Five former Miss SA winners will launch this year’s Miss South Africa, set to take place on Women’s Day, Friday, August 9.
In a statement on Monday, the Miss South Africa Organisation said as much as R3 million in prize money and sponsorships were up for grabs at this year’s pageant. The winner will walk away with R1 million in cash as well as a car and other prizes.
The runner-up takes home R250,000 in cash. All Top 16 Finalists will each receive R25,000.
The future of Miss SA had been in doubt after Cell C recently confirmed that it had withdrawn as the main sponsor of the event but organisers were on Monday bullish about the pageant.
“The five who will welcome our newest African queen to an exclusive sisterhood are Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (Miss SA 2010); Rolene Strauss (Miss SA and Miss World 2014); Liesl Laurie (Miss South Africa 2015); Ntando Kunene-Mthethwa (Miss SA 2016); and current Miss SA Tamaryn Green,” the organisation said.
Strauss said: “Miss South Africa is the ultimate movement towards women empowerment. The platform creates opportunities for so many; from finalists to Miss South Africas and ultimately international participants.
“The growth I experienced as Miss South Africa did not only lead to the wonderful honour of winning Miss World but it also assisted me in surviving medical school when I went back to studying once my reign was over. This is a once-in-a-lifetime learning and life-changing opportunity.”
Laurie said the moment her name was announced as Miss South Africa, her life changed forever.
“A girl’s lifelong dream came true and the following day, a woman’s reality began. It was a reality where the most magical Cinderella story started – from Eldorado Park to the world,” said Laurie.
“My reign as Miss SA will always be one of the most important chapters of my life and that of many people from my township. My legacy is that I will forever be a beacon of hope for Eldorado Park and many townships in this country.”
Kunene-Mthethwa said: “Laying down your truth in front of millions of people isn’t easy. Being Miss South Africa gives you that confidence to publicly embrace who you are, flaws and all.
“The pageant being held on such a significant date on August 9 reiterates the role of women in society who shape the future through their chosen field of passion.
“Just like in 1956 when more than 20 000 women staged a march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to protest against the proposed amendments to the Urban Areas Act, it’s a powerful celebration of women from different races and backgrounds coming together,”
Current Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green said: “This platform has empowered me, not only as a young South African wanting to make a difference in her community, but as a medical student and also as a woman.
“It’s not lost on me that a new Miss SA will be crowned on Women’s Day. Miss SA has been an integral part of the female South African story and how we as women are taking our place in society and championing the causes of our fellow women and the generations to follow us.
“I personally cannot wait to welcome a new woman into this illustrious sisterhood.”
The 2019 Miss South Africa pageant will be held at Sun International’s flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria, and will be aired live on both M-Net and Mzanzi Magic.
Entries for pageant opened on Monday at 9am and will close on June 10.
Those wishing to enter are asked to visit www.misssa.co.za, 16 finalists will be announced on July 11.
– African News Agency