What is Mr South Africa?
Striving to find the perfect aspirational man; balanced in health, intelligence, passion, drive, ambition, attractiveness. A leader, to inspire and motivate. To act as a role model for boys and men to aspire to. To make a difference towards a better South Africa.
Not a “male model” but a “model male”
Excellence. Integrity. Adventure. Professionalism. Competence. Compassion. These are the characteristics that define Mr. South Africa. Mr. South Africa is a contest that looks to find an ambassador for South Africa; one that exhibits the qualities that set him apart from the average man. A man who has superior qualities, intelligence, commitment, good looks, and a healthy, fit physique. He must possess inner power and strength to be able to handle conflict and difficult situations in a professional manner. He must have a great personality and be fun loving with a balanced lifestyle.
This competition has been running since 1982 and some of our entrants include: Michael Moll (Top Billing presenter), Marcus Muller (Actor on Egoli), Dieter Voigt (Pasella presenter), Zino Ventura, (C.I.G.A.R.E.), Stephen Segal (Life’s a Journey presenter) and current Mr South Africa, John Owens.
Mr SA affords the opportunity to be at the forefront of fashion and health, attend SA’s finest social events, meet the who’s who of corporate SA and firmly establish themselves on the next rung of their life plan.
‘MEN OF HONOUR’ is more than just the theme or marketing slogan for the 2014 Mr South Africa competition. Being a Man of Honour is a philosophy that permeates through every thought, everything we say, everything we share, everything we do.
Being a Man of Honour is a philosophy that permeates through every thought, everything we say, everything we share, everything we do.
Being a Man of Honour is accepting a lifestyle that we not only have the ability but the duty to positively influence the lives of others – every day.
It is accepting our responsibility that we have a calling to definitively make a real and remarkable difference in the lives of those who need our guidance and direction the most.
It is accepting and respecting the rights of others, fighting for human dignity, standing up for social justice and appreciating the environment, that make us who we are.
It is accepting that accountability, care, respect, honesty, integrity and obligation to be a Man of Honour is what makes a true Mr South Africa.
Mr South Africa dream becomes a reality for Armand du Plessis
The highly anticipated crowing of Mr South Africa 2014 took place at a glittering ceremony on 28 January in Johannesburg, when Armand du Plessis took the prestigious title.
Du Plessis participated in twelve months of rigorous competition activities, along with an original 108 contestants, to evaluate their leadership and interpersonal skills. The programme included ten different monthly challenges, as well as a 100-day social media campaign and a Finalist Week.
Du Plessis successfully made the cut when the number of contestants were narrowed down to 25 and then to a top twelve. At the crowning ceremony, tensions ran high as seven more contestants were eliminated, leaving the final five: Morné Marais, Kruger Swart, Sibusiso Sibanda, Morné Emery and of course, du Plessis to await the judges’ final decision.
Roars of approval greeted the announcement that du Plessis had become the crown prince of South Africa’s young men as he had been a strong contender throughout the competition and became a firm public favourite. Du Plessis, who lives in Roodepoort and is a law graduate, says he was absolutely overwhelmed to hear his name announced as the ultimate winner. He was crowned by outgoing Mr South Africa 2013, John Owens.
CEO of Mr South Africa, Rudi Baker says the Mr South Africa competition is a platform to inspire young South African men to be the best they can be, to mould the contestants into role models and to choose one aspirational man to act as an ambassador and role model for men in South Africa for a year.
“The theme of this year’s competition was Men of Honour,” Baker adds. “It is much more than just a marketing slogan. Being a Man of Honour is all about a lifestyle that positively influences the lives of others every day and epitomises accountability, care, respect, honesty, integrity and obligation. Although the competition was stiff and any of the twelve contestants could have claimed the title, Armand is a worthy winner of the 2014 title. Throughout the competition he consistently demonstrated all these qualities and I’m very proud that he will represent South Africa for the next twelve months. I have no doubt that Armand will wear the title with distinction and with a real understanding of the power he now has to make a positive difference at many levels of our society.”
In addition to the right to be known as the epitome of modern South African youth, Armand has won an array of fabulous prizes amounting to over R500,000, which includes product from Bosch, shirts from Steinstrom, and six pairs of winter and six pairs of summer shoes from Anton Fabi.
He also receives a phone from HTC with accessories, a bungee jumping experience from Soweto Towers and private dance lessons from Fred Astaire. Solstice Day Spa will ensure that Mr SA looks his best, keeping his skin in tip top shape with facials and massages for the year of his reign, while Mr South Africa webmaster, Wikus Otto will design the winner his very own website.
