Miss South Africa finalists announced for 2014

February 2, 2014

The Miss South Africa finalists – who will be doing battle to be crowned Miss South Africa 2014 – have been announced.

The Miss South Africa pageant, presented by Sun International and sponsored by Cell C, takes place at Sun City on Sunday March 30.

The Top 12 come from around the country: Gauteng and the Western Cape have three finalists, Free State has two and the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga have one each.

They are Abigail de Jager, Mpumalanga; Anzél Stofberg, Western Cape; Caylene Marais, Gauteng; Dipalesa Mbola, Free State; Jade Hubner, Western Cape; Julia Petersen, KwaZulu-Natal; Matlala Mokoko, Limpopo; Mishka Patel, Western Cape; Rolene Strauss, Free State; Tidimalo Sehlako; Gauteng; Tshegofatso Monggae, Gauteng and Ziphozakhe Zokufa, Eastern Cape.

Their list of credentials is impressive: Many have completed or are studying for business degrees; one is on her way to become a medical doctor; one has national colours for netball; others have provincial colours for judo, water polo and horse-riding while one contestant worked for a while as a professional singer.

South African television viewers will be able to get to know their favourite finalist in the build-up to the crowning thanks to the reality show The Road to Miss South Africa being screened each Sunday on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 17H30.

This “Miss South Africa boot-camp” puts the 12 through a series of challenges including filming a TV commercial for Cell C; taking part in a safari with a twist; teaching a class about the insect world; a pancake and cupcake baking competition and a runway show with a difference.

Alison McKie, of Sun International, says they are delighted with this year’s finalists: “We believe we have a very strong Top 12, a group of young women who are passionate about competing and who have the intelligence and dedication to be a winner. The judges had a difficult task choosing the 12 from the 33 semi-finalists, but I am confident that the eventual winner will prove a powerful ambassador for the Miss South Africa brand.”

Cell C is the headline sponsor of The Miss South Africa pageant for the first time, in line with their Believe Manifesto and on-going strategy to empower women.

Suzette van der Merwe, Executive: Commercial Communications for Cell C and the 1990 Miss South Africa was also impressed with the standard of the Top 12 and believes that the winner will do full justice to the brand.

“Cell C supports the Miss SA pageant as it provides a platform that grooms young women to become inspirational role models. We believe in providing and supporting opportunities that will inspire young women to dream big and create a better future for themselves. The finalists in this year’s Miss SA epitomise these qualities. The 12 contestants have all proved that they strive to contribute to the improvement of our society and have worked hard to achieve finalist status. The winner will hold a major role within South Africa and her passion, determination and perseverance are the key ingredients for success and what Cell C stands for.”

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