Ahead of the Miss South Africa 2020 grand finale on 24 October, the top 10 finalists have been spending time in the Mother City.
Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at a spectacular and entertainment-packed event, which takes place on Saturday, October 24, from 17:00 and which will be screened live on M-Net, Mzansi Magic and streamed for an international audience.
During their stay, the finalists visited well-known landmarks in the city, including Robben Island and Table Mountain. The ladies also had the opportunity to meet former Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans Curd and celebrity chef Siba Mtongana.
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Speaking to Channel24, Aphelele Mbiyo says: "Cape Town has been a combination of beautiful eye-opening experiences. After production week, we spent time touring on the city sightseeing bus where we visited Long Street, Camps Bay and Table Mountain among other sites. We visited Robben Island, which left an impression on us all. Seeing the conditions some of our leaders were forced to live under reminded me of the importance of fighting against injustice and using our voices."
Busisiwe Mmotla tells us: "This is my second visit. The first time I was working so I never went sightseeing. I have been blown away - Cape Town is both beautiful and calming. I am torn between moving in with Jordan (who is a Capetonian) and going back to Joburg! This city forces you to take in every moment and to slow down."
Jordan van der Vyver, who is from Cape Town, says: "One of my favourite days was on my birthday when we went to Khayelitsha with Brand SA to see the amazing accomplishments of individuals who are making a massive change in their community like Xolisa's community garden centre, Siki's Kofee Kafe, Principal Nwabisa's school and the Masibulele Educate Centre."
This is Thato Moshele's third time visiting Cape Town, and she says: "The Mother City is just like a fine wine that gets better and more mature with age! This current trip was my longest stay though and allowed me to appreciate the essence of this lovely city."
About how she has been enjoying her time in the Mother City Natasha Joubert says: "Cape Town has been full of adventure, different weather, excursions and wonderful people. We have done everything a typical tourist would do including my first visit to Robben Island which was such an eye opener and something I found incredibly emotional. Being in Cape Town as part of the Miss South Africa family and sharing the experiences with other people, has been different for me than previous times I've visited. It has been a celebration of the rainbow nation. This journey has made me look at my life differently."
South Africa is now regarded as one of the leading pageant countries in the world - Rolene Strauss, 2014 (Miss World winner); Liesl Laurie, 2015 (Miss World top 10 and Continental Queen of Africa); Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, 2017 (Miss Universe winner) Adé van Heerden, 2017 (Miss World Top 10); Tamaryn Green, 2018 (Miss Universe first princess and Zozibini Tunzi, 2019 (Miss Universe winner).
For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, the contestants who make the top 3 will represent the country at the world's three most prestigious pageants. Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World, but will also now be fielding a candidate at Miss Supranational.
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