Miss World visits her prison veggie garden

Inmates maintain the garden, which aids both their rehabilitation and feeds local school children.

Miss World Rolene Strauss visits Leeuwkop Correctional Centre on 25 March 2015. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Miss World Rolene Strauss has returned to South Africa as part of her global Beauty With a Purpose campaign.

On Wednesday she visited Leeuwkop Correctional Centre, near Bryanston, carrying on with an ambitious vegetable garden project she started during her reign as Miss South Africa.

Inmates maintain the garden which aids both their rehabilitation and gives them a skill, while the produce feeds previously disadvantaged learners at a nearby school.

Strauss said, "I was thrilled to see how well the project has done and what a difference it has made to many people, from the people involved in planting and harvesting the garden to all those who benefit from what was grown.

She added that the project would not only 'give' individuals fish, but teach them how to fish.

"Health, quality education and energy to work hard and reach your dreams are the fruits of balanced and good nutrition."

Strauss's visit to South Africa is also set to focus on Sun Star, a Sun International programme which focuses on helping disadvantaged communities.

She was named Miss World at a glittering ceremony in London in December 2014.