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The elegant Bini is also launching her Zozibini Tunzi Foundation - its pillars are women, children and educational things that are very close to her heart. Photo: Rosetta Msimango
The elegant Bini is also launching her Zozibini Tunzi Foundation - its pillars are women, children and educational things that are very close to her heart. Photo: Rosetta Msimango


Former Miss SA and Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi welcomed the media into her penthouse apartment in Sandton.

The idea was to have a cocktail party while engaging with the local icon and perusing a penthouse at the top of the classy-looking Acsiopolis building. A real mink and manure affair.

Tunzi does enjoy the swanky upmarket accommodations. She explains what she is particularly drawn to.

“First of all, security, especially being a woman in South Africa. We also have a device on our phones that allows you into the lift and the house. Secondly, because I am also such a homebody, so when I am not working, my relaxation time is really my relaxation time.

I don’t go out a lot. Being able to have the deli downstairs where I can just go grocery shopping, or if I’m hungry, there’s a restaurant, if I want to go to a spa, or if I’m feeling a little sick, there’s a doctor downstairs.”

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 She is fresh off the back of crowning a new Miss SA in Ndavi Nokeri whom she spoke of dotingly.

I was a judge so, I 100% approve. Ndavi is incredible. South Africa has a range of immaculate women, I think that by virtue of being South African, you are incredible. She [Nokeri] is very intelligent as well and she is beautiful. I mean, have you seen that face?

“We were just having a conversation with the guests, she has this cute, sweet, beautiful but still very sassy side to her and I love that. It is hard to find that combination, but, most importantly, she is aware of the world about her surroundings and social issues.”

Tunzi, wearing simple but chic brown pants and a white blouse combo with poison green stiletto heels, has made the seamless transition to being at centre stage and now judging the Miss South Africa beauty pageant.

She enjoys engaging with the hopefuls and always asks them to think deeply, posing questions like, what it is that drives them or how they hope to use the platform to affect change.

To future hopefuls, she says:
I think my biggest advice to them is that when people think about Miss South Africa, they think that we are looking for one certain type of woman. I like to tell women that every part of your life has been preparing you for every moment so that you are ready to be Miss South Africa if you see it for yourself and if you believe.

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She has a few exciting things in the pipeline.

Letting us in on just a few, she reveals: “I like to plan, but at the same time I like to let life happen and so I love it when life surprises me. It surprised me earlier this year when I got a call if I wanted to audition to be in the film The Woman King. It’s global, it’s Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu - incredible actors, which is something I never thought was on the cards for me or that I planned for. But, I always believe in staying ready, mentally, physically and just being open to challenges.

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The elegant Tunzi is also launching her Zozibini Tunzi Foundation - its pillars are women, children and education. She will also be doing a lot of travelling this year, but she had to keep a fair amount of what is to come, to herself.

Looking down the road, towards the end of her career and the legacy she hopes to leave, she says:

I always say when my time comes, I don’t ever want to be just a number or statistic that walked into this world and left.

“I really want my life to mean something, even if it’s to just one person, one person who could say her life meant something to me and it changed something in me, that’s all I really want to make sure, that I did touch someone’s life somewhere… it’s giving Beyonce,” she says as she jokingly breaks out into the refrain from Beyonce’s song I Was Here.

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