Rolene Strauss won the Miss South Africa title in 2014 and went on to win the Miss World title that same year. Picture: Jacques du Preez
HEALTH and wellness are key elements to longevity.

This is something that Miss South Africa 2014 and Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss believes in. The medical doctor will be part of the panel during the Cape Town judging phase as the search for the next Miss South Africa continues this weekend.

The 25-year-old mother of one will join judges Sun International's Gareth Flusk and Miss SA organisation's Suzette van der Merwe, as well as Bokang Montjane (Miss South Africa 2010) and radio presenter and TV personality Anele Mdoda.

The regional competition will see finalists take part in the Women360 Expo that focuses on the various aspects of a woman's life and will see speakers highlighting health and wellness.

Letshego Zulu will be discussing fitness and healthy living, and celebrity chef Siba Mtongana will give tips on making healthy food choices every day.

Cindy Nell-Roberts will share her journey and provide valuable insights into how she leveraged the opportunity of becoming Miss South Africa in 2002, while make-up expert Gina Myers will reveal the innermost secrets and tricks of the trade.

There will be two Miss South Africa workshops at the Women360 event that will include Miss SA creative director Werner Wessels, catwalk expert Andiswa Manxiwa and current Miss South Africa Dr Adé van Heerden.

Miss South Africa is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

“To mark this occasion, the regional competition will be open to the public for the very first time. Our vision, as the Miss South Africa Organisation, is to inspire and uplift all entrants, so we encourage them to take advantage of the informative sessions lined up as part of the Women360 Expo offering,” said Van der Merwe.

All those entering the 2018 competition or who have any interest in pageants are encouraged to attend.

The Women360 event will take place at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Sun Park; from Friday to Sunday.

Miss South Africa 2018 will be crowned on May 27 - at the pageant's diamond jubilee - which will be held at Sun International’s new flagship Time Square Sun Arena in Menlyn, Pretoria. The winner will take the crown and more than R2million in prizes. Registration for those wishing to enter Miss South Africa 2018 is now open on the Miss South Africa website: