In a star studded event hosted by Sun International and Cell C in Rivonia, Johannesburg this evening – the top 12 Miss SA finalists for 2017 were announced. It was a nail biter, and the crowds and fans were vocal in their support of their favourites.
Current Miss SA – Ntando Kunene, had just flown in from the Phillipines after competing at Miss Universe, and was positively regal in a white pants suit. Liesl Laurie, Miss SA 2015 was the event host, and looked radiant in a beautiful black gown sparkling with sequins and lace.
The finalists come from three of the country’s nine provinces: eight are from Gauteng with two from the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
In Gauteng they come from Alexandra, Soweto, Lenasia, Pretoria, Benoni and Krugersdorp and the Western Cape finalists hail from Herold’s Bay and Sedgefield. Kwa-Zulu Natal contestants come from Durban and Mtunzini.
They will compete on Sunday March 26th this year for the prestigious crown (and the title – not to mention the R 1 million cash prize from the sponsors!!) at the Sun City Superbowl in an event which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.
Judges for the pageant include Maps Maponyane, Bridget Madinga and Ezra Davids, with more celebrity judges to be announced for the final.
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, the current Miss South Africa who recently competed in both Miss World and Miss Universe, will crown her successor at the 2017 pageant.
The finalists are (in alphabetical order of their first names):
- Adè van Heerden – Herold’s Bay, Western Cape
- Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng
- Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Sedgefield, Western Cape
- Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng
- Kayla Malherbe – Mtunzini, Kwa Zulu Natal
- Nicole van Niekerk – Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng
- Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Priyeshka Lutchman – Yellowwood Park, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
- Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng
- Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
- Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng
For the first time ever, members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalist and propel her into the Top 12. The winner of the public vote was Pretoria’s Nicole van Niekerk. I think her relief was quite intense, and tears flowed freely.
The second round of public voting opens on midnight on February 2. The public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent influence towards the winner, with 75 percent resting with the official judges.
Voting will be done via SMS and the public can SMS the number of their favourite Top 12 finalist to the short code number 45791.
Each SMS will cost R1.50.
Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund.
Also up for grabs for five lucky voters is a weekend at The Palace at Sun City and VIP tickets to attend the live Miss South Africa pageant and after party at Sun City. Guess I will be entering.
For more information visit the Miss South Africa website www.misssa.co.za.
Here are the Top 12 girls – pictures again in alphabetical order corresponding with the names above