- The Miss South Africa organisation has revealed this year's top 30 contestants.
- The finalists were selected by a judging panel, which includes TRUELOVE editor, Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa and Thando Thabethe among others.
- The Top 30 contestants features women from diverse professions from an estate agent to a corporate lawyer.
On Monday, 16 May 2022, the Miss South Africa organisation announced the Top 30 contestants who will be battling it out for the coveted Miss South Africa 2022 title.
According to the organisation, this year’s Top 30 finalists are a diverse group of women who include an estate agent, corporate lawyer, veterinarian, forensic science graduate, teachers, models, entrepreneurs and law students.
The group was selected by an elite panel of judges that includes TRUELOVE editor-in-chief and businesswoman Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa, Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie, actor Simoné Nortmann, Koo Govender, Khosi Nkosi co-founder Nobukhosi Mukwevho and TV and radio personality Thando Thabethe.
For the next few weeks, the women will be working to impress this year's judges and voters. The Top 10, who will go through to the finals, will be announced on 13 June 2022 via the Miss South Africa app, which can be downloaded for free.
Speaking to TRUELOVE, CEO of Miss South Africa Stephanie Weil says the development of the Miss SA app is to ensure the viewers have an interactive experience with the pageant as well as have an inside look into each finalist’s journey.
“There’s going to be a whole bunch of reality content that’s going to be shot throughout this process and all of that is going to be readily available on the app – whether it be diary entries from the girls, really following each individual’s journey, which is going to give you kind of a 360 view on their life and why that person should or shouldn’t be Miss South Africa and I think that’s really exciting,” she says before revealing that the pageant will be held in a big venue since the lockdown restrictions have been eased.
“Of course, the pageant is going to be bigger and better than ever - it always is. We’re really excited to be back in a big venue and there’s some really exciting things that haven’t been released yet about where it’s going to be, when it’s going to be, how it’s going to be but post Covid – if I can call it that – we’ve started to bring it back to the people. It’s all about that real insider view of what’s going on,” she explains.
On what the Miss SA hopefuls should keep in mind during this period, Stephanie says that they should remember what the competition is really about.
“I think that every single woman who’s entered Miss South Africa is incredibly brave and I take my hat off to them. I heard a great saying and it’s an acronym for the word fear, it’s Forget Everything And Run or it’s Face Everything And Rise and the choice is yours. How are you going to rise to your power? How are you going to bring up this community of South Africa? How are you going to really encourage change and build this nation?
“Because being Miss South Africa is not just a once-off little thing where you wear a crown and it’s wonderful but it’s about imparting messages over to the youth, it’s about imparting messages over to your peers and your community that anything is possible. And I think that’s something important about Miss South Africa is the idea of inspiration and that we all require something to look up to and something to look forward to and that’s what Miss South Africa really is, it’s an inspirational and an aspirational brand and allows you to feel hopeful,” she says.
Stephanie also adds that a Miss SA is “relatable and authentic” because “this woman is anybody, she’s you, she’s me, she’s the little girl sitting in Soweto right now thinking about what she could do with her life but she can dream big, she can be whoever she wants to be”.
The process for voting for this year’s Top 10 finalists will be done virtually on the Miss SA app.
“It’s always wonderful to have your say so the winner of the public vote will obviously automatically advance to the finalist stage, the Miss South Africa Top 10 who you’ll see on stage at the finale. It’s obviously all on the app, we have made provision for it to be web-based so it will be available on our website at www.misssa.co.za too if for whatever reason you can’t use the app. Your first vote is free, so you do have your first vote free and then post that each vote is R3.99 and they’re sold in bundles so the more votes you buy the cheaper it gets, ultimately,” she explains.
Now, meet the Miss South Africa Top 30 contestants:
Alyssa Smith (24), Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Alyssa is a corporate lawyer who holds an LLB Law Degree summa cum laude from the University of the Free State and Varsity College.
Anarzade Omar (23), Johannesburg, Gauteng
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg and works as a Social Media Manager at a digital marketing agency.
Ayanda Thabethe (22), Maritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Ayanda is currently pursuing a degree in dietetics and human nutrition at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Ayanda Tloti (24), Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape
She has a Bachelor of Technology in Fine Art (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg and has had the opportunity to hold exhibitions at museums and art galleries.
