time between Los Angeles and New York, and when he can, Cape Town (we heard rumours that he is heading to the Mother City over the December holidays, so let the stalking begin!)
Even if you’re been listening to Oshri’s music, chances are that you haven’t seen just how ridiculously good looking he is until now! Well, we’ve got even greater news for you than sharing these pictures with you. You can see Oshri strip down completely in the music video that he shot in Manhattan, New York for “Crazy But Free” (which even made it onto the BillBoard top 40 Dance Charts). Watch it HERE
Oshri’s music style (and looks!) is heavily influenced by his family’s cultural diversity, with French and Middle Eastern parents - creating a one-of-a-kind sound and drooling good looks.
We love the messages behind his songs. “Crazy But Free” is all about being your authentic self, no matter where you are in the world. His latest single, “Too Much”, is about the pressure that women are under to always look their best with tons of makeup, the best wardrobe, the latest hairstyle trends, and Oshri is saying it is all “Too Much”, and that men like him really just want to fall in love with the girl under all of these outside layers of fake beauty. Oshri is currently shooting a music video for “Too Much”, and we can’t wait to see it. So for now, we’ll just have to be content by listening to the song, which is available on iTunes and Apple Music, and of course watch his other music videos over and over…
So by now we are probably all pretty much in love with Oshri (stand in line, ladies and gents!), and the answer to the question on everyone’s lips is yes, he is currently single - focusing on his career, but definitely looking for “the one”.
Are these positive messages behind the songs on purpose, you might wonder? “Absolutely,” says Oshri. “I believe I have a responsibility as an artist to deliver a message, and not just share my stories. We should elevate our spirits by being good and doing good, believing there is a greater power and picture behind it all.”
The song “Bad Reputation” was actually recorded right here in Cape Town - a collaboration between Oshri and another heartthrob - one of SA’s biggest stars, Jimmy Nevis. Oshri is planning to record additional material with Jimmy during his visit to Cape Town next month.
If all this is just the beginning of Oshri’s music career, after already walking the red carpet at the Grammy Awards this year, we cannot wait to see what is waiting for him next. But one thing is for sure, we’ll be watching!
For even more of Oshri, visit his website www.oshrimusic.com. Follow him on social media (@Oshri and/or @OshriMusic)
As we know, all is not well in many parts of the world and we are individually trying to figure a way to make a difference in the best way we can. Finances are usually required, which many don’t have to give and the cycle of uncertainty about how to bring about change perpetuates.
What if … you could give to charity without having to put your hand in your pocket?
Allow me to introduce you to the #WhatIfchallenge and entice your involvement in “actively” giving charity and then helping encourage others to do the same.
Different.org, a crowdfunding philanthropy platform, is empowering South Africa’s sporting community and active citizens to make their training contribute towards positive change in our country. Their current #WhatIfChallenge campaign rewards physical exercise with monetary allocations towards five prominent local non-profits. Those visionary organisations who dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to carrying out truly life changing work in communities across the country.
Simply registering as an Activist on the Different.org portal ensures that R100 gets instantly allocated to a charity of choice. For an ordinary morning run or ride, an Activist has the potential to get up to R800 allocated to a Non Profit. It’s really that easy - and exciting.
The five non-profits are HospiceWits, Cotlands, Wildlands, Rhiza Babuyile and Rays of Hope - and each of these organisations have a great track record of making a positive impact in the respective communities that they serve.
All the allocated money goes to the non-profit - there are no fees, charges or hidden costs, which is pretty unique in the crowdfunding world. This really is all about showing that people can make a difference without it costing them anything.
Says Ryan Sobey, Head of Operations at Different.org: “All our funding comes from Different Life which offers life insurance with a difference using a unique online platform. Not only is insurance made simple, inexpensive, effective, but Different Life cover makes you an instant philanthropist. It’s insurance with a feel good factor that sees every client partake in the Different Donation programme. The first monthly payment – and the first payment every year – becomes a Different Donation, allocated to a good cause of choice through Different.org. But you do not have to be a Different Life client to help allocate Different.org’s funds. Anyone can register.”
How can you get involved and help spread the word
Becoming an activist begins with your registration on Different.org crowd funding platform and in so doing you register your support for a particular #WhatifChallenge Not for Profit campaign. You have the option of participating in various #WhatIfChallenge challenges where you run, ride or swim pre-set distances. Activities can either be shared on social networks with a picture of you in action or a snap shot of your distance complete through your personal tracking, like GPS Cycling and Running App, Strava. When you register on Different.org can participate in the campaign and thereby have up to R800 allocated to a Not for Profit of their choice. In so doing you know you are influencing a beneficiary group you care about.
Sharing your training data across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WhatIfChallenge in each challenge, proving your participation and also inspiring your friends and family to participate and join the movement, will resulting in us collectively raising even more money for the Non Profits.
To learn more about how to become a #WhatifChallenge Activist, visit: www.different.org/hero-kickstart to access a digital toolbox of tutorials and videos which contain all you need to know about:
How to become an activist
Completing #Whatif challenges
Using video to inspire your donors
Asking (nicely) for donations
Five tips to fund your project
Giving great feedback to your donors
“Make sure you check out our website’s blog. It is a source of inspiration to many, detailing the personal stories of quiet heroes, those who have exerted both small and enormous physical effort to raise funds through their sporting activities. It shines a light on the heart-warming work of the various non-profits supported by Different.org and even provides training tips for sporting enthusiasts” concludes Sobey.
Use your training to make difference. To sign up as an Activist go to www.different.org
Click here to view the ‘How to become an activist video’.
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