Miss South Africa competition ‘making progress’ in search of new sponsor

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Cape Town - YOU previously reported that mobile phone company Cell C has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Miss South Africa competition.

Now, organisers have said they’ll soon make an announcement about this year’s competition.

"We’re making progress," says Zoleka Skweyiya, communications officer of Sun International, licence holder of the Miss SA competition, about the search for a new headline sponsor.

She says organisers are hoping to share "exciting news" about this year’s competition soon.

Current Miss SA Tamaryn Green has returned to her medical studies at the University of Cape Town.

She was in the final year of her studies when she was crowned Miss SA in May last year.

Winning the crown meant she had to pack up and move to Johannesburg, from where she was to complete her duties as reigning Miss SA.

"Tamaryn interrupted her studies for a year but she’d always planned on returning to them in April 2019," Zoleka says.

"She started her journey as Miss SA a year ago and has reached her goal. Though she’s a full-time student again, she’ll keep the title until she hands it over to her successor."

Tamaryn says it wasn’t easy to leave Johannesburg.

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"I have so many good memories and forged many new relationships during my year in Johannesburg. Saying goodbye was bittersweet, but I also know that I’m returning to my studies with the aim of qualifying as a doctor at the end of the year," Tamaryn tells YOU.

"My friends and family live in Cape Town and Paarl, so I’m looking forward to spending more time with them. I’m also besotted with the Cape Town beaches and Winelands."

Tamaryn reckons she’s ready to live the life of a student again.

"I realise it’s not going to be easy, but I’ll adapt. My love for medicine will help make it easier."

And yes, her fellow students often recognise her on campus and stop to chat or ask for a quick pic, she says. "I welcome it with open arms."

Miss SA organisers say Tamaryn’s official duties will be scaled down to give her time to focus on her studies.

"She’ll still have some official duties to perform, but [there’ll be fewer]," Zoleka says.

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