Sandton hopefuls Olin-Shae De La Cruz (27) and Dr Moratwe Masima (24) are in the Miss South Africa Top 30 and are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2021.
- The Top 30 is an impressive and diverse group including two medical doctors, an attorney, a commercial pilot, an environmental specialist as well as models, graduates, and students.
- Some Miss South Africa Top 30 finalists have started their own businesses.
- There is also the first transgender woman – Lehlogonolo Machaba from North West – to openly enter the Miss South Africa pageant.
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Representing Sandton in the Miss South Africa 2021 pageant are Moratwe Masima from Atholl, Sandton who is a qualified medical doctor doing her first year of internship at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital. She is an aspiring plastic and reconstructive surgeon who would love to meet the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden as she is in awe of how she has handled the global pandemic and how she always puts the livelihood of her citizens first.
Hailing from Bryanston, Olin-Shae De La Cruz (Voting No: 23) obtained a higher certification in journalism and went on to get a Bachelors in Business Administration degree and in Media Operations Management. She is the co-founder of a marketing company called Swish EP, works as an account manager for a media and advertising company, and is a netball coach on the weekends with Action Kidz South Africa.
This year’s pageant welcomes back two other contestants who have entered before, including Kgothatso Dithebe who was Top 5 in 2019 and Catherine Groenewald who was Top 30 in 2019. The balance of the Miss South Africa 2021 Top 30 contestants come from around the country including 12 from Gauteng, followed by the Western Cape with 7, Kwa Zulu-Natal with 4, the Eastern Cape with 3 and the Free State with 2, while North West and Limpopo each have 1 entrant.
For the next few weeks, they will be out to impress this year’s Top 30 and Top 10 judges who are all former Miss South Africa titleholders with Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (2010) and Liesl Laurie (2015), who judged last year, being joined by first-time judges Melinda Bam (2011) and Tamaryn Green (2018).
The public is now the fifth judge in selecting our Top 10 finalists and will have from now until midnight on July 21 to vote for their favourite contestants. Each entrant has a number that members of the public can use to vote for on the Miss South Africa website.
Joining Olin-Shae De La Cruz and Dr Moratwe Masima in the Top 30 (in alphabetical order) are:
Andile Mazibuko (23) comes from eMabedlane in Ulundi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and is a final year homeopathy student at the Durban University of Technology. In her spare time, she enjoys writing in her journal, reading, listening to music, dancing, going on solo dates and improving her make-up skills.
Voting No: 1
Ané Oosthuysen (23) is from Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, and is currently working as an assistant teacher at a primary school while also studying for her PGCE teaching qualification. She also has a BA degree in psychology and sociology and honours degrees in psychology and medical sociology from North-West University
Voting No: 2
Bianca Bezuidenhout (22) hails from Strand in Cape Town, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing communications, and is currently completing her honours in media studies. She is also a dance instructor as well as a business owner of her own swimwear company called She Succeeds.
Voting No: 3
Catherine Groenewald (23) is from Constantia in Cape Town and is in her final year of a B Com visual communications degree, majoring in graphic design. She is also a barre fitness instructor and a full-time model with Topco Models. During the lockdown, she started an online business called Delish Bakery.
Voting No: 4
Cheneil Hartzenberg (24) comes from Meredale, Johannesburg in Gauteng, and is a commercial pilot and senior flight instructor in a managerial role at a flight school. She completed a digital marketing course with UCT online last year and is currently studying for her airline transport pilot license.
Voting No: 5
Danielle Marais (24), hails from Randburg in Johannesburg and has a B Com Honours Degree Cum Laude in entrepreneurship and marketing management. She is a brand manager across 14 African countries and the CEO and founder of the charity, Walk in Freedom. She likes to draw, read, hike and spend time with people.
Voting No: 6
Eloïse van der Westhuizen (26) comes from Panorama, Cape Town in the Western Cape. She holds a B Com Management Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch and has an Honours degree in logistics/supply chain management. She completed both degrees Cum Laude and is a business intelligence analyst and part-time model at Twenty Model Management.
Voting No: 7
Ferini Dayal (26) is from Kensington South, Johannesburg, and has a biomedical sciences degree, majoring in physiology, and a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery degree – both from the University of Witwatersrand. After a two-year internship at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, she is now a community service doctor in Vosloorus at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital.
Voting No: 8
Itumeleng Baloyi (23) comes from Seshego in Limpopo and is a full-time student completing her B Tech/advanced diploma in project management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is also a part-time junior site manager at an engineering, company as well as a digital creator and freelance model. She loves seafood and her grandmother’s morogo.
Voting No: 9
Jamie Cloete (23) lives in Edgemead, Cape Town. She has a Bachelor of Social Science degree from UCT and an Honours degree in environmental and geographical studies from the University of Stellenbosch. She would love to meet Barbara Creecy, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, to discuss environmental challenges and how to create a sustainable difference to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.
Voting No: 10
Jeanni Mulder (24) from Sea Point, Cape Town, is a full-time model and describes herself as compassionate, strong-willed and genuine. She credits her mom for being her role model who has taught her to fight hard, love deeply and never to be afraid of being passionate about what makes you happy. In her spare time, she loves to do anything artsy, watch TV and play Texas Holdem Poker.
Voting No: 11
Kaylan Matthews (25) is from Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape and is in her final year of a Bachelors in Human Movement Science at the Nelson Mandela University. She has a huge love for exercise and living a healthy, wholesome lifestyle and wants to use her degree to motivate people to accept themselves and learn to love their bodies and fall in love with exercise and all its benefits.
