University of Johannesburg student Shandre Hoffman was crowned Miss UJ Varsity Cup in the final ceremony at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday.
The industrial sociology masters student received the top award, with Mohau Matinketsa the first princess and Mavelous Mhlanga the second princess.
Hoffman said she had entered the Miss UJ Varsity Cup contest as she was a strong advocate of social change.
“I feel it is our responsibility to help better the lives of those around us,” she said.
“Secondly, I think sport builds character to live by. It was through my own engagement in sport that I learnt the importance of teamwork. You are only as strong as your weakest link and I realised that it is beneficial to build up those around you.”
While her long-term ambition is to become a professor of sociology at the University of Johannesburg, Hoffman is already trying to make a difference.
“I have benefited immensely from the opportunities afforded to me by UJ,” she said.
“As a result, I have undertaken an outreach programme with the rural youth of the informal settlement of Weiler’s Farm.
“I take stationery and books to the youth, and share study tips with them in an effort to keep them in school so that one day they might be able to go to university and have an education that changes their lives, as it did mine.”
UJ Sport Events manager Niahm Faherty paid tribute to all 10 contestants in the competition.
“I am so proud of each and every one of these ladies,” she said. “They have gone above and beyond with community service and I could not be more proud.”