Miss South Africa 2022


Lalela Mswane was crowned the new Miss South Africa for 2021 at a hybrid event at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town in a show packed with glamour, glitz, and global names.


  • Miss South Africa 2021 takes home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth more than R4-million including an apartment in Sandton.
  • The pageant featured an all-women selection panel including respected and influential personalities including reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza.
  • The new Miss South Africa has two siblings – an older sister Hlobisile and brother Mavela.
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Bianca Bezuidenhout, Jeanni Mulder, Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima and Zimi Mabunzi made it into the Top 5 of Miss South Africa 2021. Moving on to the Top 3 of Miss South Africa 2021 were Lalela Mswane, Moratwe Masima and Zimi Mabunzi. Yet there could only be one winner and Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021. The two runners-up were Moratwe Masima, a qualified doctor from Sandton in Gauteng, and BCom Law degree student Zimi Mabunzi from eQonce (King William’s Town) in the Eastern Cape. Both received R175’000.


Lalela Mswane (24) is from KwaSokhulu, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. She 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, to discuss ways of alleviating the growing unemployment problem.


The new Miss South Africa walks away with R1-million in cash as well as a further R3-million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a fully furnished and serviced apartment at the luxurious Central Square Sandton, with fabulous interior décor by Vursa, and a Mercedes Benz C-Class Sedan for the year of her reign.


New Miss South Africa
Lalela Mswane, Miss South Africa 2021, with the two runners-up Moratwe Masima and Zimi Mabunzi. Image: Miss South Africa

My campaign aims to offer support to young people to assist them to create their own employment opportunities by means of entrepreneurial skills and, in doing so, empowering them to be self-sufficient and to secure their own economic futures. I neither take the magnitude of the task lightly nor for granted because I know unemployment is a complex issue. But action towards its reduction is necessary today more than ever. Let us get ready to create and build healthy and sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities, take ownership of and shape our own futures. There’s never been a better time to do so!

// Miss South Africa for 2021, Lalela Mswane


The Ndlovu Youth Choir, which took the US by storm when they became the first choir in the history of America’s Got Talent to make the finals, performed during the live show; award-winning gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo and singer and record producer Zakes Bantwini also took to the stage. Miss South Africa also made history when the reigning titleholders of Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Supranational attended the dazzling pageant finale.


Now, the top 3 finalists will represent South Africa at the world’s three most prestigious pageants – Miss World, Miss Universe, and Miss Supranational. In the following days, Miss South Africa Organisation will decide which candidate will do the best at the respective competitions.


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