Meet the Top 12 Miss SA contestants

BusiBUSI MAHLANGU – KWA-MHLANGA KWA-NDEBELE, MPUMALANGA
Name: Busi Mahlangu
Region: Kwa-Mhlanga Kwa-Ndebele Mpumalanga
Age: 23
Occupation: I am an economics student at the University of South Africa doing my 3rd year. I always wanted to see a dramatic change in my country and economic development is one of the prominent factors that determine the well-being of a country. For me to be in that field meant accomplishing my goal of giving back to my country through my career.
Previous beauty competitions/pageants won? Miss Spring Edendale 2007.

Why do you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role? Women and youth empowerment has always been a topic close to my heart. I have so much faith in the influential role of women in society and the nation at large. Research has shown that women have the primary role of bringing up children in our society and with the necessary resources we as women can help break the cycle of poverty. I would like to be the agent of change to help uplift the overall life of women in society which can be achieved through the Miss South Africa brand.
Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you and why? Basetsana Kumalo inspires me because she has shown that she was not limited in her endeavours by winning Miss South Africa, showing people that this breakthrough did not define her life. She has continually been successful since her crowning and has built an empire through the platform of being a Miss South Africa. That’s my goal.
Who are your role models/who has inspired you and why? Gill Marcus. Nothing inspires me more than a powerful yet humble leader and woman.

Tell us a bit more about your family? My mother works for a direct selling company called Table Charm, my dad is a principal at a local school in Mpumalanga. I am the eldest of four, my brother is in matric and my twin sisters are still in primary school.

What do you do in your spare time? I like watching the news, reading informative books or just being with friends and family.

What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa? You are not born to merely get by. Find your call, give back through that call and leave an incorruptible footprint. The biggest tragedy is not death but a life without purpose.
If you won the Miss SA crown and were able to meet one person, who would it be and why? Gill Marcus and Thuli Madonsela. They are both powerhouses and are women in the frontlines. They have broken the confines of the role of women in South Africa as they occupy positions which were previously held by men. They have so much power and influence yet they maintain their meekness. I absolutely commend and look up to that.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I’m an adventure junkie.
What are you reading? I always read a book which relates to my current circumstances in order to get insight. A friend gave me a handbook on modelling and pageants by former Miss South Africa, Cindy Nell. I am also reading a book on the character of a leader by Myles Munroe.

What is on your iPod? The new Hillsong and Tamar Braxton.
Your favourite TV show? The news and Top Billing.
Your favourite meal? Anything with chicken.
Anything else you would like to add? I am honoured to be part of the semi-finalists. I can’t wait to continue doing what I know I was born to do, which is to be a humanitarian and a woman activist. It’s great to know that there are people that have faith in you, Thank you Sun International and the Miss South Africa committee for the opportunity.

Chanelle

CHANELLE SARDINHA – FOURWAYS, JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG
Name: Chanelle Sardinha
Region: Fourways, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Age: 23
Occupation: I am an actress and model. Having recently completed my Honours degree in BA Dramatic Arts at Wits University, this is my first year attempting to break into this industry. Growing up, I enjoyed performing in lead roles in musicals such as Annie, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors, which allowed me to fuel my passion for acting, singing and dancing. I have also developed a love for acting and modelling in front of the camera and want to gain as much experience and exposure as I can in this field. It will also enhance my skills and self-belief. I featured in a number of local and international TV commercials and campaigns such as Dove Hair Care, ABSA, Barclay’s Bank, Oronamin C, American Tourister and Monte Norte.

Previous beauty competitions/pageants won? I was spotted at the age of six by a ‘tuck-shop mom’ at my school, who insisted that my mom enter me into the ‘Little Miss Fourways Mall’ pageant which I won. I was crowned by former Miss South Africa, Bernelee Daniel, and awarded a one-year modelling contract which led to me winning a number of other titles, including Miss Reach for a Dream, Miss UCPA, Miss Cameo Legs, Miss Junior RSA and Miss Sandton Model of the Year, at which I was crowned by yet another Miss South Africa, Yolanda Kloppers.

