Miss South Africa 2015: Meet the 12 finalists

By Drum Digital
15 January 2015

One of these 12 gorgeous young women will be Miss South Africa 2015.

The 12 finalists vying for the Miss South Africa 2015 title have been announced.

The finale will take place at the Sun City Superbowl on on the 29th of March and will be broadcast live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

Former Miss South Africa and  PR Manager for Sun International Claudia Henkel believes the competition is fierce this year.

“We believe we have a very strong Top 12. A group of young women who are passionate about competing and who have the intelligence, dedication and attitude to be a winner," says Henkel.

Gauteng has 7 representatives, three emerge from the Western Cape while Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga have one each.

The hopefuls for the title are:

Busi Mahlangu, 23, Mpumalanga

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Busi is a a 3rd year Economics student at the University of South Africa.

Why she wants to be the next Miss SA:

"Women and youth empowerment has always been a topic close to my heart. I would like to be the agent of change to help uplift the overall life of women in society which can be achieved through the Miss South Africa brand."

Chanelle Sardinha, 23, Gauteng

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Chanelle is an actress and model who recently completed her Honours degree in BA Dramatic Arts at Wits University.

Why she wants to be the next Miss SA:

"I would love to be Miss South Africa because I know who I am and what my country stands for. I pride myself in being approachable, compassionate, humble and enthusiastic."

Danelle de Wet, 21, Western Cape

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Danelle is a first year B Com Marketing Student at the IMM Graduate School of Marketing

Her message to young girls and young women in the South Africa:

"You are more powerful than you know. This mostly applies to the young women in the world but can be a message to all. Young women in this country, regardless of their background, need to realise their worth and their potential."

Gugulethu Banda, 21, Gauteng

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Gugulethu is a first year student at the University of Johannesburg and is studying BA Tourism Development.

Her message to young girls and young women in South Africa:

"We are very privileged to have been given the ability, as well as the opportunities, to be exactly what we want to be. With that said anything is possible when you have a positive mind-set to match the capacity of your dreams"

Kim Wentzel, 24, Gauteng

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Kim is an assistant fashion buyer for Edcon but is also studying for an advanced Diploma in Marketing Management at the South African Institute of Marketing Management.

Her role model:

"Oprah Winfrey. She sets an extremely high standard. Her past has not deterred her from setting, reaching and maintaining high standards, and rising above her painfully difficult childhood."

Liesl Laurie, 23, Gauteng

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Liesl is a volunteer and model who has graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a B Com General degree.

Previous Miss SA who inspires her:

"Bokang Montjane. She was born and raised in a village called Ga-Mphahlele in Limpopo and won the prestigious title, showing that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but what matters is where you are going."

Nicole Lamberts. 24, Western Cape

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Nicole is currently studying her final and honours year in Occupational Therapy at Stellenbosch University.

One thing people would be surprised to know about her:

"I love collecting spoons; interesting spoons and those that my grandma has treasured over the years. I brought back spoons from my travels abroad. It’s different and a quite surprising hobby of mine."

Ntsiki Mkhize, 23, Gauteng

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Ntsiki is a Partnerships and Events Manager at Small Business Connect and has a B Com in Marketing Management as well as a B Com Honours in Logistics Management from the University of Johannesburg

Previous Miss SA who inspires her:

"Basetsana Kumalo. I believe she embodies the essence of a Miss South Africa and is an example of beauty with substance. She is a philanthropist, a shrewd business woman and a proud South African. I am inspired by her resilience and staying power. Years after her crowning, she remains a relevant Miss South Africa title holder."

 Refilwe Mthimunye, 22, Gauteng 

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Refilwe is a model and third year LLB student at the University of South Africa.

Her role model:

"My mother.  She motivates me on a daily basis to be the best I can.  She not only shows me the right way of doing things, but also tries to be the best person she can be. For me she is a true leader, someone who leads by example."

Shane Naidoo, 22, Gauteng

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Shané is a  third year Industrial Engineering student at Wits University.

What she does in her spare time:

"I enjoy keeping active. I work out at the gym and attend power boxing classes or I jog with my mom. I also enjoy getting lost in a good book when I have time to myself, which allows me to unwind and relax."

Sihle Makhanya, 23, KwaZulu-Natal

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Sihle is a junior Quantity Surveyor Technician intern at Makhanya's Services and is completing her Quantity Surveyor diploma part-time.

Previous Miss SA who inspires her:

Tatum Keshwar, I met her when I was at a low point in my life. She spoke about positivity which changed how I looked at myself as a woman and as a South African. She empowered me and that is how a Miss South Africa should be. I doubt she remembers this incident, but I do and that’s the impact I’d like to have on young girls and on Miss South Africa."

Taryn Morris, 25, Western Cape

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Taryn is a part-time model and a Brand Manager and Marketing Co-ordinator at a fashion distribution company and has graduated with a B Com Marketing degree from Varsity College.

Why she wants to be the next Miss SA:

"I am a determined, compassionate, well-educated and a strong independent woman with a big personality who’s not afraid to speak her mind. I believe that inner beauty is as important and I would find it extremely fulfilling to be able to influence my country in a positive way, and to help those in need and to inspire other South Africans to do the same."

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