An incredible 60 years have passed since the very first Miss South Africa pageant was hosted, and this year’s glittering pageant was an incredible tribute show to our former title holders, as well as embracing several new and unique elements – such a for the first time ever crowning two young ladies – one to focus on Miss World and one to focus on Miss Universe, effectively giving us double the chance to take home a prestigious international title.

I love innovation, and the fact that the Miss South Africa Organisation keeps evolving, and moving with the times is a great inspiration.

They have just announced a brand new initiative called the Miss South Africa Legacy Initiative, which will see all the proceeds from the Miss SA Legacy Initiative Gala Dinner – held at Sun City on Friday and attended by a host of former Miss South Africa title holders, including former Miss Worlds Penny Rey Coelen and Rolene Strauss – being given to The Tomorrow Trust and The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

Others who attended included Joan Ramagosi-Madibeng, Sandra de Meyer-Evans, Tansey Coetzee Sodeinde, Amy Kleinhans Curd, Odette Scrooby-Joubert, Sonia Raciti-Oshry, Lorna Potgieter, Yolanda Kloppers, Tatum Keshwar, Kerishnie Naiker, Andrea Stelzer, Vera Johns Sutherland, Suzette van der Merwe, Claudia Henkel and Liesl Laurie. Miss World South Africa Thulisa Keyi was also present.

“As passionate South Africans, we believe the future is tied to our young people and, in particular, their education and health. We have adopted two NPOs for a long-term period with the aim of raising R400 000 per annum for each NPO. Funds raised for The Tomorrow Trust will be used towards their school holiday programme, providing skills training and resources for qualifying school going South Africans. Funds raised for The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital will go towards their four bed children’s wards, benefiting children and families with limited resources.” says Chief Operating Officer of Sun International Ltd, Thabo Mosololi.

Said CEO of Cell C, Jose Dos Santos: “We have to thank these former Miss South Africa title holders who also gave personal goods, including signed memorabilia, for an auction to raise further funds. We also could not have achieved the success of today’s events without the businesses, four-ball and hole sponsors and all others who generously donated prizes and auction items.”

Earlier Cell C had hosted a golf day benefit to raise funds for the two beneficiaries of the Miss South Africa Legacy Initiative. The fundraiser dinner was a collaborative effort between Cell C and Sun International.

Find out more about the Initiative and the Miss SA Organisation as a whole, right here…

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