Beauty queen has giv­ing spirit

Mrs Africa fi­nal­ist in char­ity drives

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BEAUTY with brains and a heart of gold Mrs Africa 2017 fi­nal­ist, Yonela Jin­dela, shines both on and off the ramp.

Born in Mqekezweni Village in Mthatha, Jin­dela has al­ways had a soft spot for char­ity work and giv­ing back to the less for­tu­nate.

“Char­ity was the main rea­son I en­tered this pageant. I heard of the com­pe­ti­tion through a friend.”

She said with her, giv­ing back goes a long way and in or­der for her to help peo­ple she did not need to know them.

The fi­nan­cial man­ager re­called how her love for char­ity had started with the words her par­ents would ut­ter about throw­ing food away, when there were peo­ple who did not know where their next meal would come from.

Jin­dela’s spirit of giv­ing back stretches out to ru­ral schools where she and col­league, Ba­balwa Mbuku, run a break­fast drive and do­nate por­ridge to schools. Jin­dela said it had come to her at­ten­tion that some of the chil­dren went to school on an empty stom­ach. “We de­cided to start this break­fast drive which will as­sist a child get through the morn­ing and be able to con­cen­trate in class un­til the next meal which is the school feed­ing scheme [dur­ing break],” she said. Be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the Mrs Africa 2017 pageant comes with hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, she said. She said win­ning the ti­tle would give her the op­por­tu­nity of rep­re­sent­ing her coun­try – and con­ti­nent – in­ter­na­tion­ally. It would also pro­mote her per­sonal brand as well as give her a plat­form from which to pro­mote her char­ity work.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to have my own foun­da­tion. Win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion will make that dream a re­al­ity,” Jin­dela said.

“To all the young girls and young women want­ing to build them­selves, they should never let any­one tell them they're not good enough.

“I had never thought I'd make it to the fi­nals of the Mrs Africa pageant but here I am, just one step closer to the crown. Be­lieve in your­self, do what your heart tells you to do and you can do it,” she said.

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HEPLING OTH­ERS: Mrs Africa 2017 fi­nal­ist Yonela Jin­dela has been do­ing char­ity work way be­fore she en­tered the pageant, and now has the plat­form to do more for those in need

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