Du Plessis receives R50,000 worth of DeskBags to donate to a school of his choice as part of his campaign to continue to uplift his local community.
He wins accommodation from Kurland Hotel in Plettenberg Bay, as well as accommodation from the Guvon Group of Hotels. And to ensure he reaches his destination on time and relaxed, FlySafair, South Africa’s first true low cost airline is giving him two return tickets each month of his reign. Brands Luv U will be ensuring that the new Mr South Africa always looks his best, and are giving him R100,000 worth of suits and casual wear. And finally, as the venue of the final event, EnGedi have given du Plessis the key to EnGedi which includes accommodation and unlimited access to the venue for photo shoots.
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100 Day Men of Honour challenge
“Mr South Africa has proved that ‘Men of Honour’ is not just a marketing slogan or a PR campaign, it is a way of life that has been adopted by our contestants. As part of their empowerment programme, our finalists have been sharing this message with schools, communities and with the general public through the press. It is our aim to make South Africa a better place by introducing the ‘Men of Honour’ philosophy to all boys and men across the country. To permeate this message even further so that ‘Men of Honour’ is adopted as a daily practice and a way of life, we have started a 100 Day Online Challenge. We invite you to engage with us by liking, commenting and sharing our messages and taking part in the daily challenges to help transform South Africa into a country where its people respect and treasure one another. Tell us, are you up for the challenge?”
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DAY 94 “Men of Honour shy away from gossip”
Day 94 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge asked how to show how we avoid and shy away from gossip. In this case, it’s simple, just don’t. Gossip is a very dangerous tool, that can not only create false perceptions of the person you’re talking about, but could, in most cases, come back to you. It’s a bad quality to carry. When you gossip you have intent or mindless, third party conversation to someone, about someone that isn’t able to defend themselves, whether it’s honest or not.
ALWAYS try and make sure that it is one of your sources of happiness never to desire knowledge of other people’s lives and business. Strong and educated minds will always find happiness in discussing ideas, average minds will discuss events and weak and selfish minds will find happiness in discussing people.
Your life would be no different if you walked away from gossip and verbal slander.
“Do not repeat anything you will not sign your name to.” #MrSouthAfrica
DAY 89 “Men of Honour work but stay humble”
A Man Of Honour is known for his humility. He knows when his confidence is necessary, and when it’s better to remain quiet.
On Day 89 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge we get this important message across to make sure you always work hard, go the extra mile with everything you do but YET remain humble in the process. With success, comes great opportunities that may lead you to develop a ego, become arrogant and lose sight of what it is you are here to do; NEVER allow that, remind yourself daily of how blessed you are, stay humble.
I believe a humble person is more concerned about what is right than about being right, about acting on good ideas than having good ideas and about recognising contribution, than being recognised! He is someone that is more concerned about building the team than praising himself.
It can be pretty hard to be humble, especially if you live in a society that encourages competition and individuality. It can be pretty hard to be humble, when you achieve success. It can be pretty hard to be humble, when you are recognised for your achievements and hard work.
Being humble is of utmost importance, and is something we can learn. Humility can help you develop more fully and enjoy richer relationships with others, as well as create opportunities and earn you respect.
I see myself as a humble person. Through the following points, and remembering myself about them on a daily basis, I believe I am kept humble no matter what success I may achieve.
These points are:
1. Admit that you’re not the best at everything, or anything! No matter how talented you are, there is almost always somebody who can do something better than you! Look to those who are better and consider the potential for improvement. Nobody is the best at something.
2. Life is a learning school, through which I learn every day. It is important to recognise your own faults. We judge others because it’s a lot easier than looking at ourselves. Unfortunately, it’s also completely unproductive and, in many cases, harmful. By judging people, it prevents us from trying to improve ourselves. Everybody makes mistakes. Accept yourself for this.
3. Be grateful for what you have. You might have graduated from your University / School at top of your grade. You definitely deserve a lot of credit for the many hours of studying and for your perseverance. Consider though, that there is someone just as intelligent and hardworking as you who had less supportive parents, grew up in a different place, or just made one wrong choice in life. You could be in their position instead!
Keep your head down. Work hard! Stay humble. ALWAYS. #MrSouthAfrica
DAY 80 “Men of Honour raise their standards not their fists”
If at anytime you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. Change what you demand of yourself. Write down all the things you would no longer accept in your life, all the things you would no longer tolerate, and all the things that you aspire to become. Today, on Day 80 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge, is about rather raising ones standards, instead of ones fist…
One of the greatest things about standards is that there are so many to choose from. You can become an even more excellent person by constantly setting higher and higher standards for yourself and then by doing everything possible to live up to those standards.
