Homba Mazaleni

I’ve seen how much positive influence a person can make when they become a part of the Miss South Africa family. Its inspirational how much these women achieved, especially when it comes to the social causes they advocate for. I want to be a part of that. I want to build on my ideas and meet people who will remodel the way that I think. Miss South Africa is a tool that is used to change and better the lives of communities around South Africa. I would use this platform to bring light to the current state of accessibility of health and wellness in low-income areas. The most important concept for me coming into this competition is being a social servant. Access to health in South Africa has always been difficult, especially for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. I’ve experienced it first-hand where a misdiagnosis led to the untimely death of a beloved family member. Where you live shouldn’t determine the quality of care you receive and should have no bearing on the healthcare workers you have access to.

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As a proud Xhosa, my journey has been shaped by the wisdom of my grandad, who nurtured my growth in cultural spaces. With L'Oreal, I not only walk my worth, but also honor the heritage that defines me. Embracing my boldness and expansiveness, I emerge as a reflection of my roots, a testament to the transformative power of self-expression.

Homba Mazaleni
What qualities should a woman possess to make a notable difference in the world?

The most important attributes are the ability to engage selflessly with community, be passionate about what you're doing and be able to put yourself in someone else's situation and listen to what is being said. Being passionate about what you're doing is difficult and tiring, but when you have love for what you're doing it fuels you to continue.

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What do you think is the biggest problem facing young people today?

Speaking from my own observations of South African youth, it would be the generations of economic inequality which affects access to fundamental resources such as quality of health care and education, slowing down the progress of our black youth.

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Who are your local and international female role models and why?

Locally, Lethsego Zulu because she’s got a lot of empathy, has lived a full inspirational life, uses movement and exercise as a tool to better her community and sometimes runs and bikes for charity. Internationally, Serena Williams because she is such a champion. Her mindset and determination has been incredible to witness.

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What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?

Own who you are and walk into every situation society had deemed not for you and be expansive. You are as big and as bold as every dream you’ve had.

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