Miss Earth South Africa 2015 is crowned at Tsogo Sun

Miss Earth South Africa 2015 – Carla Viktor – takes a big step into a more environmentally friendly year following her crowning today, Thursday 10 September, at Tsogo Sun’s Rosa venue at the Palazzo at Montecasino. Together with the Miss Earth South Africa leadership development programme, Tsogo Sun is helping to deliver the message of personal responsibility towards our planet through a collaborative partnership aimed at raising environmental awareness for a greener future.

Fair Trade SA's Nivashnee Naidoo, Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, Miss Earth 2015 Carla Viktor, Candy Tothill GM of Corporate Affairs Tsogo Sun and HR Director Vusi Dlamini from Tsogo Sun
Fair Trade SA’s Nivashnee Naidoo, Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, Miss Earth 2015 Carla Viktor, Candy Tothill GM of Corporate Affairs Tsogo Sun and HR Director Vusi Dlamini from Tsogo Sun

“The Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme empowers young South African women with knowledge about environmental sustainability and provides a powerful platform for them so that they can serve as positive role models to the younger generation.  We are delighted to congratulate the new Miss Earth South Africa as she takes the reigns and continues leading this good work,” comments Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s General Manager: Corporate Affairs, who heads up the partnership with Miss Earth. “The partnership enables Tsogo Sun to extend our reach outwards into the communities who most need this type of education so that they are equipped with the understanding to help them behave more responsibly towards the environment.”

Carla Viktor
Carla Viktor

Miss Earth is crowned annually and is committed to raising awareness among South Africans for environmentally sustainable communities through tree-planting, recycling, energy efficiency and carbon-conscious lifestyle choices. Tsogo Sun will continue its support of Miss Earth throughout the year’s activities.

Catherine Constantinides, National Director of Miss Earth South Africa, says Miss Earth is proud to call Tsogo Sun home for the fourth year running and that the partnership is contributing to growth and efficiency in the programme’s development. “Our vision is to create a positive and lasting change in corporate and social behaviour by addressing environmental, water, energy, conservation and sustainability issues, and by building communities and networks based on the principles of sustainability and human development – and Tsogo Sun contributes to this vision.”

Through its partnership with the Miss Earth South Africa ambassadors, Tsogo Sun has enabled nearly 19 000 school children to be reached and educated, planted close to 700 trees, established and maintained about 60 vegetable gardens and delivered close to 8 000 stationery packs to South African learners.

Tsogo Sun’s Environmental Management Programme has been making a steady impact over the years as the group strives to improve its green consciousness and reduce its carbon footprint.  Far-reaching initiatives that reduce the impact that the business has on the environment and encourages guests and employees to embrace greener behaviour have been introduced. “The sustainability of our business practices and our communities is core to our strategy. There is no doubt that the next generation of consumers are more aware of the impact that their behaviour has on the environment. Through our partnership with Miss Earth we aim to further educate and change the behaviour of the youth, by profiling the environmental awareness of their peers who are credible ambassadors,” concludes Vusi Dlamini, Tsogo Sun’s Group HR Director.

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. For further information, visit tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun

About Tsogo Sun 

Tsogo Sun is the leading hotels, gaming and entertainment company in South Africa, providing a variety of hospitality and exciting entertainment and leisure experiences. Combining an established heritage with a professional and energised approach, the group proudly encompasses 14 casinos and over 90 hotels in South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

The company’s hospitality interests offer a wide distribution of hotels in Africa, providing world-class accommodation across all markets, including elegant, individually branded luxury hotels and well-known trusted market leaders in the premier through budget segments, including Southern Sun Hotels, Garden Court, SunSquare, StayEasy and SUN1 hotels.

The exciting urban and resort casino portfolio includes the most popular entertainment destinations, strategically located throughout South Africa. In the Gauteng province, Tsogo Sun owns the group’s flagship property, Montecasino in Fourways, which features, amongst other attractions, the award-winning Teatro; Gold Reef City Casino and Theme Park in Southern Johannesburg; and Silverstar Casino to the West in Krugersdorp. Additional properties are owned and operated in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, including the jewel on Durban’s Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment.

Tsogo Sun Citizenship is the group’s corporate citizenship strategy which encompasses three areas of focus. This includes Corporate Social Investment, whereby the group promotes the development of learners through three academies which offer holistic, full-year programmes centred around sport, art and education; Entrepreneur Development which focuses on skills-based entrepreneurial development through its Tsogo Sun Book a Guesthouse and Supplier Development programmes; and Environmental Education, committed to initiatives that reduce the impact the business has on the environment.

Tsogo Sun (“TSH”) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  The key shareholders of Tsogo Sun are Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (“HCI”), a JSE listed investment holding company.

Tsogo Sun Gaming supports the National Responsible Gambling Programme. Winners know when to stop.  Only persons over the age of 18 are permitted to gamble. National Problem Gambling counselling toll-free helpline: 0800 006 008.

For more information go to tsogosun.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TsogoSun or like us on Facebook /TsogoSun

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