Pinky Ketswaretswe Mpho Leah Junior Mokwena is the girl with many names and also Miss Earth South Africa 2018 Semi Finalists and a student at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).
She was born in Atteridgeville and later moved to Ga Motle Village in the North West.
She completed her matric at a local school at Molebatsi High School in 2010 at Ga-Motle and went on to study for a National Diploma in Environmental Sciences and in May 2018 graduated top of her class for a Baccalaureus Technologiae Degree in Environmental Sciences “Cum Laude” at the TUT.
She is the only child of and was raised by her grandparents after her mother passed on when she was eight and the father not being present in her life.
Despite her unusual family tree, her grandparents adored her and encouraged her to dream as big as she could, and taught her that if a dream was met, she should dream more.
Her grandmother is now late leaving her grandmother to be the wind beneath her wings. “She helps me brainstorm, and is a glamorous queen who forms part of my personal style squad.
“She is one of those people that are larger than life, and are authentically fearless and grounded and has taught me to be the same in my own right,” she said.
Her Ms Earth South Africa journey began when she decided to apply to be a part of the 2018 Program in early April 2018.
Contrary to the typical structure of pageants, Ms. Earth SA seeks to empower the young girls that apply to be a part of the program throughout the country. The girls are encouraged and enabled to be more involved in their communities, and be a part of bringing about change. This is how they are judged and the competence of the girls’ competence as Ms Earth Ambassadors are measured according to this criteria.
The contestant’s main theme of responsibility is centred around Environmental Advocacy and promoting Sustainable living on Earth.
As soon as my application form was processed and accepted, the participants were assigned with the responsibility of being part of several Environmental initiatives within different communities. She got to be a part of the #TswelopeleCampaign by the City of Tshwane and also the office of the Mayor on 2 June 2018 involved her in the World Environment Day, centred on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.
This was followed by another project with the City of Johannesburg in collaboration with Pikitup where the ambassadors conducted an Environmental Clean-Up with the learners of Greyville Primary School in Lenasia on the 5th June 2018, also for World Environment Day.
“We, as Ms. Earth, believe that we need to get our hands dirty in order to leave an impact in our communities,” she said.
On 06 June 2018, together with the current Ms Earth Air South Africa, Pinky hosted an
Environment Day show on Impact Radio in Tshwane to highlight the significance of “Beating Plastic Pollution” and the practical ways to do so.
On 12 June 2018, she got to conduct her own Environmental clean-up project with a school from her village, Motlhana Primary School, where she got to work with learners from grade two to six.
“The learners of Motlhana Primary School showed such leadership qualities as I have never seen before, and their eagerness to “Beat Plastic Pollution” has shown me that indeed, we CAN be the change we desire to see in the world,” she said.
“After my presentation on the significance of Ms Earth’s main mission, ‘Waste Stops With Me’, we took to the fields together with the learners, teachers and councillors, cleaning up the school and surrounding areas.
She said her motivation comes from the African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” As an Environmental Scientist and Public Speaker, she always seeks ways to bridge the gap between environmental conservation and the public’s response to environmental issues.
“Ms Earth is a platform that offered the opportunity to reconcile these two stances, and that was my biggest motivation for applying to be a part of the programme”.
Her role model is Ms Catherine Constantinides – Director of Ms. Earth South Africa, One Day Leader South Africa (SABC 1) Judge and Global Environmental Activist. Her passion for Environmental Advocacy and empowering young women is what aspire Pinky to be one day.
As Ms Earth, they are taught to respect, love and appreciate each other as young women.
“Ms Earth Environmental Education Director, Ms Ella Bella, always says, girls compete, but women empower, and as a result, whenever we come together with my fellow Earth sisters, our gatherings are always marked by love, laughter and a whole lot of living large.
“I also love that we get to build into the lives of our country’s future leaders. Whenever we visit a school, and we work with young kids, it is almost as if we are sending messages to the future through them. And that is pretty fulfilling,” she said.
Recently in June she was part of the Impacted Drive by Night with Impact Radio and ISUZU, to raise funds to buy Bomber jackets for the homeless people in the City.
Over 500 jackets were and delivered to different shelters on the 15th June 2018.
She also participated in the Graduates Walk Team in Ga-Motle to host the first ever Open Day at Ga-Motle community Library, under the mission of “Passing on the Baton to make education fashionable”.
She also partnered with The Peculiar Nest: Preserving, Restoring and Maintaining Purity, a young girls Non-Profit Organisation for their annual youth camp, to which she serve in the task team and as a group facilitator
In her message to the youth she said, “You are just the right amount. Your quirks, your perks and all your flaws are what make you specifically unique, you-niche as I call it. Believe in your light, and let it precede you. You have everything it takes to make your dreams come true
Miss Earth Online Community”.
Ms. Earth SA has various social media platforms such as:
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Phone: 011 680 6650
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