Reitumetse Makwea

I want to be remembered as the one who made a difference out there.

Newly crowned Miss Earth, Nompumelelo Maduna celebrates Spring Day during an event at the Thaba Eco Hotel in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, 1 September 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

I want to be remembered as the one who made a difference out there. It’s one thing to say climate change is happening or unemployment is increasing, I want action.” Big words from Nompumelelo Maduna, Miss Earth SA 2021 – and you somehow believe the 26 year old will achieve exactly that if you look at her track record. Raised in Rockville, Soweto, by a family of strong women after her father’s death, she not only advocates women empowerment with a passion, but has made “boss moves” with her Maduna Foundation, to help young people who want careers that do...