Mr South Africa semi-finalist has a heart of gold
“It’s not what I can do for myself, but what I can do for charity.”
These are the words of Jacob Bronkhorst, a model with Rampage Modeling Agency and one of the Top 50 semi-finalists in the prestigious Mr South Africa 2017 contest.
However, there is more to Jacob than runways and photoshoots. The 28-year-old Farrarmere resident is determined to make a difference in the lives of others.
Aside from showing his support for the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), Jacob is actively involved in his ‘Man-cave Project’, an initiative which he began on May 1, 2016. The Man-cave Project is aimed at helping men who have learning and physical disabilities.
Jacob, who started modeling when he was 21, said he got involved with Mr South Africa because he loves charity and wants to give something back.
The contest, which has been running since 1982, is focused on finding an ambassador for the country. The ideal candidate needs to embody the characteristics which define Mr South Africa – excellence, integrity, adventure, professionalism, competence and compassion.
Jacob certainly seems to fit the description and he believes he has the ability and passion to be a great ambassador for the country.
According to Jacob, a person doesn’t need to have a title to make a difference; all you need is a voice. However, with that said, he is hoping to win the coveted Mr South Africa title as he believes it will give him a larger platform so he can reach a wider audience with his voice and make a greater impact on the lives of others.
This is the first time Jacob has taken part in Mr South Africa and aside from putting in a lot of hard work, he has enjoyed the experience.
“Thank you to everyone – my parents, the public, journalists and all the people on the East Rand who have opened their hearts and showed support for the charities which I’m involved in.”
His advice to aspiring contestants: “Follow your heart, follow your dreams and never forget those who helped you along the way.”
Whether he is competing for Mr South Africa, helping those who are less fortunate, or assisting students with their studies, one thing is certain and that is Jacob’s heart is definitely in the right place.
The voting lines for Mr South Africa are open until the last Friday in October. The finals will take place in November.
If you would like to cast your vote for Jacob, simply SMS MRSA036 to 47439.
SMSes cost R3.
To see Jacob’s profile, visit www.mrsa.co.za