In life we will often be tested, from our jobs, friends, family, and partners, we may be pushed to our limits; always remember whatever situation you find yourself in, know that you are capable of far more than reacting in a way that you may regret later, keep your voice down, NEVER raise your fist, and think about the standards you have set for yourself.
MY commitment to my life and heart is to continuously look at my life, reevaluate it from time to time, allowing myself to set higher goals and standards. Let us be about setting higher standards for love, life and creativity. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness, happiness and contentment. Setting standards make every day worth looking forward to. #MrSouthAfrica
DAY 79 “Men of Honour are tactful”
Day 79 of the Mr. South Africa 100 Day Men Of Honour Challenge is about being tactful and the importance, as well as reasoning behind possessing over this extraordinary quality…
An opportunity and privilege such as being a Man Of Honour and potentially also a Mr. South Africa will allow for one to be involved in different situations, where we might have to communicate painful or sensitive information at some point on this journey. Another quality, highlighted on the 100-Day Challenge is always being truthful, we should always think about how we do it. Tact allows us to be honest, while respecting another person’s feelings.
This might sound very obvious, but do we really know what Tact is?
Having tact is the ability to tell the truth in a way that considers other people’s feelings and reactions. It allows you to give difficult feedback, communicate sensitive information, and say the right thing to protect and reserve a relationship.
Tact incorporates many things, including emotional intelligence, respect, carefulness, self-awareness, thoughtfulness, compassion, sensitivity, honesty and courtesy.
Tact is important in the following ways:
Firstly, tact is important when you have to be the bearer of bad news or provide critical feedback, whether in personal or professional situations. Next, communicating tactfully strengthens your reputation and builds your credibility, not only to the party involved, but those you may have future dealings with. It allows you to preserve existing relationships and build new ones. A tactful approach shows character, maturity and integrity.
Tact also demonstrates good manners. If you can communicate with kindness and consideration, you’ll stand out from the crowd, and you’ll get noticed for all the right reasons.
Finally, tact can help you to avoid conflict and find common ground. It can therefore be an important asset in negotiations and in conflict resolution.
When we communicate tactfully, we can preserve relationships, build credibility, and demonstrate thoughtfulness.
I believe, no matter in what situation you might end up in, you should always act tactfully and communicate efficiently. #MrSouthAfrica
DAY 75 “Don’t wait for the perfect moment, they make the moment perfect”
Day 75 was all about making the moment perfect as opposed to waiting for the perfect moment.
One of our Top 25 contestants, Armand du Plessis spent the morning with the kids at Emthonjeni and here’s what he had to share about making moments perfect:
This slogan might sound very familiar to you! This is indeed the slogan of the Coca Cola Company. This morning, this is exactly what I wanted to achieve, to not only open happiness, but to also share it. I had the opportunity to visit the Emthonjeni Community Centre, situated in the Zandspruit Informal Settlement where I have promised for a lot of happiness in about 16 children’s lives. I visited this Centre earlier this year, as part of the Mr. South Africa Blanket Drive Project.
Since 2002, Emthonjeni has been privileged to work with devoted, high calibre local volunteers and leaders. They have their roots deep within the community they serve, believing that all people, no matter what age, race, gender, social and economic position or abilities, have opportunities to contribute to society and promote social upliftment. Their vision is to bring hope to communities for sustainable living through educational, medical care and social services.
As I arrived at the Centre this morning, these beautiful 16 children, between the ages of 3 and 12, were playing at the Centre. They didn’t expect me coming but clearly made the moment perfect. I hope I have made their moment even more perfect through this small gesture, which was appreciated by all of them.
This is Day 75 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge; WE don’t wait for the perfect moment, but make every moment perfect.
DAY 73 “Uplift society by being the example”
Men Of Honour know that charity begins at home…
On Day 73 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge, we know that as much as being involved in the upliftment of our local communities is a responsibility, a passion and a long term vision, we are also equally committed to the upliftment of their own families.
You must have heard the phrase “Charity Starts At Home” before, but what does this exactly mean. To me, this means that you should take care of family and people close to you before you worry about helping others. We all strive to make a positive difference in other peoples lives, in our immediate environment and community, but it is just as important to take care of those who we call our family. This can also, furthermore, be interpreted that our children need to learn about charity in the home.
