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Meet Miss South Africa 2017: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

first_imgThe 21 year-old business management student Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at a ceremony at Sun City on 26 March 2017. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (centre) has been crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at a ceremony at Sun City on 26 March 2017. Adè van Heerden (left) and Boipelo Mabe (right) were crowned first and second princesses respectively. (Image: Miss South Africa, Instagram)CD AndersonThe new Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who hails from Cape Town, takes over from last year’s winner Ntandoyenkosi Kunene. The country’s most prestigious beauty pageant title’s prizes is valued at over R3-million, including a R1-million cash prize, making it one of the world’s richest pageant contests.Adè van Heerden and Boipelo Mabe were crowned first and second princesses respectively.For the first time in the history of the pageant, the public voted via SMS for their favourite semi-finalists. It contributed 25% of the overall final vote.The pageant’s judging panel consisted of some of the country’s best known names and trendsetters, including actor and businessman Maps Maponyane, radio personality Unathi Msengana, Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and former Miss South Africa winner Claudia Henkel.Judges agreed that Nel-Peters come out on top largely due to her response to the question session. The same question, chosen from hundreds of submissions from the public via Facebook, was asked to the Top 5: “What is the greatest fear you had to overcome to be where you are today?”Nel-Peters answered: “The fear of fear itself. We forget that we are only human and that everything you need to achieve greatness is already inside of you.”Semi-finalists for the pageant were chosen over the last few months through a series of interviews, photo sessions and tasks relevant to the work of the nation’s queen.Other highlights of the live pageant included a display of the contestants’ fashion collaboration with University of Johannesburg design students, and live performances by music stars Lira and Lebo M (who performed the song Circle of Life before the announcement of the overall winner).South African hip hop star Proverb hosted the event alongside media personality Lalla Hirayama.In accordance with the pageant’s platform, the holder of the Miss South Africa title represents the ideals and attributes of the modern South African woman – focused and committed to the empowerment of women and protection of children, and to be a responsible representative of all South Africans.During her reign, Miss South Africa will go on to represent South Africa at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. In addition to those highlights, Nel-Peters will also be involved in promotional and charity work, largely drawing attention to a number of local non-governmental organisations that work with the underprivileged, including women and children.The newly crowned Miss South Africa will also make appearances both locally and internationally, representing the country at various high profile events.Watch an interview with Miss South Africa 2017 right after her crowning: Source: News24, Miss South Africa website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Biodiesel industry well positioned for 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 National Biodiesel Conference and Expo took place this week, bringing together industry leaders and innovators from around the world.“It has been a very interesting three days here. We ran into people from Israel, Canada, Australia, Austria — there are a lot of new people, new thoughts and new technology here this year to benefit and contribute to biodiesel,” said Jerry Bambauer, with the Ohio Soybean Association. “We have got to be proud of the National Biodiesel Board and the contributions they have made to agriculture and to our country. There are so many things we discovered here that will be good to take back to the state of Ohio.”The NBB has plenty to celebrate moving into 2016.“The industry feels like we are really positioned well for a great 2016. We had some major policy achievements at the end of 2015, including the extension of the biodiesel tax incentive and higher levels in the RFS volumes. We are excited for a great year,” said Anne Steckel, vice president of government affairs with NBB. “We have spent a lot of time educating politicians about the importance of biodiesel. We feel like we have broad bipartisan support all around the country and we are going to continue to work with our elected officials on the benefits of biodiesel. We have also done a lot of outreach on our technical side to auto manufacturers and now several states have volume requirements of 10% biodiesel blends or above. That really positions us for expanded growth in the biodiesel industry.”And while the food versus fuel debate continues in some circles, the reality is that biodiesel complements the production of both food and fuel.“Soybean oil is a co-product and when we grow enough protein from soybeans to feed the world, we get more fat than we can eat and that is what we use for making biodiesel,” said Don Scott, with NBB. “Fat is nature’s way of storing energy. The solar energy is concentrated in the fats and it works great for transportation fuel just like it does in our body. The human body requires a specific ratio of calories from fats, carbohydrates and proteins. We get a lot of our protein from meat but that protein all originally comes from plants. All of the plants we harvest for food have relatively small amounts of protein relative to the energy they store in carbohydrates and fat. When we grow enough protein to feed humans we get more fat and carbohydrates as a byproduct of that and it makes perfect sense to use that solar energy to displace fossil fuels.”Roughly half of U.S. biodiesel is made from soybean oil, while the other 50% is made from several other feedstocks, including animal fats, recycled cooking oil, and other vegetable oils like canola.“With biodiesel, we have developed a market for some of those waste products and turned them into something useful,” Scott said. “We set a record again in 2015 using just over 2 billion gallons of biodiesel across the country. Most of it is blended into diesel in 5% up to 25% blends. The engine manufacturers are supporting this blend and it works well in engines. It is made right here in the U.S from a variety of feedstocks and we can support 60,000 U.S. jobs and generate $17 billion in economic activity.”According to NBB CEO Joe Jobe, the biodiesel numbers from 2015 “show without question that the Renewable Fuel Standard is delivering significant volumes of Advanced Biofuel to the American people.”Jobe compared the biodiesel industry to an underdog in a fight.“Last year the biodiesel industry demonstrated more than ever that no matter how beat up we are, no matter how outgunned we are, we don’t back down,” Jobe said. “We came together like never before. We stayed true to our principles in the face of deceitful attacks and we achieved the success necessary to put us back on track.”In addition, the Vehicle Showcase at the event brought a welcome announcement that Peterbilt and Kenworth manufacturer, PACCAR Inc., now approves of B20 biodiesel in 100% of its vehicles, old and new. This announcement means that over 100,000 new trucks are joining the biodiesel ranks, traveling over 12 billion miles year round.last_img read more

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