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