Jaco van der Merwe

Name:
Jaco van der Merwe

Age:
24

Hometown:
Pretoria

Language:
Afrikaans and English

High School:
Hoërskool Garsfontein

High University / College:
University of Pretoria and University of Stellenbosch

Job description:
I’m a junior internal auditor at KPMG

Favourite Quote:
Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.

Favourite Food:
Pizza and Doritos chips

Hobbies:
I’m a huge sport fanatic, so I always find myself doing some sort outdoor activity in my spare time. I recently started mountain biking, I’m totally hooked. Every opportunity I get, I’ll go and explore new tracks
I also like to spend time with friends and family, having a braai and enjoying a beer or two.
Short description about yourself: I’m a goal driven, hardworking individual that lives life to the fullest. I truly believe in the process of self-discovery and self– improvement and therefore enjoy new challenges and seek opportunities to work outside my comfort zone.

What will your contribution be if you should become MR. South Africa:
As an ambassador of South Africa, in general, I would like to inspire South Africans on all levels of society to live in such a way that they make a difference in the lives of all the people with whom they are in contact with every day. Constant small tweaks brought about in the behaviour of people on a daily basis can create a wave of positivity in our society, changing the culture in our beloved country.

More specifically I would like to contribute to issues close to my heart such as underprivileged children, sport and animals. I would love to get involved with campaigns that provide these kids with the opportunity to participate in sport events and sport days. As an animal lover, I would like to bring awareness to campaigns that are involved in animal welfare (providing shelter for abandoned animals, adoption programmes, animal abuse etc.)

What qualities should a MR. South Africa title holder have:
The title holder of Mr South Africa should be the “complete package” and a well-balanced individual. It’s someone that is filled with humbled confidence and a leader that are capable of motivating and inspiring people to be the best versions of themselves.

Ultimately, Mr South Africa should be an ambassador of his country and a role model to the general public.