Nomzamo Mbatha to host Miss South Africa finale

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  • TV personality Nomzamo Mbatha has been announced as the host of Miss South Africa 2020.
  • Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at The Table Bay hotel on Saturday, 24 October from 17:00.
  • The event will be screened live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic and will also be streamed live for an international audience.


TV personality Nomzamo Mbatha has been announced as the host of this year's Miss South Africa pageant.

It will be the first time that the South African actress and businesswoman will host the pageant.

Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at The Table Bay hotel in an entertainment-packed event on Saturday, 24 October from 17:00. The event will be screened live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic and will also be streamed live for an international audience.

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Nomzamo, in her role as UN Eminent High-Level Champion on Gender Equality, recently delivered a lauded speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. 

The theme of the UN meeting was "Accelerating the realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls".

Due to her remarkable work with UNHCR Africa, Nomzamo was appointed as a UNHCR Global Goodwill Ambassador in January 2019. She also spoke at the UN headquarters, during a meeting for the Africa Dialogue series, in May 2019. In October 2018 she addressed the UN executive team in Geneva, Switzerland, on the importance of educating young girls. 

A household name not just in South Africa, but on the continent as a whole, Nomzamo, who has a BCom accounting degree from the University of Cape Town, moved to Los Angeles last year to expand her international career. She is set to star in the sequel Coming 2 America, alongside Hollywood heavyweights Eddie Murphy, Leslie Jones and Wesley Snipes. The movie is scheduled to be hit theatres on 18 December 2020.

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Nomzamo reveals that she has always been a huge fan of the Miss South Africa pageant and so it is a dream come true to host this year's show: "What the pageant has done in being a reflection of beauty, depth and power, not only for South African women but women all over the world, is something I truly admire." 

Her advice to this year's top 10: "Set your intentions, let your light shine and know that your superpower is being your truest self!"

Says Stephanie Weil, CEO of the Miss South Africa Organisation: "It is a coup for Miss South Africa to have Nomzamo host the pageant. We are passionate about celebrating young women and believe that Nomzamo, with all she has achieved, is a perfect fit to host the pageant and an inspiration for all." 

Miss South Africa 2020 will take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth in excess of R3 million. 

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