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Miss SA 2017 Finalists announced

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Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists for 2017.
The Top 12 Miss South Africa finalists – who are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2017 – have been announced. They will compete to wear the prestigious crown at the Sun City Superbowl on Sunday, March 26, in an event which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic. Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1-million in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C, as well as a bouquet of prizes that will elevate the competition to one of the richest pageants in the world.
 
The finalists come from three of the country’s nine provinces: eight are from Gauteng with two from the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal. In Gauteng they come from Alexandra, Soweto, Lenasia, Pretoria, Benoni and Krugersdorp and the Western Cape finalists hail from Herold’s Bay and Sedgefield. Kwa-Zulu Natal contestants come from Durban and Mtunzini.
 
They are (in alphabetical order of their first names):
 
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
Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng

For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalist and propel her into the Top 12. The winner of the public vote was Pretoria’s Nicole van Niekerk.
 
The second round of public voting opens on midnight on February 2. The public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent weighting of the overall voting towards the winner, with 75 percent resting with the official judges. Voting is done via SMS. The public can SMS the number of their favourite Top 12 finalist to the short code number 45791.Each SMS will cost 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.
 
Says Sun International PR Manager Claudia Henkel: “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.”
 
Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive for Cell C says: “The Miss South Africa pageant provides a prestigious and respected platform for these dynamic, talented young women to discover their strengths, boost their confidence and propel their lives forward. It provides life changing experiences for all the participants and, for the winner, an opportunity to inspire and make a real difference.”
 
The young woman who is crowned Miss South Africa 2017 will automatically become the spokesperson for the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work Day initiative. 
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, the current Miss South Africa who recently competed in both Miss World and Miss Universe, will crown her successor at the 2017 pageant.
 
The Miss South Africa Pageant is a proud collaboration between Sun International and Cell C. The new Miss South Africa 2017 will be crowned at Sun City on March 26 and simulcast live on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) and M-Net (Channel 101).
 
Judges for the pageant include Maps Maponyane, Bridget Madinga and Ezra Davids, with more celebrity judges to be announced for the final.

IOL adapted from press release
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