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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
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.
“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.