Why do you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role? I would love to be Miss South Africa because I know who I am and what my country stands for. I pride myself in being approachable, compassionate, humble and enthusiastic. If I am blessed with the opportunity, I will employ a one-on-one approach. I will offer my time to anyone in need. I believe my involvement in the arts will equip me for the Miss South Africa pageant. As a Miss South Africa, you are on display to the world as a global representative of your country. Having studied the art of being in front of an audience on stage and in front of a camera crew, I have honed my energy into being confident in my own skin and ensuring that I remain poised and true to myself in every situation.
Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you and why? Every former Miss South Africa has inspired our nation and left a mark in their unique way. The two Miss South Africa titleholders who connect with me because of their careers are Basetsana Kumalo and Jo-Ann Strauss who both used the platform to create their own legacies. Basetsana is inspiring, having attained the position of President of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, as well as through her television production company, Tswelopele Productions. Jo-Ann, on the other hand, has become a familiar TV face who epitomises class and poise. Melinda Bam and Rolene Strauss also exemplify the compassionate and nurturing spirit of Miss South Africa, which I truly admire.
Who are your role models/who has inspired you and why? My role model is my mom. She is never without a smile on her face and always greets people with a warm embrace. She has a love for people and compassion for others, qualities which I strive to emulate.

Tell us a bit more about your family? I come from a family of four consisting of my dad Sidney, my mom Teresa, my older brother Shaun, and me. We are your typical close-knit South African family with a Portuguese heritage who cheer each other on in all of our endeavours. My family mean the world to me and I thank God every day for the love and happiness they constantly show me. My dad is an entrepreneur who specialises in retail. I am “daddy’s girl” and look up to my dad with respect and admiration for his bravery, perseverance and his ability to always put a smile on my face. My mom is a qualified Treasury Dealer but is currently working as a PA to a Director of a company. My friends and I always call her “Mother Teresa” because of her kind and caring nature. She is always helping people wherever she goes. My mom is not only the first person I go to for advice but she is also my best friend. My older brother is a chartered accountant at Deloittes. We are only 19 months apart and therefore have a bond so close that we often consider ourselves to be twins.
What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I further my knowledge and passion for health and fitness. I am currently doing a Personal Training Certificate to educate myself and others about living a happy and healthy lifestyle. The easiest way for me to unwind and think clearly is by running. I enjoy long distance running and losing myself in my thoughts and returning home with my favourite “endorphin rush”.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa? My message is there is nothing more beautiful and empowering than a woman who knows her self-worth. Treasure yourself, motivate yourself and believe that you are only capable of greatness.
If you won the Miss SA crown and were able to meet one person, who would it be and why? I would love to meet as many people in need as possible. I want to walk in their shoes, hear their stories, make them laugh, see them smile and leave with them understanding their full potential.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? Although I am extremely feminine in the way I present myself, people might be surprised to know that there is a tomboy side to me. I love learning about cars and engines and thoroughly enjoy all adrenaline-junkie activities. I recently bungee jumped off the Bloukrans Bridge, the highest bungee jump in the world. It was the craziest yet most exhilarating thing I have ever done!
What are you reading? I am currently indulging in the book Lean In by COO of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg. It is proving to be an extremely fascinating and empowering read. Sandberg writes about gender inequality in the workplace and how we as women, and a nation, can promote equality through focusing on our strengths and rights as women instead of our pre-conceived ‘weaknesses’.

What is on your iPod? I use my iPod while running and at gym and play mostly upbeat dance music. I particularly enjoy songs with one-liners of motivation which encourage and linger with me.
Your favourite TV show? My favourite TV show is Suits. I find law extremely fascinating and particularly love the lead character, Jessica Pearson (Gina Torres), as she is the senior partner of a highly successful law firm and is not only an extremely talented actress but a vision of female power and strength onscreen.
Your favourite meal? My favourite food is Asian food, in particular sushi. Having travelled to Thailand a year ago, I developed a new-found appreciation for Asian culture, food and its people.

Danelle

DANELLE DE WET – KUILS RIVER, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE
Name: Danelle de Wet
Region: Kuils River, Cape Town, Western Cape.
Age: 21
Occupation: I am a first year BCom Marketing student at the IMM Graduate School of Marketing. Once I have obtained my degree I would like to study further and work towards getting my MBA and then start up my own PR company.