I aspired to get this message across today as I have spent some quality time with my nephew, and took part in his “Go-Kart Day” at his Primary School earlier. Through this, I am sure I made my family feel loved and appreciated today. I challenge you to do the same.
Charity begins at home but should not end there…
DAY 70 “Commit to positively impact those around you”
This morning, on Day 70 of the Mr South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge, it has been an early start to my day.
Being a night owl, that loves my sleep, I could’ve easily complained this morning; which might have caused for the rest of my day to also continue on that note. Instead, I decided to rather start the day with a positive mindset, which will cause for the rest of my day to continue on this note too. I have once again realised that morning is definitely the most beautiful time of day.
This time of day is an important time of your day ahead, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have, it paves the way for great possibilities.
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day COUNT.
DAY 67 “Know that it costs nothing to change a life”
Today’s challenge asked the contestants to make a change in the life of someone else.
Three of our top 25 contestants, Jaco Gerrits, Armand du Plessis and Morne Marais spent the morning with Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa packing meals.
Armand du Plessis shared: “World Food Day was celebrated earlier this week and today, on Day 67 of the Mr. South Africa Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge, I will be joining Clearwater Mall to pack 40 000 meals to END hunger in Southern Africa!
Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa is a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009.
Their vision is a Southern Africa without hunger, and their mission is transformation through education. Educating donors, beneficiaries, volunteers and suppliers about the role they play in eradicating child hunger. Donated food is used to stimulate and encourage measurable results in Early Childhood Development centres.
– Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
– Stunted mental & physical growth (caused by malnourishment) in the first 1000 days of life is mostly irreversible
– 3.165 million children in South Africa suffer from household hunger
Their focus is on reaching the most vulnerable hungry: children, specifically those who attend pre-schools, or Early Childhood Development. According to the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, over 3 million children under the age of 17 are food insecure. In addition to this, the World Food Programme’s “1000 day window” study on the irreversible effects of malnutrition for children in their infancy has resulted in the design of the Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa Hunger Eradication Programme.
Today, we managed to change the lives of 40 000 others. It costs NOTHING to change a life. No one should EVER have to go hungry. #StopHungerNow”
DAY 14 “Push their boundaries”
On Day 14 of the Mr South Africa 2014 Men Of Honour 100 Day Challenge, the 25 Finalists stepped out of their comfort zones, pushed their boundaries and in this process changed the lives of those around them.
I would like to encourage everyone to move out of their comfort zone, even if it is just for one day; we all have so much more potential on the inside. Today, I was challenged to go out of my comfort zone, it worked; and to be honest, there is nothing more satisfying. It’s important to note and realise that during these times, you are far outside of your element that you experience yourself the most.
I had a reason for what I did today; we go on each day, living our lives, driving to school, work, living within our boundaries, we pass the unknown, a life, a person that we see every day, each of them has a story to tell, a family to look after, a life to live. I lived past this comfort of mine today and allowed a stranger into my personal space, but by allowing myself to extend outside of my comfort zone, I helped him.
I allowed Thabo into my personal space today. I drive past him every day in Brooklyn, Pretoria, but today, I went beyond my comfort zone and didn’t drive past him, rather reaching out to assist him.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone…”
DAY 11 “Build people up instead of putting them down”
Both of these men are very talented and gifted and have the right attitude to achieve great success in life, they’re both driven by positivity, fueled with only the best intentions; and to make those that they’ve chosen to have around them happy.
They’ve always been of the greatest support to me and aspire to follow in my footsteps in the future with Mr. South Africa! You will always find some people that no matter what you do or say – they’re never going to get it and they’re never to change. But every once in a while, you’ll be introduced to someone who is eager to listen, eager to learn, and willing to try new things. Those are the people you need to watch out for. Look out for these two men, full of dreams and aspirations.
“Mentoring is sharing life’s experiences and God’s faithfulness”
DAY 1 “Do not abuse women and children”
“Time and love are the two most important things I enjoy sharing with my little nephew, Jeauvan. We use TIME together to share in each other’s interests, we use LOVE to bring those interests together, and in turn, it creates magic moments like this one. He has been an inspiration to me in realising that it is important for us all to remember that time is short and the essence of being and joy is giving back to those who support us and who we love. Small acts of kindness go a long way in showing those special to us just how much we value them by putting them and their needs above our own. Whether it is kicking a ball around or rolling around on the carpet, memories spent with those we love can never be replaced or lost. It’s often the smallest things that take the most room in your heart.”