Johannesburg - Eastern Cape born and bred Zozibini Tunzi was crowned the 61st Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday evening.
The event took place at the Times Square Arena, Menlyn Maine, in Pretoria, where thousands of members of the public and celebrities gathered to witness the event.
The Miss SA crown’s name of Buhle was unveiled this past week and was inspired by uBuhle Bethungo Lenkosazane, which means “the beauty of a rainbow”. The name was chosen as a celebration of women, cultural diversity and the Rainbow Nation which was a direct correlation of some of the contestants in the top 16.
Tunzi took over the crown from last year's winner Tamaryn Green.
Before the big announcement, the 25-year-old was asked how she would use her title as Miss South Africa to improve the country, saying: "I am a firm believer in education, and I would advise that they push education. We might not be able to do much for elders, but we can do so much for children by starting them early."