UKZN alumnus, businesswoman, wife and mother Andile Pieterson is a semi-finalist in the 2022 Mrs South Africa contest.
A qualified optometrist, Andile runs a service TwinsOnEyes with her twin sister Ayanda – also an optometrist – catering specifically for children at underprivileged schools.
‘We provide free glasses to children in need and also work with organisations such as the Hibiscus Coast Rotary Club on their health days offering eyecare services,’ said Andile.
Originally from Izotsha, Port Shepstone, she hopes through the Mrs South Africa contest to inspire young girls within her community and around the country, helping them realise that anything is possible and that their dreams can indeed come true.
Andile is now based in Ballito but often travels back to Port Shepstone as she owns another optometry practice there.
‘I am on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment having attended workshops featuring phenomenal women and life coaches who provide motivation and essential training for future endeavours,’ said Andile.
‘Being a semi-finalist from KwaZulu-Natal I am already an ambassador for my province. Mrs South Africa is not all about the pageant rather it is an organisation that focuses its energy on uplifting and empowering women.’
Words: Nombuso Dlamini