Who is a previous Miss South Africa who has inspired you and why? Melinda Bam, Miss South Africa 2011, who changed the game by making Miss South Africa more relevant to modern times and leaving a legacy, which she predicted at the start of her reign. Then there is Nicole Flint, Miss South Africa 2009, who, on each occasion I’ve bumped into her, was kind, friendly and humble. She has left her mark on the Miss South Africa Pageant. These women also did respectable charity work, which one could see was real and came from the heart. I aspire to become a Miss South Africa that is the perfect blend of all these amazing qualities.
Who are your role models/who has inspired you and why? Someone who has inspired me and continues to do so is Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. She is a woman of integrity and perseverance and puts all her focus on the future of South Africa and the dignity of its citizens. Neutral to all political parties, she has become the country’s top fighter in eradicating corruption, and has never stopped sacrificing her time and energy for what she believes is right. I wouldn’t say I have just one role model; I have a handful of people to whom I look up to. Each of these people has one or two personality and characteristic traits that I admire and try to implement into my own life as I mature.
Tell us a bit more about your family: My father and mother are my pillars of strength. My mother is a self-employed estate agent and my father runs his own construction company. My sisters, regardless of how distant we are in ages, remain close. My eldest sister is 34 and works at an Information Technology firm. My middle sister is 27 and is a qualified physiotherapist.
What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I model and train hard at gym, where I do a bit of Muaythai and I recently began doing yoga. Other things I enjoy doing is hiking, travelling the world and snorkelling.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa? You are more powerful than you know. This mostly applies to the young women in the world but can be a message to all. Young women in this country, regardless of their background, need to realise their worth and their potential. They need to fight for a better future and for their education. You can’t sit back and wait for things to come to you, you have to go out there and get it. I don’t come from the wealthiest of communities but I never let that determine my success and my dreams. If you want something, you are the only thing holding yourself back. If you don’t get it right the first time, keep trying! I am the perfect example of that – this is my third entry into Miss South Africa. It is what I want, and it’s something I can feel deep inside. If I did not pick myself up and try again, how would I ever be able to show people that with passion, determination and hard work, all your dreams will transpire?

If you won the Miss South Africa crown and were able to meet one person, who would it be and why? I would love to me meet Thuli Madonsela, of course, and soak up all the wisdom and knowledge she has. She has learnt how to remain neutral, humble and how to stay determined and driven no matter how difficult things may get. If the crown was a time travel machine – Nelson Mandela (while he was president) – just to get insight into the mind of someone who changed an entire nation for the better.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? That I am an ex-dancer and have been for 10 years.
What are you reading? Well the last book I read was Donald Trump’s Think Big.
What is on your iPod? Goodluck – Trickery (And it’s on repeat!)
Your favourite TV show? Modern Family and CSI
Your favourite meal? Basil-pesto baked snapper fillet. It’s yummy.
Anything else you would like to add? If you work really hard, and you are kind – success is inevitable.

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Ziphozakhe Zokufa takes over from Rolene Strauss as Miss SA

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Ziphozakhe Zokufa  is the new Miss South Africa. The announcement was made yesterday, following the news of Rolene Strauss being announced as Miss World at the weekend. Ziphozakhe was named the first princess earlier this year. The first princess is expected to step into the role should the current title holder not be able to perform her duties, be it personally or professionally. In this case, Rolene now has a bigger role in the form of Miss World, so Ziphozakhe will represent the country for the next few months. She’s hard at work already, prepping for Miss Universe in January, so it’s going to be a busy few weeks for the young Port Elizabeth resident.

On taking over from Rolene, Zokufa said, “I got to know Rolene well during the run up to Miss South Africa 2014 earlier this year and was thrilled when she was crowned Miss World at the weekend. She will be a wonderful ambassador for our country. I know that I have big shoes to fill but am delighted and humbled that I will get a chance to carry the South African flag as the new Miss South Africa and represent my country to the best of my ability at the Miss Universe Pageant in January.

Website: www.misssa.co.za
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https://www.facebook.com/MsSouthAfrica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Official_MissSA

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Meet the 12 Miss SA contestants

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Tonight is the night we’ll find out who will be the next Miss South Africa. The pageant will go live on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv at 17:30. Mi Casa, Matthew Mole and Bucie will all be performing on stage. All while the necessary evils ie the judges will be deliberating. The panel is made up of Anele Mdoda, Kojo Baffoe, Bonang Matheba, Amy Kleinhans-Curd and Pnina Fenster. I have no idea who will win, obviously, but I’m out in Sun City and will be keeping you posted on this year’s Miss SA pageant. In case you missed it, here are the twelve finalists all vying for the Miss South Africa title tonight:

