The top ten Miss South Africa finalists have been revealed, with two beauty queens from Pretoria among them. Gauteng has four finalists, including two from Pretoria and one each from Soweto and Crown Gardens, while KZN and the Western Province each have two, and Limpopo and the Northwest each have one.
For Lebogang Mahlangu, being in the top ten of Miss SA is nothing new (26). In 2020, a procurement professional for a multinational FMCG firm from Tshwane’s Soshanguve made the top ten. She entered the event a second time because she “believes that I have both the heart and the spirit to seize the crown,” according to the University of Stellenbosch BSc in food science graduate.
“I have a corporate job, but I am only truly fulfilled when I am doing something that has a positive impact on others; I believe I am better prepared this time around, and I am giving it my all.” she remarked Miss South Africa is more than a contest for Mahlangu; it’s a platform where she met 29 great young women with whom she wants to cooperate and interact.
Last year, Pearl Ntshehi (25), who was born and raised in Mamelodi but now resides in Centurion, Tshwane, came close to entering the top 30. Ntshehi is pleased and expressed her joy at making the top ten. “I see now that I wasn’t ready last year, and this time I’m more prepared. I decided I was resilient, had matured as a person, and it was time to re-enter,” she explained. Ntshehi is a candidate attorney who holds the degrees of BCom Law, BCom Honours, and LLB.
The winner of this year’s Miss South Africa pageant will be crowned at Sun International’s flagship venue, the SunBet Arena at Time Square in Pretoria. This year’s Top 10 judges are Tracey-Lee Lusty Horwitz, Dentsu CEO Koo Govender, fashion designer Khosi Nkosi, True Love editor-in-chief Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa, actress Simoné Nortmann, and actor and TV personality Thando Thabethe.
Reporter: Palesa Maneli