Bonang Matheba, one of the country’s leading media personalities and style icons, is the host of the Miss South Africa pageant.
This year marks the 60th anniversary with the Diamond Jubilee spectacular set to take place on Sunday, May 27, at Sun International’s new flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Times Square Casino, Pretoria.
The event, which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, sees 12 of the country’s most beautiful and accomplished women compete to take the crown and follow in the footsteps of Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who went on to be crowned Miss Universe, and her successor, Adè van Heerden.
Queen B, as she is affectionately known, has a long association with Miss South Africa and was part of the judging panel in 2014, which officially crowned Rolene Strauss, who later went on to be crowned Miss World.
The trendsetting TV and radio star, author and philanthropist says she is delighted to be hosting the 2018 event.
“Having grown up watching the Miss South Africa pageant, I feel very honoured to be part of this two-hour spectacular in a year in which this South African institution celebrates a huge milestone anniversary,” says Bonang, who returned to South Africa from London last week where she was MC at the prestigious Global Gift Foundation fund-raiser celebrating for President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The 12 finalists competing for the crown will be revealed tomorrow, with the winner taking home more than R3 million in a bouquet of prizes, making the competition one of the richest pageants in the world.