The Top 26 Miss South Africa semi-finalists – who are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2017 – were revealed during a media briefing at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton.
The Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalists are an impressive group. Among them are a medical doctor and a speech therapist; several law students; one about to qualify as an engineer; the owner of a construction company and a news reader on Soweto TV.
Two were Miss South Africa finalists (placed in the Top 12) in 2014 and 2015; one was awarded her Protea colours in rhythmic gymnastics at the age of 13 and was a gold medal winner at the All African Championships while another contestant is the daughter of a legendary former Bafana Bafana soccer captain.
The semi-finalists come from six of the country’s nine provinces: 14 are from Gauteng, six from the Western Cape, three from Kwa-Zulu Natal and one each from the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
In Gauteng they come from Alexandra, Soweto, Johannesburg, Lenasia, Pretoria, Springs, Benoni and Krugersdorp.
They are (in alphabetical order):
Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng
Devoney Crossman – Greenstone, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng
Jessica Tovey – Randparkridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Keipeile Dintoe – Saulsville, Pretoria, Gauteng
Nicole van Niekerk – Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng
Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng
Ntombikayise Msimango – Springs, Gauteng
Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng
Saskia Wagner – Honeydew, Gauteng
Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng
Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
Tshegofatso Monggae – Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng
Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng
“We have a very talented and diverse Top 26 this year, a group of young women who are passionate about competing and who have the intelligence, dedication and attitude to take the crown.”
– Claudia Henkel, PR Manager: Sun International, licence holders of Miss South Africa
Miss South Africa is the most prestigious pageant in South Africa, boasting a Miss Universe and three Miss World‘s, and the women who have worn the crown are icons in many different spheres of life. That is the hope, and dream, of every one of the Top 26 semi-finalists: to have her portrait hung in that hall of fame.
Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1-million in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C as well as a bouquet of prizes that will elevate the competition to one of the richest pageants in the world.
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