Behind the scenes of The Road to Miss SA

By Drum Digital
18 February 2014

We take you behind the scenes of The Road to Miss SA which captures all the glamour and excitement in the build-up to the 56th Miss South Africa pageant, to be staged at Sun City on 30 March.

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Miss South Africa is presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C.

Spiders, birds of prey, bumpy safari rides and baking – these are just some of the things the Miss SA finalists had to deal with on their boot camp at Sun City ahead of the Miss South Africa finale on 30 March.

During the filming of The Road to Miss SA reality TV series, Anzél Stofberg showed she definitely doesn’t suffer from arachnophobia when she got up close and personal with a big, hairy spider. In fact, many of the competitors handled the insects better than they did applying lipstick during a bumpy safari ride through the bush!

Anzél, a 22-year-old accounting honours student from Stellenbosch, admits the filming has been challenging but ultimately rewarding. “Magic happens outside of your comfort zone. You have to take chances sometimes,” Anzél says. “If you want to grow as a person and be a better you, say yes to the risks!”

Bloemfontein’s Dipalesa Mbola, who fitted in boot camp while doing an honours degree in business management, says she’s been made to feel like a princess.

“The crew has been wonderful and I’ve loved all the styling and the beauty and fashion elements of some of the challenges,” Dipalesa says. “I admit I’ve also been a bit star-struck around presenter Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp.”

The 12 finalists also had a chance to show off their baking skills when they were tasked with making pancakes and cupcakes.

It wasn’t all fun and games, though. The Miss SA finalists worked long hours, often in gruelling conditions – such as the night shoot challenge which saw them walking the catwalk in pelting rain.

There were heartwarming, moments too, such as when they travelled to the Thari Mmekega Orphanage, a Sun International CSI project, where they delivered cakes to 74 children. It was an emotional afternoon for the girls as they bonded with the kids and listened to one boy, whose parents died of Aids when he was a baby, read a poignant poem he had written.

“It took me back to my childhood memories of being a child in a village near Ga-Masemola,” Limpopo’s Matlala Mokoko, currently a B Com student, says.

Cape Town’s Jade Hubner reveals she’s just like the rest of us: “The food has been absolutely delicious! I am already a few kilograms heavier.”


Don’t miss The Road to Miss South Africa on Sundays at 5.30 pm on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) to see the build-up to the 56th Miss South Africa pageant to be held at Sun City on 30 March. Miss South Africa is presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C.

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