The recently crowned Miss Earth SA, Irini Moutzouris, aims to use her platform to help make a sustainable change to communities around the country. Moutzouris, 22, a Bachelor of Education student at the University of Pretoria, was crowned during a glittering ceremony in Joburg, beating first runner-up Orielia Egambaram and second princess Bianca Rungasamy. Moutzouris said she was excited to be able to make a difference in the lives of the people during her reign. The pageant sets itself apart from other beauty competitions by seeking to empower young South African women with knowledge, while it prides itself on helping combat the destruction of our natural heritage. As part of her duties, Moutzouris will also travel around the country to teach people how to minimise waste, recycle and plant their own vegetable gardens.