The glowing Shudufhadzo Musida (24) has been crowned as our new Miss South Africa 2020. The final pageant took place at the Table Bay Hotel, Capetown, on 24 October 2020. It is the first time that the Miss South Africa pageant took place in the Mother City.
The Top 5 consisted of Thato Mosehle, Melissa Nayimuli, Lebogang Mahlangu, Shudufhadzo Musida and Natasha Joubert.
Shudufhadzo Musida was in the Top 3 alongside Thato Mosehle and Natasha Joubert before being crowned our new Queen. Musida will receive R1 million in cash as well as an additional R2 million worth of prizes and sponsorships. She will also receive a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet and a luxurious apartment in Sandton for a whole year.
Thato Mosehle (25), the runner-up, is a medical doctor from Klerksdorp, North West and she received R250 000 in cash. Natasha Joubert (23), the second runner-up, is from Pretoria, Gauteng, a B Com graduate and collected R100 000.
The 24-year-old Musida comes from Limpopo, Ha-Masia, and has a Bachelor of Social
Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria. At present, she is also doing her BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech, Musida said: “It took an entire village to get me here and I would like to thank all of you for being my village. I stand here today as your Miss South Africa with immense pride and joy to be representing such a beautiful nation – one of the first Venda women, but certainly not the last – to become Miss South Africa.
I stand here as an advocate for educational and economic empowerment of women and children and mental health awareness – honoured to be an ambassador of this beautiful nation.
“Through this platform, I plan to continue and build on the beautiful and powerful legacy left by former Miss South Africa titleholders, and continue to carry the baton of woman empowerment that the Miss South Africa Organisation is built on and continues to strive for”.
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According to Musida, she did not feel pressure following in the footsteps of reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi. “When I first saw her, I saw my own face reflected. Before that, I didn’t realise that people who looked like me could compete and win on international stages.
She opened the door for me and allowed me to take up my own space. I’m not worried about comparisons – they aren’t a bad thing at all. I’m awed to be following in her footsteps.” Miss South Africa 2020 Is The Radiant Shudufhadzo Musida
We cannot wait to see our Queen face her power and embrace her future. We as a country stand behind you every step of the way.
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