Voting No: 12
Keashel van der Merwe (22) hails from Discovery, Roodepoort in Gauteng, and is an independent make-up artist. She enjoys reading books aimed at strengthening the mind and emotional maturity as well as inspirational material and says the best thing about South Africa is the nature of the people, its diversity, the culture, the food and the art.
Voting No: 13
Kgaketsang Mathobisa (22) comes from Bochabela, Bloemfontein, and is a third-year student at the University of the Free State pursuing a BA in integrated organisational communication. In her spare time, when she’s not catching up on her reading, she loves spending time working on improving her make-up skills. Her aunt’s signature lasagne is her favourite food.
Voting No: 14
Kgatlhiso Modisane (27) is from Dorandia, Pretoria is Gauteng, and is an admitted attorney working in the banking industry. She is also a part-time student, studying for a qualification in taxation with the hopes of becoming a registered tax practitioner. Her role model is Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who, she says, has truly inspired her to strive to be an ethical legal professional.
Voting No: 15
Kgothatso Dithebe (26) comes from Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng. She is currently studying towards an LLB law degree and also runs her own company that deals with construction and the supply of goods and services. In her spare time, she goes to the gym, plays netball and loves trying out new recipes. She says her single biggest achievement was buying her first property this year.
Voting No: 16
Lalela Mswane (24) is from KwaSokhulu, Richards Bay in Kwa Zulu-Natal, is a model and dancer and has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria. She describes herself as graceful, tenacious and meticulous and says she would love to meet the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to discuss ways of alleviating the growing unemployment problem.
Voting No: 17
Lehlogonolo Machaba (24), who comes from Oskraal, Letlhabile in the North West, holds a diploma in fashion design technology from the Tshwane University of Technology. She works as a model booker at Invade Models and is the founder and owner of the DeMollies fashion brand. In her spare time, she volunteers at a local LGBTQIA centre, helping young people complete university and job applications.
Voting No: 18
Licalle Isaacs (22) is from Plumstead in Cape Town. She graduated in hospitality management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she is currently doing her advanced diploma in events management. She likes watching documentaries, comedies and movies as well as trying out different restaurants. Her favourite meal is a medium-rare steak with mushroom sauce and a side of baked potato with melted butter.
Voting No: 19
Lisanne Lazarus (25), from Amanzimtoti in KwaZulu Natal is a PR and brand officer for a local radio station. Her role models are Basetsana Khumalo, “because of how she used the platform of Miss South Africa as the springboard to the rest of her life” and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, “a woman who grew up in a traditional home but chose the unconventional route”. She says her guilty pleasure is “ice cream at midnight”.
Voting No: 20
Mawusive Sibutha (24) lives in Bloemfontein in the Free State, but is representing the Eastern Cape, where her family live in Ntabankulu. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences and majored in psychology and industrial psychology at the University of the Free State. But, due to the high unemployment rate as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, she decided to tap into her artistic side and start a picnic set-up business.
Voting No: 21
Pearl Ntshehi (24) comes from Mamelodi and lives in Centurion, Gauteng. She is a BCom Law and an LLB graduate currently doing her BCom honours and hopes to become an admitted legal practitioner. She says her single biggest achievement was being the first female president at her university, which moulded her to being the young woman she is today.
Voting No: 24
Precious Mndalama (23) comes from Soshanguve, Pretoria in Gauteng and is a third-year law student at Unisa. She describes herself as ambitious, passionate and fun and says her role model and person she would most like to meet is Naomi Campbell, because she is a very successful international model and activist who contributes to, and participates in, social inequalities in her own country as well as others.
Voting No: 25
Pumeza Zibi (24), comes from Heideveld, Cape Town in the Western Cape and graduated with a BTech in Public Relations Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She says the one thing people would be surprised to know about her is that she grew up a huge Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment fan and that her guilty pleasure is watching cat videos on YouTube.
Voting No: 26
Savannah De Almeida (23) comes from Hillcrest, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, and is a social media and digital marketing specialist. She says that beauty pageants are more than just hair and makeup and outward beauty and encourage women to embrace their unique individuality and help them to become successful businesswomen. The one thing she would like to change about South Africa is to put an end to gender-based violence.
Voting No: 27
Tiffany Francis (22) who comes from Mulbarton, Johannesburg, is the owner of Tiffany K Models as well as a professional model and fashion design student. Her role models are her mom and late aunt, both of whom taught her the value of having resilience and empathy. Her ideal break would be a week in Italy with Frank Sinatra playlists, beaches and eating pizza for days on end and her guilty pleasure is cheesecake.
Voting No: 28
Tshegofatso Molefe (26), comes from Kestell in the Free State but lives in Maritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal. She holds an LLB degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has also completed one year of her Masters in Advanced Criminal Justice. She is currently working as a criminal law defence candidate attorney at Legal Aid South Africa while waiting to be admitted as an attorney of the High Court.
Voting No: 29
Zimi Mabunzi (26) comes from eQonce (King William’s Town), in the Eastern Cape and is a student at the Nelson Mandela University in her final year of a BCom Law degree. She says she has a huge passion for music and would love to study it one day and make music of her own. In her spare time, she loves to work out, sing and cook and her favourite meal isumphokoqo and umngqusho.
Voting No: 30
The Top 10 will be announced at a date to be announced. More information at www.misssa.co.za
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