Nicholas Mashiane (31) from eMbalenhle is ranking ninth among the top 25 finalists in this year’s Mr South Africa competition. He and a resident from Middelburg are the only Mpumalanga contestants.
This process artisan at Sasol and single father of a six year-old, is also a male model since 2012 and has no qualms to be in front of the cameras, being subjected to facials, grooming session or dressing up the latest fashion to make a turn on the catwalk.
He is equally comfortable in his cricket attire or gym clothes and loves to be involved in his community. The latest challenge that he and his co-contestants have to perform in their run for the Mr SA crown, is right in Nicholas’ comfort zone. The finalists are now in the midst of the 30-day random act of kindness challenge. These men are being given a daily hint as what they can use or do to show kindness. The contestants must post photos of themselves in the process of performing their daily random act of kindness.
From day one, Nicholas has decided to challenge himself in this task. “Simply buying something for someone is easy. To give something of yourself, your time and your labour, means so much more,” he told The Bulletin.
He came up with some ingenious ideas.
Day 1:Nicholas held his body car guard in the parking lot in front of the Sasol Gym. With the money he earned, he bought breakfast for the real car guards.
Day 2 : Nicholas joined the team of Let’s Keep It Clean as they cleaned up the park area around the Secunda Duck Pond.
Day 3: Nicholas was the personal driver and muscle man for a fruit seller known only as Ma Nkosi. She daily hauls oranges in a wheelbarrow to the spot where she sells them in eMbalenhle. This day Nicholas helped her load the oranges and transported Ms Nkosi and her oranges to and from the selling spot.
Day 7: (Tuesday, 12 July) Nicholas visited the eMbalenhle Clinic to give the staff foot massages.
Nicholas works shifts and time is often a constraint, but Nicholas will offer up sleep to complete his task. He is also very busy with other projects, such as mentoring and managing two hip hop artists, organising modelling pageants and scouting for new talent.
He spends a lot of time in the gym and following a healthy diet to keep in shape. “I believe in taking pride in your person and to be competitive.”
He hopes to win the competition as it will open doors to reach his personal dream of one day opening up a sewing academy in his home town.
To follow Nicholas’ activities and daily tasks, visit his Facebook page or the Bulletin’s Facebook page. He is also in need of sponsors.
Besides being judged on their performances, contestants are also reliant on public votes.
To vote for Nicholas, SMS the code MRSA009 to 47439. You can vote as many times as you want.