UKZN Student Crowned Miss Varsity Shield
UKZN masters student, 22-year-old Miss Mbalenhle Ngidi of Durban, was all smiles this week after being crowned Miss Varsity Shield.
Charismatic and hard working, Ngidi said her drive and compassion for the community stemmed from a ‘fast-tracked childhood’ caused by the loss of both her parents by the time she was just 12. A burning desire to help others gave her the will and the strength to soldier on in those difficult times.
Demonstrating how she was always up for a challenge, she enrolled in a male dominated field at UKZN - the Built Environment - where she is studying Town and Regional Planning and is also serving as Deputy President of the Enactus organisation on Howard College Campus.
Enactus is a community of students, academics and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world.
Ngidi says she likes being referred to as ‘the biggest rugby ambassador’, as she is an avid rugby fan and a supporter of fair play in the game. She is also right behind the University’s rugby team, the UKZN Impi, in its campaign against the abuse of women.
‘During my term as Miss Varsity Shield I aim to help ignite a sense of sustainability and independence in the organisation our Impi team works with in the field of women abuse, the Jes Foord Foundation.’
Asked how she found time to meet all her many commitments she said ‘when a person puts their mind towards an idea or interest everything just falls in place. Time seems to find its way around you,’ she added.