Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Miss SA is taking an exciting new route this year. T he pageant organisers have previously announced that, two women, instead of one, will be crowned Miss World SA and Miss Universe SA.
There will only be one reigning Miss SA. The two winners will be asked one final question by the judges and their answers will determine who is crowned as the official Miss South Africa 2018 .
With less than 48 hours to the crowning of Miss South Africa 2018, here are some of the finalists who have the potential to be crowned as the Mzansi's beauty queens.
Thandokazi Mfundisi, 24, is a final year LLB Law student at the University of Fort Hare who comes from East London. Mfundisi who has five siblings plays netball, enjoys athletics (high jump, javelin, long jump) and kayaking.
She also loves reading, dancing and listening to music. At varsity, she is an active member of the Black Management Forum and a member of Students for Law and Social Justice.
Mfundisi loves eating Pad Thai, listening to the music of Bruno Mars and would like to meet Michelle Obama. Since the age of four, she has wanted to enter the Miss South Africa pageant.
20-year-old Daniellé de Jager is studying BHSc Biokinetics with Honours at Nelson Mandela University although her hometown is Benoni in Gauteng.
She has entered several pageants and was named Model of the Year five times. De Jager has three brothers and spends her spare time cheer-leading for her university, going to the gym, rowing, road running and her latest challenge, learning how to surf.
What would people be surprised to learn about her? “My hyper elasticity! You'd be surprised at the way I can turn my elbows inside out!”. Food wise, she loves fettuccine Alfredo.
Noxolo Ndebele, 25, from KwaNongoma in Kwa Zulu-Natal is a part time model who used to work as a project financial controller.
She enjoys going to gym and writes for an online magazine called Growth. Her culinary favourite is traditional food and she doesn’t drink any alcohol (and never has!)
She considers her family her biggest blessing. Her message: “Do good even if nobody is watching. Do everything to the best of your ability.”
Tamarin Bensch who hails from Bedfordview, west of Johannesburg works in property management and interior renovations and lives in Somerset West. The 25-year-old beauty has a national diploma in clothing manufacturing technology and also runs an online fashion and beauty store.
Tamarin enjoys park runs and loves spending time with family and friends. This pizza-eating lover of ‘80s music also has the Sesotho name, Mathabo.
“I use the quote ‘Everything happens for a reason’ almost every day, she says,” Don’t regret anything because the storm will pass and might leave you with an amazing rainbow.”
* Miss SA pageant is set to take place on May 27, at the Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria.
The prestigious event will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).
* Tickets for this year’s pageant are available at TicketPro from R160 to R560.