No Miss SA pageant this year

2013-06-28 12:05

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There will be no Miss South Africa crowned this year.

The dramatic announcement from Sun International, the owners of the beauty pageant, comes as part of an extensive makeover for the beauty title.

The new national beauty queen will only be crowned in March 2014 instead of the traditional December crowning.

This will mean the titleholder reigns in the year of her appointment.

Said Sue Klerck of Sun International: “It made huge sense to move the pageant from December to March. It allows the title holder to compete internationally at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants, which are typically held during the last two months in the year of their reign.

“Also in previous years, our current title holder has been away competing internationally and was unable to attend the pageant to hand over the crown to the new Miss South Africa.”

A case in point was last December when Melinda Bam, Miss South Africa 2011, was in the US to compete in the Miss Universe finals and the new winner was crowned by her runner-up instead.

Sun International has also announced Bam as National Executive of Miss South Africa Pty Ltd, making her part of the organising team.

She is expected to bring fresh insight and add new projects and intiatives with regards to charity work, sponsorship associations, and preparations for international competitions.

“We will undertake new projects and rebrand Miss South Africa in a way that makes it relatable to the public again, engage the public to grow a new sentiment around the brand and take Miss South Africa back to the people,” she says.

Bam’s profile has been on the rise since she made the Top 10 at Miss Universe and won the title of the Sexiest Woman in the World for 2013 by FHM magazine in South Africa. With all the changes, Marilyn Ramos, the current queen, will enjoy one of the longest reigns in the history of Miss SA. “I am delighted to be the holder of the Miss South Africa sash for an extra three months. I have learned valuable lessons in such a short time thanks to the wonderful opportunities being Miss South Africa 2012 has afforded me and the kindness and generosity of spirit of the many South Africans I have met during my reign,” she says. » Entries for Miss South Africa 2014 open on July 8 2013 and close on August 31 2013. Entry forms will be available online from Monday, July 8 2013, at and

» This story was updated after first published.

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