ABIGAIL DE JAGER – WEST ACRES, NELSPRUIT, MPUMALANGA
Name: Abigail de Jager
Region: West Acres, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
Age: 19
Occupation: Student, studying B Comm Business Management at Stellenbosch University. I finished first year in 2013. My goal in obtaining this qualification is to equip and prepare myself for entering the business world one day. I believe that the university experience truly shapes one, especially when studying so far from home. It teaches me how to be independent; it’s remarkable how I’ve grown in the last year.
What lessons did you learn during The Road to Miss SA TV shoot at Sun City? I learnt how to be more patient with people in times where things weren’t always going according to how you would like it to be and in situations where the people you are working or competing with have different opinions and ways of doing things. The second lesson links up with the first and that is learning how to work with people and accommodate others.
What were the highlights of your Sun City stay? It was when we got to touch an elephant just before our safari make-up challenge. I’ve had an urge to come in contact with this incredible animal for quite a while now, so I felt incredibly privileged and blessed.  The main highlight, though, was meeting all these incredible people that we were privileged to work with, starting with the other contestants. The friendships I have formed have made my experience incredible.
Why do you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role? I would like the opportunity to reach out to others who aren’t as lucky to have such a blessed life. I would love to be a blessing to an even larger group of people. I would be able to bring my personality and sense of humour, as my name means Father’s Joy, to the role. I love to laugh and believe that a day without laughter is a wasted day.
Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you? Jo-Ann Strauss. She has managed to “keep up appearances”, if one can put it that way. She didn’t just fade after her year of reign; she managed to create a career afterwards, where she continues to help and inspire others. I feel that you shouldn’t just have a year’s reign and then it’s all over.
Who are your role models? Malala Yousafzai, she is known for her activism for rights to education for women. The Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Malala, at the age of 11–12, wrote a blog under a false name for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, as well as her views on promoting education for girls. She was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu. On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. Even though she was attacked for what she believes in, she kept on fighting for what she was passionate about.
Tell us a bit more about your family? My mother is a teacher at the high school we attended, Hoërskool Nelspruit. She is strict, but has a great sense of humour as well.
My father is a civil engineer at Lidwala; he is serious but has a very warm and kind heart. I’ve got two sisters; Charlotte (20) studying BSc Consumer Science at Potchefstroom. We are extremely close and I consider her as one of my best friends.
Liezl (16), my younger sister, is very sporty and energetic. I have a very open relationship with my parents and am very close with both of them. I also have an extremely supportive and loving family in Cape Town, consisting of my two uncles (and aunts) as well as my three cousins. My family is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the greatest treasures in my life!
What do you do in your spare time? Walking and hiking are definitely my favourite pastimes. I’m starting to read again, now that I’m on holiday and have more time.
2014 is the year in which SA celebrates its 20th year of democracy – what does that mean to you? I’m a freedom baby, so I am lucky to have skipped the whole apartheid period. Democracy means to respect others and their abilities or disabilities, not to exclude or belittle anyone for not fitting the mould. Democracy means to accept everyone for what they have to offer and embrace and use it, instead of shooting it down.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa? That they should stay true to who they are and what they believe in. I am a strong believer that people should not compromise their values in order to fit in with their surroundings or be accepted.
If you won the Miss SA crown and was able to meet one person, who would it be and why? Beyoncé, I love her! I’ve watched a few of her live DVDs and she just has an absolute passion for what she does. She lives and breathes what she does; I would like to feel the same about what I do one day.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I won a hoola-hoop competition in primary school.  I’ve stayed in six towns (including Cape Town) over the last 19 years. I like to eat odd food concoctions, like peanut butter with carrot.
What are you reading? How Could He Do It? It’s about a father that sexually assaulted his daughter for five years.  I’m a real fan of Jodi Picoult.
What is on your iPod? Bastille and Mumford & Sons.
Your favourite TV show? Cougar Town.
Your favourite meal? Broccoli.
Hashtag: #MissSAabigail
Twitter handle: @Abigail_dj (https://twitter.com/Abigail_dj)
Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-SA-Abigail-de-Jager/619794098055927
Facebook Page Name: Miss SA Abigail de Jager

