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Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalists revealed - PHOTOS

By Sowetan LIVE | Oct 14, 2016 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

  • Zozibini Tunzi Tsolo East London, Eastern Cape. Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • KZN Miss SA semifinalists: Shenai Bridglall, Priyeshka Lutchman, Kayla Malherbe. Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • Michelle Kruger Witbank Mpumalanga. Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • Western Cape Miss SA semifinalists 2017: Chante Holloway, Ade van Heerden, LouMarie Taljaard, OlinShae De La Cruz, CallieJo Bouman and DemiLeigh NelPeters

  • Milanie Cilliers Mokopane Limpopo. Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • Pretoria Miss SA 2017 semifinalists Yuta Raubenheimer, Odirile Sepeng, Keipeile Dintoe and Nicole van Niekerk. Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • Gauteng Miss SA 2017 semi-finalists Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

  • Miss SA 2017 semi-finalists Picture Credit: Yolanda van der Stoep

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Who will take the crown in March next year? The Top 26 Miss South Africa semi-finalists – who are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2017 – have been revealed.

They will compete for the prestigious title at the Sun City Superbowl on March 25 in an event which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

The Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalists are an impressive group. Among them are a medical doctor and a speech therapist; several law students; one about to qualify as an engineer; the owner of a construction company and a news reader on Soweto TV.

Two were Miss South Africa finalists (placed in the Top 12) in 2014 and 2015; one was awarded her Protea colours in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 13 and was a gold medal winner at the All African Championships while another contestant is the daughter of a legendary former Bafana Bafana soccer captain.

The semi-finalists come from six of the country’s nine provinces: 14 are from Gauteng, six from the Western Cape, three from Kwa-Zulu Natal and one each from the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

In Gauteng they come from Alexandra, Soweto, Johannesburg, Lenasia, Pretoria, Springs, Benoni and Krugersdorp and in the Western Cape semi-finalists hail from Cape Town, Herold’s Bay, Atlantis and Sedgefield. Kwa-Zulu Natal contestants come from Durban, Mtunzini and Port Shepstone.

They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Adè van Heerden – Herold’s Bay, Western Cape
  • Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng
  • Callie-Jo Bouman – Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Chante Holloway – Atlantis, Western Cape
  • Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Sedgefield, Western Cape
  • Devoney Crossman – Greenstone, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng
  • Jessica Tovey – Randparkridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • Kayla Malherbe – Mtunzini, Kwa Zulu Natal
  • Keipeile Dintoe – Saulsville, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Lou-Marie Taljaard – Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Michelle Kruger – Witbank, Mpumalanga
  • Milanie Cilliers – Mokopane, Limpopo
  • Nicole van Niekerk - Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng
  • Ntombikayise Msimango – Springs, Gauteng
  • Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Olin-Shae de la Cruz – Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape
  • Priyeshka Lutchman – Yellowwood Park, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
  • Saskia Wagner – Honeydew, Gauteng
  • Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng
  • Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
  • Shenai Bridglall - Port Shepstone, Kwa Zulu Natal
  • Tshegofatso Monggae – Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng
  • Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng
  • Zozibini Tunzi – East London/Tsolo, Eastern Cape

 “We have a very talented and diverse Top 26 this year, a group of young women who are passionate about competing and who have the intelligence, dedication and attitude to take the crown,” says Claudia Henkel, PR Manager: Sun International, licence holders of Miss South Africa.

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, will crown her successor at the 2017 pageant. She will be leaving at the end of the year to compete in the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.

Miss South Africa is the most prestigious pageant in South Africa, boasting a Miss Universe and three Miss Worlds, and the women who have worn the crown are icons in many different spheres of life. That is the hope, and dream, of every one of the Top 26 semi-finalists: to have her portrait hung in that hall of fame.

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.




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No Meat here...I like Mzansi Sexiest better.

Oct 14, 2016 12:44 | 1 replies


sure, women must have meat

Oct 14, 2016 12:53 | 2 replies


I'm also waiting for the day they will have Miss Booty thickness SA

Oct 14, 2016 1:51 | 0 replies


Sure but not like venda ladies..no

Oct 14, 2016 1:57 | 1 replies


Ja they all look like Vendas mom

Oct 14, 2016 2:42 | 0 replies


Since we're in Africa, queen's crown must be given to Zozibini Tunzi Tsolo without fear or favour.

Oct 14, 2016 12:52 | 2 replies


You and those who think like you are part of the problem. Anyway, too many prettier women there for her to win so stop being a d00s

Oct 14, 2016 1:5 | 1 replies


Oooh I can see them,Odirile Sepeng, Keipeile Dintoe.

Oct 14, 2016 2:11 | 0 replies


Hey wena Rubber Lips, stop being racist

Oct 14, 2016 2:3 | 1 replies


I'm a racist ha ke itseng jwale?

Oct 14, 2016 2:12 | 1 replies


Katakata, do you want me to draw you pictures?

Oct 14, 2016 2:23 | 1 replies


Yes, but do yourself this favour, go and sit over there, I'll bring you crayons to draw with.

Oct 14, 2016 3:37 | 0 replies



Oct 14, 2016 2:2 | 1 replies
Oct 14, 2016 2:42 | 0 replies


Ai they're not WOW to me

Oct 14, 2016 2:47 | 0 replies