Thu. Nov 21st, 2019

Miss South Africa 2019: Meet the 16 finalists – pictures

The Miss South Africa finalists have been announced with 16 women selected to compete for the title at the final pageant on Women’s Day 9 August.

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After the glittering reign of Tamaryn Green, we will see a new Miss South Africa crowned at Times Square Sun Arena on 9 August.

The theme for this year’s pageant is Dreamwalkers and the pageant is aiming to break out of the narrow idea of what it means to be beautiful and what it means to be a beauty queen.

Miss SA is introducing two new awards; The mother of the nation and future leaders. These awards are open to nominations from the public.

For the first time, the public will get to vote for a single beauty queen who will progress to the final ten, with the voting opening today on the Miss South Africa website.

Last year’s winner Tamaryn Green did brilliantly well as Miss South Africa, scoring a runner-up spot at Miss Universe before returning to her medical studies.

Tickets for the event are available from Computicket.

The Miss South Africa finalists

Sibabalwe Gcilitshana

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Sibabalwe Gcilitshana is a 24-year-old parliamentary officer from Bellville in Cape Town. A researcher for Equal Education (EE), Siba is inspired by Cynthia Shange, who won the Miss Black SA title in 1972 and became the first black South African to enter Miss Universe. Siba loves singing, finds her zen with meditation and hiking and has downtime binging on Breaking Bad and Killing Eve

Zozibini Tunzi

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Zozibini Tunzi is a 25-year-old completing her BTech in PR from Cape Town. Her role models are her parents and Caster Semenya, whom she’d love to meet. Zozibini is a hard-core Marvel fan, was a Game of Thrones addict and enjoys eating out.

Chuma Matsaluka

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Chuma Matsaluka is a 21-year-old from Nyanga, Cape Town who is in her third year of a BA Degree at UCT. Majoring in anthropology, industrial sociology and political studies. Chuma enjoys hiking, “going on coffee dates with myself”, reading and spending time with family and friends. Her guilty pleasure is watching the Crime and Investigation channel while tucking into ice cream.

Eloïse van der Westhuizen

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Eloïse van der Westhuizen is a 24-year-old merchandise planner from Panorama in Cape Town.
She has a BCom honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Eloïse lists outgoing Miss SA amaryn Green as her role model – Tamaryn’s #MissSA2018 campaign, Break the Stigma, and opening up about her journey with TB helped Eloïse open up about her own TB battle.

Noluthando Bennett

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Sound engineer, Noluthando Bennett is a 24-year-old multi-media and web design freelancer from Kagiso in Krugersdorp Inspired by Jacqui Mofokeng (Miss SA 1993) and US filmmaker Ava DuVernay, Noluthando loves to read and watching documentaries when she isn’t in front of the camera.

Loren Leigh Jenneker

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Loren Leigh Jenneker is a 24-year-old aspiring forensic accountant from Centurion in Pretoria.
Loren is working towards a BCom in finance at UJ, while tutoring kids who struggle to read. Her guilty treat is a milk-tart cronut, is an avid book collector and loves travelling and hiking.

Sasha-Lee Olivier

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Sasha-Lee Olivier is a 26-year-old, plus size model from Alberton, Johannesburg.
Sasha-Lee is pursuing a double major in marketing and psychology at Wits. She enjoys fishing and is an art lover and can often be found in a gallery or museum. She’s a proud Bey Hive member and loves cheesecake while binging on her favourite TV show, Big Bang Theory.

Zanele Phakathi

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Zanele Phakathi is a 20-year-old UJ student from Soweto. Affecitonately known as Zaza, she has more than 70 pageant titles to her name. Zanele was involved in a car accident last year and lost the hearing in her left ear but hasn’t let it interfere with how she lives her life. In her spare time you’ll find her curled up with a book – and a slab of chocolate.

Xia Narain

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Xia Narain has walked runways in South Africa and Turkey and the 23-year-old from Chatsworth, Durban also teaches ramp walking. Passionate about inspiring self-esteem at a modelling school. She also has a BA degree and plans to do her honours in clinical psychology next year. Xia’s ideal dinner table would include Madiba, Princess Diana, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres and Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Senn.

Beulah Baduza

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Beulah Baduza is a proudly plus size 23-year-old aspiring lawyer completing her LLB degree at the University of Pretoria. Beulah loves working out, singing, travelling, cycling, watching Netflix and reading. If she could invite six people to dinner they would be her mom, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Serena Williams.

Kgothatso Dithebe

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Kgothatso Dithebe is a 24-year-old Centurion LLB student with a unique facial birthmark that has taught her resilience. Growing up, Kgothatso’s birthmark made her feel insecure and often being ridiculed by her peers, she wants to bring hope to those who “feel mistreated, misplaced or misunderstood”. She wants to show others that being different can be a blessing.

Danielle Wallace

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Danielle Wallace is a 26-year-old avid hiker and holder of a BSc degree from Cape Town.
She worked in marketing as a brand manager before leaving to further her modelling career. Danielle believes in balance and loves spending times outdoors, but never says no to staying in her pyjamas all day and binging Netflix.

Lisa Stoffela

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Lisa Stoffela is a 26-year-old pizza lover from Morningside in Johannesburg.
This BCom graduate and owner of a small pizza takeaway business loves tucking into pizza and pasta. Lisa loves spending time with family and friends, working out at the gym and experimenting with flavours in the kitchen.

Nompumelelo Maduna

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Nompumelelo Maduna is a 24-year-old private banker from Rockville in Soweto.
Her goal is to be the Miss SA to inspire and empower others by showing anything is possible if you work hard. This University of Johannesburg graduate keeps fit by playing netball and golf and teaches confidence building and etiquette at a modelling school.

Keabetswe Kanyane

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Keabetswe Kanyane is a 25-year-old mala mogodu loving analyst from Pretoria. Currently working on her BCom honours at the University of Johannesburg, Kea loves the gym and also enjoys entertaining, cooking and planning game nights. She loves gospel music and binge watching The Walking Dead.

Errin Brits

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Errin Brits is a 22-year-old LLB student from Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. Her role models include former public protector Thuli Madonsela and Peggy-Sue Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA in 1996 and is now a successful businesswoman. Errin loves hip-hop and Ed Sheeran, eating chocolate and spending time in the library.

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