Bethany Damonse (24), Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
She is currently doing her community service year as a veterinarian in Pretoria.
Bianca Bezuidenhout (23), Cape Town , Western Cape
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing Communications at the AAA School of Advertising and is a full-time volunteer, ambassador and marketing manager of a non-profit organisation called Forward Foundation and the owner of a swimwear company called She Succeeds.
Boniswa Mapisa (27), Alberton, Gauteng
Boniswa is doing her final year of an LLB degree through the University of South Africa. She has her own YouTube channel where she offers advice on hair care, and she also has her own line of hair care products.
Chuma Matsaluka (24), Cape Town, Western Cape
She is a fashion model and content creator with a triple major degree from the University of Cape Town. She is studying towards an honours degree in anthropology.
Fortunate Mabeleng (25), Potchefstroom, Free State
She is a forensic science graduate from the University of the Free State. She works as a tutor and part-time reception administrator and is training to be a forensic officer.
Itumeleng Parage (22), Soweto, Gauteng
She is a Bachelor of Law student with a Bachelor of Arts (law major) degree from the University of Witwatersrand.
Keaoleboga Nkashe (26), Itsoseng, North West
Keaoleboga is currently living in Hong Kong, where she is a post-graduate student freelance model and pre-school teacher.
Lebogang Mahlangu (26), Soshanguve, Gauteng
She works as a procurement specialist for a multinational company. She has a BSc Food Science degree from Stellenbosch University.
Lehlogonolo Machaba (25), Oskraal, North West
She is a fashion model and LGBTQI activist and has a National Diploma in Fashion from the Tshwane University of Technology.
Lisanne Lazarus (26), Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
She holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the Durban University of Technology, where she graduated cum laude and received the Dean's Merit Award.
Luvé Meyer (25), Cape Town, Western Cape
She has a Bachelor of Health Science and Social Services degree and an honours degree in psychology from the University of South Africa.
Luyanda Zuma (20), Maritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
Luyanda is an international model, entrepreneur and a final year Bachelor of Live Performance student at AFDA.
Misqah Snyders (26), Johannesburg, Gauteng
She is an LLB graduate from the University of Johannesburg and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at Eduvos.
Mphoentle Plaatjie (25), Vereeniging, Gauteng
She is a governance trainee with a Master of Law degree from the University of Cape Town.
Naledi Matabane (26), Tembisa, Gauteng
She has a post-graduate Diploma in Accounting Science and is currently a trainee auditor at an audit firm.
Ndavi Nokeri (23), Tzaneen, Limpopo
She has a BCom Investment Management degree from the University of Pretoria and is currently working for an asset management firm in Cape Town.
Nompumelelo Mampholo (26), Sandton, Gauteng
She is a real estate agent and founder and CEO of Conqueres Connect, a youth-owned waste management and recycling solutions company.
Nthabiseng Kgasi (26), Soweto, Gauteng
She graduated with a Marketing and Communications Media degree and Honours Degree in Communications-Media Studies from IIEMSA and currently works as a marketer for a telecommunication company.
Pearl Ntshehi (25), Centurion, Gauteng
She is a candidate attorney and has BCom Law, BCom Honours and LLB degrees.
Shevon Periera (25), Johannesburg, Gauteng
She graduated with a BCom Entrepreneurship degree through the University of Pretoria and currently works as a model and a business consultant at a medical aid company.
Stacy Gossayn (25), Viljoenskroon in the Free State
She has a BSc degree in Human Movement Sciences and Physiology and works as a surgical orthopaedic medical representative.
Tamsyn Jack (25), Somerset West, Western Cape
She is an entrepreneur working with some of South Africa's leading start-ups and small businesses and graduated with a Food Science Degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
Thulani Ndzotyana (24), Gqeberha, Eastern Cape
Thulani works as a senior artist agent, social media manager and model. She is also studying towards a BCom Law degree and completing a social media and marketing course.
Tlotlo Mabiletsa (27), Mafikeng, North West
She is an intern at a global pharmaceutical company based in Johannesburg and has a bachelor of science degree in Human Physiology from the University of Pretoria.
Tyhler Duimpies (23), Beaufort West, Western Cape
She holds an NQFL 4 and 5 qualifications in marketing management and works as a marketing volunteer.
Zoey Seboe (22), Midrand, Gauteng
She is a model while also studying for a law degree at Eduvos.
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