Meet Miss SA 2014

By Drum Digital
31 March 2014

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.


Why did you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will bring to the role?

When someone says “South Africa” I get goosebumps. I have this fire of passion burning inside me for our country. The opportunities I have received have made me who I am today and I’ve realised there is so much to give, to our country and our people. Miss South Africa is all about giving. One of the greatest gifts anyone can receive is the gift of a healthy life. With my passion for giving, people and health, I will be able to contribute to one of the most important things any country desires – health for all.

Which previous Miss SA has inspired you?

Jo-Anne Strauss. I remember meeting her as a nine-year-old girl in my hometown, Volksrust in Mpumalanga. She brought Miss SA to the people and is still making a change in the lives of others. She’s the perfect example of a beautiful, strong woman who became Miss SA, went back to university, finished her studies and is using all her opportunities since her crowning 13 years ago. I would love to be one of her successors.

Who are your role models?

Professor Jonathan Jansen, the rector of the University of the Free State, is one the most outspoken, down-to-earth, passionate people’s persons I’ve met. He’s not afraid to stand for what he believes in, he loves what he does and gives of himself to his students. I can testify that he wants the best for his students and supports them in all they do. We can all learn from Prof Jansen. Love what you do, stay humble and let the light shine on others.

Tell us a bit more about your family?

I was blessed with the most amazing and supportive family! My mom studied nursing and my dad medicine at the University of the Free State. He met my mom when she was working in the wards at Universitas Hospital and started charming her.  Like a fairy tale, they fell in love, got married and eventually wanted to start a family. After five long years (and most of their savings), I popped out of a test tube. A year after my birth my brother was, as my mom says, “sent from heaven”. We’re a very close family and support each other in everything we do. My brother and I grew up in Volksrust. He’s a third-year quantity surveying student at Kovsies as well and plays rugby for the under-21 Griquas team. My dad, from whom I’ve learnt to have a passion for people, is practicing medicine and my beautiful mom is a housewife in Volksrust, Mpumalanga.

What do you do in your spare time?

My mom used to tell me that the more you do, the more you get done. I’ve always been busy – I love playing golf, exercising, going to the movies in Bloem (probably because Volksrust doesn’t have a mall or movies!), reading inspirational books and listening to educational audio books.

2014 is the year in which SA celebrates its 20th year of democracy – what does that mean to you?

It’s another reminder of our rich cultural history, potential, power and diversity. We struggled through our obstacles, stood up after difficult times and gave hope to so many countries where equality is a struggle. This shows us that we are capable of great things and we are resilient.

What is your message to young women in South Africa?

We as women have soft and sympathetic souls. We are the ones who give hope, love and comfort. Let us use those qualities.

If you could meet one person as Miss South Africa, who would it be and why?

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. She’s a trained medical doctor and has a passion for health and giving through the Motsepe Foundation. She is also the chairperson of African Fashion International (AFI) where her dream is to take young people from townships and rural areas, give them skills and show them what they can be. She is a true inspiration and an example of what a hardworking woman can achieve in South Africa.

What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m the University of the Free State’s first successful test tube baby.

What are you reading?

Apart from my obstetrics and surgery handbooks, I like reading inspirational books. I've recently read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

What’s on your iPod?

Music is the one thing that can instantly create a certain vibe. I like different music in different situations - golden oldies, country music, Bellamy Brothers, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Ben Howard, Jack Johnson, Mango Groove, Theuns Jordaan, Riana Nel, Retief Burger, Hillsong and Enya.

Your favourite TV show?

Having the time to watch TV shows is rare, but when I get the chance I like watching Grey's Anatomy and Bones.

Your favourite meal?

My mom’s oxtail and stamp mielies. It may be because it makes me think of home and family time or simply because it’s just so yummy!

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