An Electrical Engineering student with a passion for charity work has been selected as a finalist in the Miss Universities South Africa pageant.
Third-year student Pauline Marere is one of 19 finalists in the competition and the winner will be crowned in East London in September.
Twenty-three-year-old Marere has thus far been the most popular contestant in terms of public votes.
She says she entered the competition because it brought her love for modelling and her passion for charity work together.
The contestants are required to participate in charity campaigns, including blanket collections.
“The blankets that I have collected will go to the victims of the fire earlier this year in Hout Bay,” she says.
Marere, who is originally from Zimbabwe, has been doing charity work since she was in her first year of studies at CPUT
Her charity work includes cooking for the homeless and providing them with clothes and blankets provided by students.
She also visits orphanages during holidays.
Her charity work and progress in the competition has seen her being featured in the local press, including the Cape Argus.
To vote for Marere go to http://pageantvote.es/pageants/113/contestants/400.
Voting closes on June 30.