ANZÉL STOFBERG – STELLENBOSCH, WESTERN CAPE
Name: Anzél Stofberg
Region: Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Age: 22
Occupation:  I completed my B. Accounting Degree at Stellenbosch University last year. This year I continued studying to improve my marks and have been accepted into the B. Accounting Honours programme for 2014.
Previous beauty competitions/pageants won: Miss Interschool’s at Paarl Gymnasium and Miss Sonop at varsity.
What lessons did you learn during The Road to Miss SA TV shoot at Sun City? Magic happens outside of your comfort zone. I learned that by taking chances in life, you develop as a person. If you want to grow as a person and be a better you, say yes to risks!
What were the highlights of your Sun City stay? The highlights of our Sun City stay are endless. It was probably the most challenging and most rewarding week of my life.
Two challenges stood out for me. The Cinderella challenge made me feel as if I were part of my own fairy tale. My favourite challenge was a photo shoot with a vulture. We had no idea what the challenge would entail, but when I saw the beautiful bird I was in awe. It was so special to interact with the vulture and really getting in contact with nature – African style!
Why do you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role? I am a strong and driven woman. I empower others to believe that they are worthy and to believe in themselves and I know this is what our country needs. I have a love for South Africa and I know that our people have world-changing capabilities. I want to be part of and contribute to such a process of change.
Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you? Jo-Ann Strauss, I had the privilege of meeting her in her year of reign, and the way she treated me as a young girl, with respect and acknowledgement, made a huge impact on me.
Who are your role models? Mamphela Ramphele. She is a brilliant woman who has achieved success, has a strong character and determination. She is open minded and has a strong vision for our country.
Tell us a bit more about your family? My family is my everything! My parents got divorced when I was six years old. Both got married again while I was still in school. I am the youngest of four children. I have a sister, she is the eldest, and has been living in London for the past 10 years. My oldest brother, 29, is an engineer and works in Johannesburg. They are expecting a little girl and she will be the first grandchild in our family. My youngest brother, 26, lives in South Korea with his wife and they teach English in primary schools. I am the youngest daughter and feel privileged to have siblings older than me to look up to and also have as best friends. With my parents having married again, we are a total of 10 people.
What do you do in your spare time? I am a sports fanatic and train every day. I run, swim, cycle, go to gym and hike. I run half marathons and do triathlons. I love painting and renovating old furniture.
2014 is the year in which SA celebrates its 20th year of democracy – what does that mean to you? A country where every citizen can feel free and be free. Celebrating 20 years of democracy is a real achievement and I am very excited about our bright future.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa? “Words have no power. You give words power if you let it affect you.” I want to empower woman to believe in themselves.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you? I competed in the Ironman 70.3 in January.
What are you reading? The Kite Runner.
What is on your iPod? Loads of music!
Your favourite TV show? Suits
Your favourite meal? Definitely sushi, particularly salmon roses.
Hashtag: @Anzel_Stofberg (https://twitter.com/Anzel_Stofberg)
Twitter handle: @Anzel_Stofberg (https://twitter.com/Anzel_Stofberg)
Facebook Page URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-SA-Anzel-Stofberg/1433820690182225
Facebook Page Name: Miss SA Anzel Stofberg

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33 Miss SA Semi finalists announced

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The 2014 Miss South Africa pageant buzz is on. Yesterday I went through to Sun International‘s Maslow Hotel for the announcement of the 33 semi finalists vying for the title. A bit more from the event:

– Cell C will serve as the headline sponsor for the event

– Radio personality, Anele Mdoda will join DJ, Black Coffee and magazine editor Pnina Fenster in judging the competition

– Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv, will be the official broadcaster

– The Road to Miss SA will start on the channel on the 26th of January

– The pageant will be held in Sun City on the 30th of March

So that’s the lowdown on the event, but who are the 33 ladies vying for the title? Find the list below:

THE MISS SA SEMI FINALISTS

 

Ziphozakhe Zokufa 22 Eastern Cape
Dipalesa Mbola 22 Free State
Rolene Strauss 21 Free State
Callan Corner 20 Gauteng
Caylene Marais 23 Gauteng
Hape Moloi 21 Gauteng
Jenna Braham 21 Gauteng
Matlala Mokoko 23 Gauteng
Nkhensi Vukela 22 Gauteng
Ntsiki Mkhize 22 Gauteng
Sarah Botes 21 Gauteng
Tayla Skye Robinson 21 Gauteng
Thabang Ganyane 19 Gauteng
Tidimalo Sehlako 22 Gauteng
Tshegofatso Monggae 20 Gauteng
Delisha Leigh-Ann Chetty 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Julia Petersen 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Nomhle Mtshali 23 KwaZulu-Natal
Sihle Makhanya 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Ziyanda Msomi 22 KwaZulu-Natal
Sheila Mmutle 23 Limpopo
Ntandayenkosi Kunene 21 Mpumalanga
Ilze Saunders 23 North West Province
Abigail de Jager 19 Mpumalanga
Alyssa Arendse 22 Western Cape
Anzél Stofberg 22 Western Cape
Ashleigh Burton 23 Western Cape
Jade Hubner 21 Western Cape
Meighnon Loriston 19 Western Cape
Mishka Patel 21 Western Cape
Nelisiwe Galada 23 Western Cape
Taryn Esterhuizen 23 Western Cape
Vuyolwetu Mgwelo 22 Western Cape

