JOHANNESBURG: THE 12 Miss South Africa finalists have been announced. They will compete for the title presented by Sun International in collaboration with Cell C at the Carnival City on March 19 next year. The top 12 come from around the country with Gauteng having five finalists. Mpumalanga, the Eastern and Western Cape all have two entrants while the Free State has one contestant.
These are Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State); Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga); Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape); Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape); Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape); Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga). Other finalists are Reabetswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng); Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape); Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng); Schané Venter (Alberton, Gauteng); Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng) and Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng).
“We are absolutely delighted with the finalists. The young women who have been selected depict everything that we hope the pageant represents; intelligence, integrity and beauty,” said Sun International Public Relations Manager, Claudia Henkel. Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive for Cell C, said the Miss South Africa pageant provided a prestigious, respected and well-meaning platform for dynamic, talented young women to discover their strengths, boost their confidence and propel their lives forward.
“It provides life changing experiences for the participants and for the winner an opportunity to inspire and make a real difference. As such it is perfectly aligned with Cell C’s strategy to empower women,” said van der Merwe.
The names of those competing to take the Miss South Africa title next year were announced at an event held also to bid farewell to reigning Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie and this year’s First Princess Refilwe Mthimunye, both of whom leave shortly to compete in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants respectively. Miss World takes place in China on December 19 and Miss Universe a day later in the United States on December 20.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY