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Miss Supranational and last year’s Miss SA Lalela Mswane crowns Limpopo-born Ndavi Nokeri as the new Miss SA. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Miss Supranational and last year’s Miss SA Lalela Mswane crowns Limpopo-born Ndavi Nokeri as the new Miss SA. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

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Limpopo-born beauty and fan favourite Ndavi Nokeri (23) is the new Miss SA.

The Sun International’s flagship venue, the SunBet Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, erupted in a thunder of loud cheers and applause as pageant host Anele Mdoda announced Nokeri as the new Miss SA titleholder.

She walks away with R3 million in prizes, including R1 million in cash from the Miss SA Organisation and the use of a luxury apartment at the posh Waterfall City in Midrand during the year of her reign.

Nokeri’s popularity during the pageant increased when she eloquently answered a question from pageant judge and former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela by saying that she encouraged unity.

To cheers from the crowd she said: 

History is the greatest teacher and to know where you are going, you need to know where you come from. Being a nation that comes from a past of racial segregation, we know that when we were divided, we were at our weakest, so, as Miss SA, I will implore us to stand together and embrace every race, gender and sexuality because in our diversity, we are stronger.


Nokeri’s uBuhle crown, which was unveiled in 2019, is worth R500 000.

Lalela Mswane takes her final walk as Miss SA before handing over the crown. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Singer Makhadzi performs during the Miss SA finale at the SunBet Arena in Pretoria on Saturday. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
The Miss SA top 3 finalists – Ndavi Nokeri, Lebogang Mahlangu and Ayanda Thabethe. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Lalela Mswane embraces Ndavi Nokeri after she won the Miss SA 2022 title. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Ndavi Nokeri celebrates her win with her fellow top 10 contestants. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
Ndavi Nokeri smiles at the audience minutes after being crowned Miss SA. Photo: Rosetta Msimango

Nokeri, who hails from Tzaneen, comes from a staunch Christian family and both her parents are pastors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in investment management from the University of Pretoria, and she was crowned Miss Jozi at Newton Music Factory in Johannesburg in 2019.

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KwaZulu-Natal-born beauty Ayanda Thabethe was Nokeri’s biggest competition on the night and was crowned first runner-up.

The top five also included Luvé Meyer and Tamsyn Jack, who are both from the Western Cape, and Gauteng’s Lebogang Mahlangu.

The judging panel included reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of India.

Popular artists including Boity, Elaine, Heavy K, Lloyiso, Makhadzi, Nadia Nakai, Ndoni and Rouge provided entertainment for the night.

After crowning Nokeri, the outgoing queen, Lalela Mswane, will take over her new duties as Miss Supranational after winning the international pageant in Poland last month.


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