Press statement: Remona Moodley to represent SA at Miss World

Oi, just got a very unexpected email. Miss SA, Melinda Bam wont be attending the Miss World pageant in August. Instead the First Princess Remona Moodley will be there, representing SA in Mongolia. On the one hand it’s very sad that Melinda wont be able to rep SA, but it’s a great opportunity for Remona.

Melinda has been an incredible Miss SA and she’s one of the nicest people I’ve met in the industry, so I hope her family circumstances are sorted out soon and that she’ll be ready for Miss Universe.

Check out the official press release below:

Miss South Africa First Princess, Remona Moodley will be representing South Africa at this year’s Miss World Pageant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, People’s Republic of China on 18 August 2012.

 
Melinda Bam the reigning Miss South Africa will not be representing South Africa at the Miss World Pageant due to personal circumstances. While Melinda regrets that she will not be gracing the Miss World stage, she is working closely with Remona in preparation for the competition. ‘I want her to win, and believe she can” says the big hearted Miss South Africa.  “Melinda has taken the scary element out of the experience and replaced it with a sense of anticipation and excitement. Her advice has been invaluable,” says Remona Moodley.
Remona Moodley is no stranger to pageants and held the title of First Princess for Miss SA Teen in 2006 and was crowned Miss India South Africa in 2005. Remona is 23 years old and has an Electrical Engineering Degree from the University of Cape Town. This year, Remona launched the Fund-A-Dream       Foundation which aims at sourcing funding for talented young South Africans to prevent financial constraints from stifling their dreams. The campaigns include Educate-to-Motivate, Start-A-Scholarship and See-A-Need, Fill-A-Need.
The Educate-to-Motivate campaign is aimed at providing students with a complete education package. Already, six grade 12 learners from Hout Bay High have received scholarships to the total value of R25 000 and all 660 learners were given a stationery pack to kick-start their year. The Start-A-Scholarship campaign finds companies and individuals to sponsor a young person with a specific talent or goal and the See-A-Need, Fill-A-Need campaign enables young people to promote their needs on the Fund-A-Dream website.
 
“Remona is a smart young woman set for success,” says Sue Klerck Sun International Resorts Executive. For a month Remona will participate in numerous activities and sightseeing events. We are delighted that fashion designer, Haroun Hansrot has agreed to design her formal evening gown.”
 
Durban based Haroun Hansrot is known for his fusion of Indian and Western style, and his quality and exquisite attention to detail. “His design will be a perfect foil for Remona’s exotic Indian ancestry,” says Klerck.
 
Sun International, the license holders of the Miss South Africa pageant, fully supports Remona in her quest to bringing home the crown. “We are extremely proud of Remona taking on this challenge and wish her success in her journey,” says Klerck.

Congratulations to Melinda Bam, the new Miss South Africa

Congratulations to the new Miss South Africa, Melinda Bam. The Pretoria resident walked away with the title during the live broadcast on DStv’s Mzansi Magic. A couple of months ago I came through to Sun City for work. The crew were filming the Road To Miss South Africa and it was there that I caught a glimpse of Miss Bam. She’s perfect for the title. She’s smart, exquisitely beautiful and I think she will do very well during her reign. Check out this little clip I did with her earlier. I’m interviewing her in the morning for DStv. If you have any questions, holler 🙂

Bokang Montjane is the new Miss South Africa

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I can’t believe it was a year ago that Nicole Flint was crowned Miss South Africa at the Sun City Superbowl. Shows you how quick time passes us by because last night the new Miss SA was crowned. The live broadcast on DStv’s Mzansi Magic saw Bokang Montjane being crowned as the new Miss SA. The 24-year-old beauty hails from Polokwane in Limpopo. On top of her agenda is world peace! Jokes, Bokang says she would like to focus on solving the teenage pregnancy rates. Good for you and good luck!