Rolene Strauss (Supplied/Miss South Africa)
Johannesburg - Miss World, Rolene Strauss will be handing over her crown at a star-studded ceremony in Sanya, China on Saturday.
It's the 65th annual Miss World pageant, where 121 contestants from around the globe will be competing for the coveted crown.
Rolene, who was a fourth year medical student at the time of her win, plans to return to university to continue her studies. She's also engaged and will be walking down the aisle in February 2016.
The Bloem beauty plans in opening a foundation next year, which will focus on health and education.
"We will host a yearly fundraiser that will support various causes already existing organisations that focus on health and education, as well as medical student bursaries for young South Africans.
"The statistics in our country breaks my heart. For every 100 South African students only 51 make it to senior year, only 40 graduate high school, only 16 qualify for university or college and, in the end, only two will graduate with a degree. We want to help change these statistics," she said.
Meanwhile, Miss SA Liesel Laurie has been in Sanya since November for the preliminary rounds of the pageant. She has made it to the top 25 and will feature in the choreographed dance section.