Beauties, brainiacs vie to be Miss SA

2011-12-03 17:01

But they do panic when quizzed

Remember the Miss South Africa ­contestant who couldn’t name South Africa’s nine provinces, and thought Joburg and Cape Town were part of the list?

Lwandle Ngwenya, who was a law student up until two months ago, named Cape Town and Johannesburg as two of SA’s provinces on the reality series The Road To Miss SA.

She ­instantly gained the same infamy as Chris “Don’t touch me on my studio” Maroleng.

The 21-year-old is now a finalist, with a 12-to-one chance of sashaying off with the sash and crown.

When City Press quizzed her about the faux pas, she replied: “I was ­nervous on the day. Bridget (Masinga, the presenter) caught me as I was about to walk in to see the judges. It’s no excuse but I panicked and said that, but when she said those are cities I went back to correct myself, but that was not what the viewers saw because that whole part was edited out.”

Ngwenya is facing tough competition. The Top 12 boasts electrical ­engineering student Remona Moodley from ­Durban, medical student Rolene Strauss from Mpumalanga and Joburg’s Pinky Mathope, a metallurgy (metal science) engineering student.

Joining the brainiacs are marketing students Melinda Bam from Pretoria, the Vaal’s Thuli Sangweni
and Joburg’s Sian Schleusch; Pretoria-based model Freida du Plessis, who is a teacher; Lerato Mokoena, a tourism graduate; Caylene Marais, a life and performance coach; law student and model Tamerin Jardine; and former professional surfer turned PR officer Grace Rheeders.

They compete for the crown next Sunday at Sun City. The pageant will be broadcast live on Mzansi Magic at 5.30pm.

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