The 5 most influential Miss SA winners

Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - It’s official, entries are closed for this year’s Miss SA pageant and we’re well on our way to finding out who will be crowned Miss SA 2019 at this year’s pageant taking place at The Sun Arena at Times Square in Pretoria on Women’s Day this August.

With this year’s pageant announcement came the launch of a spectacular Miss South Africa Light Up Your Dreams media campaign.

The pageant teamed up with five former winners, known as the Big 5 who each have their own taglines as a means of launching the pageant. These included: 

From Limpopo to leading South Africa by Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala

From Mkhondo to mentor by Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa

From Eldos to an empire by Liesl Laurie

From Volksrust to the world by Rolene Strauss

And from university to the universe by Tamaryn Green

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Take a look at the TV commercial around the campaign below

While they were instrumental in launching this year’s pageant, winning Miss South Africa has been influential in launching their success.

We take a look at what each of the Top 5 are up to now:

Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala

Since her Miss SA 2010 win, Bokang has been turning everything she touches into gold.

The proudly big-haired beauty from Limpopo took the title of Miss World Africa in 2011 and once her reign was over, she showed her business prowess.

Bokang is the director of her company, Bokang Legacy and she owns another, SB Powerhouse with her husband, soccer star Siphiwe Tshabalala through which they just launched their SB Kids clothing line. She also has her Bokang Montjane Foundation, as well as a production company called Pulse TVF.

She’s also a mom of adorable four-year-old, Owethu who was born in 2015 and she tied the knot with Siphiwe soon after.

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene-Mthethwa

During her reign as Miss SA 2016, Ntandoyenkosi completed and graduated with her Bachelor of Education with Honours in Curriculum Issues.

She’s recently also joined the Miss SA mommy squad after welcoming her son, Oyinkosi into the world earlier this year.

She married Idols SA winner, Khaya Mthethwa in December 2017 and this year launched her Model Bootcamp alongside Miss SA 2015 first princess, Refilwe Mthimunye, to help mentor other girls in this field. 

Rolene Strauss

She was crowned Miss SA 2014 and later won over the world after taking the crown at Miss World 2014; and now Rolene Strauss is all about making her little world the best place.

She’s a medical doctor and currently the director of Revita Health SA in Paarl which specialises in aesthetic, integrative, anti-ageing, regenerative and preventative medicine.

She married her hubby D’Niel Strauss in a lavish wedding in 2016 and the pair welcomed their son in January 2017. 

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Liesl Laurie

Miss SA 2015, Liesl Laurie has also been quite busy. When she’s not spoiling herself on some relaxing beachy holiday, her bubbly personality and voice can be heard on Jacaranda FM in the mornings.

She keeps that pageant glow and her youthful good looks as the ambassador for anti-ageing brand Vichy in SA, the US and Brazil.

Tamaryn Green

Reigning Miss SA, Tamaryn Green may be a few months away from handing over her crown, but what she’s currently busy with will have an effect for a lifetime.

She made quite the impression on the Miss Universe stage in Thailand last year and found herself landing the runner-up position at the pageant. The final year medical student recently got back into her studies at UCT and is concentrating on completing that, as well as putting her energy in to her #BreakTheStigma campaign which focuses particularly on tuberculosis and how the brunette beauty overcame the illness as a child. 

Entries for Miss SA 2019 closed on June 10 and the 16 finalists will be announced on July 11. 

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with Sun International and the LFP Group.