Polls predict Ndavi Nokeri as a 'hot favourite' for Miss Universe pageant

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Ndavi Nokeri.
Ndavi Nokeri.
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  • Reigning Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri has been predicted as a 'hot favourite' for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant on social media polls. 
  • The beauty queen says she is on track with her preparations and working hard. 
  • The 71st Miss Universe pageant takes place on Saturday, 14 January, in New Orleans and will broadcast live on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 03:00 on Sunday. 

As the 71st Miss Universe pageant draws closer, reigning Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri has been predicted as a "hot favourite" by social media polls.

The Miss Universe pageant takes place on Saturday, 14 January, in the United States and will be broadcast live on 1Magic (DStv 103) at 03:00 on Sunday, 15 January. Harnaaz Sandhu of India will crown her successor at the end of the event.

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According to a statement by the Miss South Africa organisation, online sites such as Philstar.com, Missiology and Miss Universe Predications identified Nokeri as "one of the front-runners, and she is a hot favourite with Miss Universe fans and followers".

Nokeri, who is in New Orleans – where the pageant is being held – says it has been wonderful meeting and getting to know her fellow contestants, adding that her preparations are on track and that she is working hard.

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Ndavi Nokeri

The beauty queen also said former Miss SA and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi had given her advice she took to heart - to be confident and her authentic self.

Apart from Tunzi, former Miss SA titleholder Demi-Leigh Tebow was crowned Miss Universe in 2017, while Tamaryn Green-Nxumalo was crowned the first runner-up a year later and Lalela Mswane the second runner-up in 2021.

"I also appreciate the wonderful support from all South Africans," she says in a press statement. "I will be flying the flag high when I walk onto the Miss Universe stage, and I am determined to give it my all, just as I did when I entered the Miss South Africa pageant."

The 71st edition of the pageant is hosted by TV host and stylist Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, while Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and entertainment reporter Zuri Hall serve as backstage correspondents.

It is the pageant's first staging with an all-female presenting panel and under the ownership of the Thailand-based JKN Global Group, which purchased the Miss Universe Organisation rights from WME/IMG last year.

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