21-year-old Rolene Strauss takes the Miss SA title

By admin
30 March 2014

A radiant Rolene Strauss has been crowned Miss South Africa 2014 at a glittering ceremony held at the Sun City Superbowl, presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C.

A radiant Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss South Africa 2014 at a glittering ceremony at the Sun City Superbowl on Sunday 30 March. The pageant was presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C. Ziphozakhe Zokufa from the Eastern Cape was crowned 1st Princess and Limpopo’s Matlala Mokoko was crowned 2nd Princess.

An excited and overwhelmed Rolene, a medical student from Bloemfontein, said she was truly humbled and grateful to win the title and to be the first to wear the glittering new Palesa crown designed for the pageant.

“Oh, how I love South Africa!” Rolene said in her Miss South Africa acceptance speech. “I can live, speak, learn and love freely. My dreams are developed and become reality here. Our country is my pride and my purpose has and will always lie within it. “Not only does the Miss South Africa title have the ability to take me places, but I will also learn from the women who walked this path before me. I am who I am today because of our country and the opportunities I have received from her generous hand. For me this will be a year of giving back, giving thanks and being a true example of the potential women and all South Africans can have in our country.

'I am who I am today because of our country and the opportunities I have received from her generous hand'

“My passion for Miss South Africa and health is connected. Together with the sponsors’ initiatives such as Cell C's Take a Girl Child to Work Day, which I will be putting my name to, I’d love to get different health disciplines involved and emphasise the importance of women’s health and its empowering effect on our everyday lives. We are capable of so much more when we are healthy – physically, mentally and emotionally.”

Sun International’s Alison McKie said: “I think the new Miss South Africa is truly representative of the Rainbow Nation and we are sure she will go on to make a meaningful contribution to the lives of many South Africans as we celebrate 20 years of democracy.”

Suzette van der Merwe, Executive: Commercial Communications Cell C, said:  “Congratulations to the newly crowned Miss South Africa 2014. Rolene embodies Cell C’s ‘Believe’ manifesto – that if you can dream it you can achieve it. At Cell C our vision is to support bold, confident and beautiful women. May this year’s winner inspire a nation and make a difference.”

As Miss South Africa 2014 Rolene has won cash, a car and products valued at more than R1,3 million. She also gets thousands of rands in cash and study bursaries to award to South Africans she meets during her reign. Cell C is also giving Rolene access to R200 000 to spend on random acts of kindness.

The Miss South Africa judges were Amy Kleinhans-Curd, Miss South Africa 1992; magazine editor, poet and writer Kojo Baffoe; TV presenter, model and cosmetics brand ambassador Bonang Matheba; high-profile radio personality and TV presenter Anele Mdoda; and Pnina Fenster, editor of Glamour magazine.

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PALESA CROWN

The magnificent platinum Miss SA crown has been named Palesa and was especially created for the Miss SA pageant by Jack Friedman Jewellers. The precious metal in the crown comes from Anglo American Platinum.

MISS SA PRIZE PACKAGE

The Miss SA 2014 prize winner’s package includes:

  • A Volvo V40 T3 – R335 000
  • Use of a fully furnished and serviced apartment for the year of her reign – R240 000
  • Africology products and spa services – R130 000
  • Sun International cash prize – R120 000
  • Call It Spring shoes – R120 000
  • Exclusive Dry Cleaners services  – R100 000
  • Smashbox makeup – R90 000
  • Professional  Impressions image and etiquette training  – R80 000
  • Sun International Dreams all-expenses paid getaway – R80 000
  • Cell C airtime contract – R60 000
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 inch tablet – R4 000

Cell C is also giving Miss SA 2014 access to R200 000 to spend on random acts of kindness.

Varsity College has donated two bursaries valued at R330 000 for Miss South Africa to award to two economically disadvantaged students to study towards a full degree or diploma qualification on a full-time basis for a maximum of three years at Varsity College. There are also 10 short learning programme bursaries for Miss SA to award to NGOs or charitable institutions valued at R150 000.

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