Catriona Gray and Zozibini Tunzi announced as Miss SA 2021 backstage presenters

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Zozibini Tunzi (Photo: Getty)
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  • Two all-time favourite Miss Universe winners to share this year's Miss South Africa stage.
  • Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and 2019's Zozibini Tunzi have been announced as backstage presenters during the Miss South Africa 2021 grand finale.
  • Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on Saturday, 16 October, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. 

Miss Universe titleholders, 2018 winner Catriona Gray and her 2019 successor, our own Zozibini Tunzi, will be sharing the Miss South Africa stage this year when they serve as backstage presenters during the live broadcast of the much-anticipated show.

Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on Saturday, 16 October, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. The event will be screened live from 17:00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) and will also be streamed online for an international audience on with extra highlights and exclusive content.

Catriona will host the pageant's exclusive pre-show, available online from the website to subscribers from around the globe.

This is not Catriona's first visit to South Africa; she was part of the Miss South Africa 2019 judging panel when the title went to Zozibini, who then went on to inherit Catriona's Miss Universe crown a few months later.

In Philippine beauty pageant history, Catriona - who is also a model and singer - is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions. She placed in the top 5 at Miss World in 2016 and took the Miss Universe title two years later.

Zozibini admits to being thrilled to serve as a presenter for this year's pageant and work with her friend Catriona: "It's such a full-circle moment for me because I started on the stage as a contestant, to being a judge and now to backstage hosting. I will have touched and experienced every aspect of the show. That, to me is very special.

"I love Catriona. Not only did she crown me for Miss Universe, but she was there for the beginning of my journey as she was a judge for Miss SA 2019 when I won. There's a special connection there, and I can't wait to share the platform with her."

How to sign up to watch the show online and be part of the pre-show:

Purchase an all-access virtual ticket to watch the live pageant from the website for R99,99 ex Vat. 

Simply click on the buy section on the home page and go through the checkout section and process payment with PayFast, which is integrated with the site. Subscribers will get a sign-up email confirmation and invoice. Both credit and debit cards can be used to make payment. This will be a once-off payment to watch the 2021 finale live online and have access to exclusive pageant day content that includes a pre-show hosted by Catriona Gray, always on backstage camera moments, and a post crowning interview with Miss South Africa 2021.

On 16 October, users need to log on to their account on the website and navigate to the "Live Show" tab/page to watch the show live. If they are not logged onto their account or have not purchased a live ticket that's linked to their account, they will not be able to access. Users will be able to watch from their mobile, tablet or desktop computer. It is recommended that users watch the stream using Chrome as their web browser. All subscribers will receive a one-time access pass, and the link will not be transferable.

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