How exciting is this? We are so proud to share with you the Miss South Africa Top 16 for 2019. The new CEO, Stephanie Weil, has not only added two amazing awards to this years competition – Mother of the Nation Award and Future Leader Award, but also opened up a spot in the Top 10 for public choice and took on the theme of #dreamwalkers for this year’s pageant.
We couldn’t wait to share these beautiful ladies with you, so we took a few snippets from their answers to questions that Bonang Matheba (official host of this years pageant) asked them during the announcement. If you would like to follow the journey of these 16 beautiful dream walkers, just click on their photos to take you right to their Instagram pages.
A researcher for Equal Education (EE), Siba is inspired by Cynthia Shange, who won the Miss Black SA title in 1972 and became the first black South African to enter Miss Universe. Siba loves singing, finds her zen with meditation and hiking and spends her downtime binge-watching Breaking Bad and Killing Eve.
I hope that I can use the platform to just empower other young women to see themselves represented in me.
Her role models are her parents and Caster Semenya, whom she’d love to meet. Zozibini is a hard-core Marvel fan, was a Game of Thrones addict and enjoys eating out.
We are the ones that have to change the narrative of society and reshape their minds into doing things that we want to do.
Majoring in anthropology, industrial sociology, and political studies, Chuma enjoys hiking, “going on coffee dates with myself”, reading and spending time with family and friends. Her guilty pleasure is watching the Crime and Investigation channel while tucking into ice cream.
I’m just a reflection of all the young ladies who see that where you come from doesn’t determine where you end up in life.
Eloïse van der Westhuizen
She has a BCom honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Eloïse lists outgoing Miss SA, Tamaryn Green, as her role model – Tamaryn’s #MissSA2018 campaign, Break the Stigma, and opening up about her journey with TB helped Eloïse open up about her own TB battle.
No matter what happens, no disease, no background, no circumstance, can define who you are. We should be brave enough to speak out about it.
Inspired by Jacqui Mofokeng (Miss SA 1993) and US filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, Noluthando loves to read and watch documentaries when she isn’t in front of the camera.
I’d want to use this platform to join hands with many sound engineering companies, in not only educating, but equipping women and affording them job opportunities.
Loren Leigh Jenneker
Loren is working towards a BCom in finance at UJ while tutoring kids who struggle to read. Her guilty pleasure is a milk-tart cronut. She is an avid book collector and loves traveling and hiking.
Modelling did wonders for my self-confidence and it has alowed me to travel, engage with clients, build relationships, and I think most importantly, it has showed me how important having a good work ethic is.
Sasha-Lee is pursuing a double major in marketing and psychology at Wits. She enjoys fishing and is an art lover and can often be found in a gallery or museum. She’s a proud Bey Hive member and loves cheesecake while binging on her favourite TV show, Big Bang Theory.
The most important thing for me, is to show women that there is power in embracing all that you are, and it’s a very important thing to embrace our body types and understand that beauty is not a body shape.
Zanele was involved in a car accident last year and lost the hearing in her left ear, but hasn’t let it interfere with how she lives her life. In her spare time, you’ll find her curled up with a book – and a slab of chocolate.
I chose my dreams to not be determined by where I come from, but most importantly, I chose to let the ones that come after me, learn from me.
Passionate about inspiring self-esteem at a modelling school, she also has a BA degree and plans to do her honours in clinical psychology next year. Xia’s ideal dinner table would include Madiba, Princess Diana, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, and Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Senn.
This victory of just being in the Top 16, is not just for me, but also for my family.
Beulah loves working out, singing, traveling, cycling, watching Netflix and reading. If she could invite six people to dinner they would be her mom, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Serena Williams.
I don’t let those restrictions get in the way of what I want to achieve. This is a message I try to tell girls on a daily basis, so that we don’t let society make us feel like we can’t breathe.
Growing up, Kgothatso’s birthmark made her feel insecure and often ridiculed by her peers. She wants to bring hope to those who “feel mistreated, misplaced or misunderstood”. She wants to show others that being different can be a blessing.
Being a Miss SA finalist will bring hope to everyone who is mistreated who feels like they don’t belong, because looking at me they can relate.
She worked in marketing as a brand manager before leaving to further her modelling career. Danielle believes in balance and loves spending time outdoors, but never says no to staying in her pajamas all day and binging Netflix.
My life and my upbringing have really taught me the necessity of positive thinking and it’s really my little sister and the organizations I’ve been involved with that have given me the purpose for my passion which is to be a champion for women.
This BCom graduate and owner of a small pizza takeaway business loves tucking into pizza and pasta. Lisa loves spending time with family and friends, working out at the gym and experimenting with flavours in the kitchen.
I’m here basically to encourage and to inspire all the young women of South Africa to realize their dreams to be bold about them and to not be afraid to take the risks to achieve them.
Her goal is to be the Miss SA to inspire and empower others by showing anything is possible if you work hard. This University of Johannesburg graduate keeps fit by playing netball and golf and teaches confidence building and etiquette at a modeling school.
I now know that my past experiences have prepared me to be the woman that I am today and add value to the Miss South Africa platform
Currently working on her BCom honours at the University of Johannesburg, Kea loves the gym and also enjoys entertaining, cooking and planning game nights. She loves gospel music and binge watching The Walking Dead.
With age I learned that there is no power that comes from hiding any parts of you so I’m really really excited to be introduced to South Africa in my purest most empowered state.
Her role models include former public protector, Thuli Madonsela, and Peggy-Sue Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA in 1996 and is now a successful businesswoman. Errin loves hip-hop and Ed Sheeran, eating chocolate and spending time in the library.
To every person watching, you may not know it now, but God has a plan for you and you have purpose in this world and that’s the message that I’m going to be taking with me on this journey that my mom has blessed me with.
9 August 2019, Women’s Day, marks the day the new Miss South Africa will be crowned and ticket sales are already open for this prestigious event on Computicket.
You can also vote for your favourite by going to www.misssa.co.za. Cast your vote to help your favourite make it to Top 10.