Miss SA 2021 faces off against legendary cricketer Vernon Philander in money-savvy TV game show

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Lalela Mswane
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  • Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane will take part in the season 2 premiere of the Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show on Sunday, 10 July.
  • The KwaZulu-Natal-born model faces off against legendary cricketer Vernon Philander in a special celebrity episode.
  • Miss SA 2021 also shared four key financial insights she has learned over the years.


Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane will be in the spotlight on Sunday, 10 July, when she tests her money knowledge on the premier of the financial education TV quiz show, the Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show

The KwaZulu-Natal-born model and philanthropist, paired with UCT Online High School student, Zoe Petersen, faces off against legendary cricketer Vernon Philander in a special celebrity episode. 

Viewers can expect fireworks as these two super-competitive South African stars battle it out for bragging rights and R50 000 for their chosen charity. 

Both stars will be playing alongside students who are recipients of a Sanlam UCT Online High School Scholarship – an initiative aimed at helping academically talented young South Africans reach their full potential. Philander's partner will be Tahirah Naicker.

Zoe Petersen and Miss SA face-off against Tahirah
Zoe Petersen and Miss SA face-off against Tahirah Naicker and Vernon Philander.

For Lalela, improving the financial education levels of South Africans is a priority. She is on a mission to be "a fierce world warrior improving the lives of others" and is passionate about sharing her knowledge – including her journey to financial confidence.

So, Vernon Philander had better watch out. He may be known for his fighting spirit and fast-medium bowling style, but Lalela is a tough competitor, as she's proved in countless competitions. 

Here are four key financial insights from Miss SA:

1. Philosophy:

The 25-year-old says she learned some valuable money life lessons the hard way. Now, her philosophy is to be circumspect, "Don't spend money you don't have. I'm a firm believer in that."

2. Lessons from her dad:

The self-described 'budget queen' says that she learned most of her financial knowledge from her parents, especially her father, who was an economist. "He really taught us the value of money. I wasn't just given money loosely. If I wanted something, I saved for it. There are a lot of lessons that were imparted."

3. Save, save, save:

The biggest lesson Lalela learned from her family was the importance of saving. "My mom always told my siblings and me to save – no matter how little you may be making. I think sometimes we're trapped into thinking, 'I earn so little anyway, there's no need for me to save'. But you need to save the little you have whenever you can – you just find a way to make it possible."

4. Disruptive financial education:

She's excited to be on Moola Money because of the platform it creates for fun, disruptive financial education. For Lalela, informed money management means empowerment. And empowerment is what this go-getter is all about. Her Lalela Mswane Foundation aims to empower parentless youths through mentorship and skills training.

Season two of the Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show promises sweeter – sometimes 'spicy' – family interactions, brilliant host banter from Tyson Ngubeni and Nicolette Mashile, and confidence rules to live by from helpful Sanlam financial advisers. 

Sanlam Moola-Money Family Game Show airs on SABC 2 on 10 July 2022 at 19:30 with repeats the following Sunday at 14:00.

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