Miss South Africa‘s most beautiful launched a mentoring program for the 2015 Miss South Africa finalists.

Twelve former Miss South Africa title holders at The Venue in Sandton to reveal a new mentorship program for this year’s finalists, who will be vying for the Miss South Africa 2015 crown at Sun City on 29 March. Sounds exciting. Have to attend.

Not sure what’s more breathtaking: the view of Sandton or the former Miss South Africa‘s or current finalists. They’re dressed to the nines. Feeling a bit under-dressed in some smart True Religion jeans and a smart Bogart Man shirt and leather shoes. Should survive the night.

The former Miss South Africa winners who are offering advice and will share their experiences are: Wilma van der Bijl (1987); Bernelee Daniell (1995); Peggy-Sue Khumalo (1996); Sonia Raciti (1998); Jo-Ann Strauss (2000); Vanessa Carreira (2001); Cindy Nell (2002); Joan Ramagoshi (2003); Nokuthula “Thuli” Sithole (2005); Tatum Keshwar (2008); Nicole Flint (2009) and Bokang Montjane (2010).

The Miss South Africa finalists are Busi Mahlangu (mentor Thuli Sithole); Danelle de Wet (mentor Bernelee Daniell); Gugulethu Banda (mentor Bokang Montjane); Kim Wentzel (mentor Cindy Nell); Liesl Laurie (mentor Tatum Keshwar); Ntsiki Mkhize (mentor Peggy-Sue Khumalo); Refilwe Mthimunye (mentor Vanessa Carreira); Shanè Naidoo (mentor Sonia Raciti); Sihle Makhanya (mentor Wilma van der Bijl); Taryn Morris (mentor Joan Ramagoshi); Nicole Lamberts (mentor Jo-Ann Strauss) and Chanelle Sardinha (mentor Nicole Flint), personal two favourites to take the title. Current Miss South Africa, Ziphozakhe Zokufa, is also in attendance.

“There are so many things that stand out for me when trying to prepare for the journey including preparing mentally, physically and emotionally but what stands out amongst everything for me is “To Be Yourself”.  People will love you for who you are and will be able to relate to you. This journey is a marvellous experience for a young woman so as much support and anecdotal input will allow her to make informed decisions.”

Nicole Flint who will be mentoring Chanelle Sardinha

““Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor”. This is one of my favourite quotes and basically means that one should be prepared for when the opportunities present themselves. Be well-informed and observant.”

Jo-Ann Strauss‘s advice to her mentee Nicole Lamberts

Some good advice from two of the more memorable former Miss South Africa‘s.

Long-time licence holders of the annual competition, Sun International, repositioned the ‘desperately in need of repositioning’ Miss South Africa pageant in 2013/2014. Paid huge dividends, with Rolene Strauss being crowned Miss South Africa and then Miss World in 2014. Her Miss South Africa crown was taken over by Ziphozakhe Zokufa who recently represented the country at the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss South Africa pageant for 2015 looks in better shape than it did a year or two ago.

Time for the launch segment. Each of the finalists has a chance to present themselves via a pre-recorded video insert and are briefly interviewed on stage by Public Relations Manager of Sun International, Claudia Henkel. Some fall into the cliche answers. Others are naturals. Nicole Lamberts and Chanelle Sardinha stand out as strong contenders for the title. Personal wager is on these two ladies.

Time to network a bit and get hold of a Camembert Spring-roll served with a Fig Dip. Amazingly delicious. Newly-wed Melinda Bam looks gorgeous and is credited for assisting the Miss South Africa finalists with getting their poses and styling right for their official photos, which were revealed earlier on.

The new Miss South Africa 2015 will be crowned at Sun City. Looking forward to being there on 29 March to bring you the updates on the night.

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