Nthabiseng Kgoronyane

Co-Founder, Kasi Alive Arts Production

Beauty is what is lifting Nthabiseng Kgoronyane from her small hometown of Kuruman in the Northern Cape, and she’s using her brains to ensure her success will continue well into the future. Kgoronyane (27) is also using her experience to help other youngsters to reach higher, by mentoring them to be good citizens as well as encouraging them to chase their goals.

In 2015 she won the Ms South Africa national pageant for women aged 25-55 with a passion for community development. She was also a finalist in the Top Model Africa 2016 competition, representing South Africa. That success saw her launch a beauty pageant for kids in her hometown, called Little Miss Kuruman.

“I founded the pageant to help young kids by mentoring them in public speaking and leadership skills and how to stand out and change the community,” she says. “In the school holidays I’m going to be mentoring five kids and they will represent the province in a national beauty pageant.”

She is the deputy chairperson of the non-profit organisation the Golden Hearts Foundation, and has partnered with various companies to raise money for its work. “We focus on assisting school kids with uniforms and we work on social issues happening in the community and finding solutions,” she says.

“In areas where young women don’t have sanitary towels we get businesses to sponsor and work with us to help the community.” She also helped to organise a concert and a fun walk to raise more money for the foundation.

Her community involvement started in 2001 when she and her school friends formed a community drama group called Ghetto Shine Arts Group, now known as Kasi Alive Arts Production, to keep young people off the street by giving them an interest in creating theatre. Kgoronyane holds a degree in journalism from the University of Johannesburg and her career has focused on words and marketing as well as beauty. She has been a brand ambassador for Isilumko Media, a news editor and freelance journalist for local newspapers, a sales executive and marketing manager at Kurara FM Community Radio Station, and she’s worked in sales and marketing for Bokamoso Impact Investment. She is also a blogger who combines her passion for modeling and writing poetry in her posts.

— Lesley Stones

Twitter: @kgoronyane_N