The confident, beautiful and charismatic Lisanne Lazarus is flying the Durban University of Technology (DUT) flag high as one of the contestants on the new season of the Tropika Island Of Treasure-Season 8, currently airing on SABC 3.
The former Miss DUT 2015 is making strides in the modelling world as well as the entertainment industry and aims to use her fame and success to promote her charity organisation. Apart from being Miss DUT, Lazarus has achieved many accolades such as being the former Miss eThekwini 2014, Miss SA Campus-1st Princess 2016, Miss Mamelodi Sundowns SA-2nd Princess and Gateway’s brand ambassador.
Lazarus has also opened her own non-profit organisation (NGO) called the Lindokuhle Creche.
She started the organisation when she was still Miss eThekwini. According to Lazarus,the reason for establishing her organisation is that she grew up near a remote area where she was exposed to shack fires. “One day a five-year-old boy called Lindokuhle, died in a shack fire because he was home alone as his parents had nowhere to leave him,” she said. This was her reason for opting to start this non-profit organization in his honour. “I started my own day-care centre where parents can go out and seek employment knowing that their children are safe and are learning at the same time,” she added.
Lazarus joined the current season of Tropika Island Of Treasure-Season 8 (TIOT) and is making her mark. Although Lazarus never had any intention of auditioning for the show, fate had dictated that she was destined for it.
“I have always known about TIOT, however, it didn’t really strike me to enter. I was completing my Work Integrated Learning (WIL)at Gateway Theatre of Shopping as the head of communications and one of the jobs was to attend the TIOT8 auditions that took place at Gateway and just cover it on social media. Whilst being there, I was encouraged by promoters and my superiors to enter. So I did, but for fun,” she chuckled.
Not thinking too much of it, Lazarus said when her number was called, she was busy working so she had missed her turn. When she enquired to the TIOT8 team they said they had written her off because she was not available but they did allow her into the interview process. She completed two interviews and spent almost a month waiting for the outcome.
Last year in October 2017, she received the call that she had been selected to be part of the show. “I’m super excited to be on the show. Viewers can expect a lot of fun and laughter. Plenty of swimwear, but most of all, they will see the real me and just expect the unexpected,” she said excitedly.
Being an ambassador, Lazarus said as an individual she had to grow up and mature before many people her age. “Career-wise, I have met a lot of influential people who are in the career that I would love to pursue. Everything that
I do I have to constantly think about my reputation and what I’d like people to refer to me as and that is a brand. I have learnt good work ethics and how to handle pressure. I have also gained a thick skin and a strong mind,” she said.
Lazarus completed her National Diploma in Journalism at DUT and graduates in April 2018.
She aims to register for her Bachelor of technology degree (Btech) in Public Relations Management, as she believes having formal qualifications is crucial in enhancing her growth in her career as well.
Pictured: Lisanne Lazarus is flying the Durban University of Technology (DUT) flag high as one of the contestants on the new season of the Tropika Island Of Treasure-Season 8.