Organisers reveal exciting new format
Pretoria, May 3: This year’s Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists have been announced as the pageant proudly celebrates its 60th anniversary, with a dramatic and exciting change to its format.
Traditionally, during the final on pageant night, the top 12 finalists are reduced to five, from which a second princess is announced, followed by a first princess and then the winner.
This year, following the cut to the top five finalists, the organisers will go straight to a top two announcement. One of the pair will be named Miss World South Africa and one will receive the title of Miss Universe South Africa. Both will go on to represent South Africa on the global stage in each respective competition.
However, as there can be only one reigning Miss South Africa, the two winners will be asked one final question by the judges as the pageant draws to a close. Their answers will then determine who is crowned as the official Miss South Africa 2018.
The Top 12 finalists, who each receive a prize package valued at R180 000, come from six of the country’s provinces – five from Gauteng; two from KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape respectively and one each from the Free State, Mpumalanga, and the Western Cape. They’re an extremely impressive group, including several medical, science and law students and a number of BComm and BSc graduates.
They are (in alphabetical order of their first names):
· Akile Khoza (23) from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga who is studying for her Masters in neuroscience at Stellenbosch University.
· Anzelle van Staden (25), from Centurion in Gauteng, has a BComm degree from the University of Pretoria and is currently a full-time model.
· Bryoni Govender (21), from Kempton Park in Gauteng, is a third year LLB student at the University of Johannesburg.
· Daniellë de Jager (20) from Benoni, Gauteng, is currently studying biokinetics at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
· Karishma Ramdev (23), from Chatsworth in KZN, is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pretoria.
· Margo Fargo (25), originally from Heidedal in the Free State, has a BSc consumer sciences honours degree and is a co-founder of a NPO.
· Noxolo Ndebele (24), from KwaNongoma in KZN, has a BComm Acc degree and worked as a financial controller.
· Tamarin Bensch (25), originally from Bedfordview in Gauteng but now living in Somerset West, works in property management and interior renovations.
· Tamaryn Green (23), from Paarl in the Western Cape, is in her final year of medicine at the University of Cape Town.
· Thandokazi Mfundisi (23), from East London in the Eastern Cape, is a final year LLB student at Fort Hare.
· Tharina Botes (21), from Roodepoort in Gauteng, is a first year BComm marketing and business degree student at Damelin and a part-time model.
· Thulisa Keyi (26), originally from East London and who now lives in Gauteng, is currently doing her articles after graduating from the University of Cape Town.
The Miss South Africa Organisation (Cell C and Sun International) has the exclusive licences for the Miss South Africa title holder to compete annually in both the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Traditionally, the reigning Miss South Africa competed in both these international competitions. However, if Miss South Africa won on the international stage – as Rolene Strauss did with Miss World in 2014 or there was a conflict with dates that overlapped (which happened last year when Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters lifted the Miss Universe title) – the first runner-up was called upon to represent South Africa.
Says Suzette van der Merwe from Cell C on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation: “In 2018, we’re adopting international best practice in terms of our finalist judging in order to ensure that our contestants are given a bigger share of the global spotlight by strengthening our pageantry presence internationally. We are delighted that this new format will give two finalists the opportunity to represent South Africa and enable them to prepare thoroughly in advance.”
Adds Gareth Flusk from Sun International on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation: “We are thrilled with the calibre of the finalists in our 60th anniversary year. Any of these contestants would do us proud on the international stage. We are delighted that this year two women will be given the opportunity to shine.”
Miss South Africa 2018, the Diamond Jubilee spectacular with host Bonang Matheba, will take place on Sunday, May 27, at Sun International’s new flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria.
Tickets for this year’s pageant are available at TicketPro and cost between R160 and R560. Bookings can be made at: www.ticketpros.co.za
Public voting intensifies leading up to the glitz and glamour of the 2017 Miss SA Pageant
The spectacular Miss South Africa 2017 pageant will takes place at the Sun City Superbowl on Sunday, March 26, at 17h00. Tickets ranging between R225 and R250 are now available at Ticketpro: http://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/82500b8a-3ab1-e24c-2c88-58b41e2c2bad
The dazzling event, which sees 12 of the country’s most beautiful women compete to take the crown and follow in the footsteps of Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic. The show also features exciting local musical talent and will be hosted by popular SA music personality and rapper, ProVerb.
The newly crowned Miss South Africa will receive R1-million in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C together with a bouquet of prizes that will elevate the competition to one of the richest pageants in the world.
The 12 beautiful women competing to be named Miss South Africa 2017 are Adè van Heerden – Herold’s Bay, Western Cape; Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng; Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Sedgefield, Western Cape; Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng; Kayla Malherbe – Mtunzini, Kwa Zulu Natal; Nicole van Niekerk – Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng; Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng; Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng; Priyeshka Lutchman – Yellowwood Park, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal; Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng; Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng and Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng.
The SMS lines are burning up as members of the public vote to have their say in who wins the prestigious title! Public SMS votes have a 25 percent weighting of the overall voting towards the winner, with 75 percent resting with the official judges. Judges for the pageant include Maps Maponyane, Bridget Masinga and Ezra Davids, with more celebrity judges to be announced shortly.
And by voting, you too can win! Anyone can enter the competition by sending an SMS with the key number of their favourite Top 12 finalist to the short code number, 45791. Each SMS costs R1.50. Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund. Up for grabs for five lucky voters is a weekend at The Palace at Sun City and VIP tickets to attend the live Miss South Africa pageant and after party at Sun City. For more information visit the Miss South Africa website www.misssa.co.za.
The Miss South Africa Pageant is a proud collaboration between Sun International and Cell C.