Miss SA Top 16 finalists

24 July 2019
Meet the Top 16 Miss South Africa 2019 finalists vying for the coveted crown, R1-million in cash, a luxury car and other amazing prizes.
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The event will be held the Sun Arena in Pretoria and broadcast live on M-Net 101 on Women’s Day (Friday, 9 August).

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Beulah Baduza

23-year-old Beulah Baduza is an LLB degree student at the University of Pretoria. She enjoys working out, exploring different restaurants with friends, reading, singing, travelling, cycling and watching Netflix.

Why do you think beauty pageants are still relevant in 2019?

“A platform that gives deserving women a voice to inspire, protect and change the world will never be irrelevant.”

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Chuma Matsaluka

Capetonian Chuma Matsaluka majors in anthropology, industrial sociology and political studies, at the University of Cape Town. She enjoys hiking, going on coffee dates (mostly by herself), reading and spending time out with family or friends.

Who is a previous Miss SA who has inspired you?

“Basetsana Kumalo. Since I was a little girl, I have always loved her. She’s a businesswoman and a philanthropist amongst many other things and she seems so graceful while being a superwoman, and that has inspired me a lot.” 

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Danielle Wallace

Danielle Wallace entered last year and made it to the Top 28. She enjoys running and hiking, being outdoors in nature, the social sciences graduate does a bit of sketching and enjoys writing.

What are you reading?

“The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy.”

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Eloise van der Westhuizen

University of Stellenbosch graduate Eloïse van der Westhuizen likes being a tourist her own (Cape Town) city; climbing Lion's Head, running along Sea Point promenade or enjoying a meal with friends and family.

Miss South Africa 2019 will be crowned on Women’s Day – what does that mean to you?

“Miss SA seeks to celebrate women and any platform that looks to empower and celebrate women. Miss SA also encourages and inspires girls from different cultures to feel comfortable in their own skin and to stay true to who they are. What better day to embrace femininity than on Women’s Day?”

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Errin Brits

Errin Brits from Randpark Ridge in Johannesburg enjoys going to the gym and can be regularly found in her gym clothes.

If you won the Miss SA crown and could meet one person, who would it be?

Thuli Madonsela, for the same reason as above. I would love to soak up any advice she is willing to provide.

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Keabetswe Kanyane

Analyst and project coordinator Keabetswe Kanyane loves going to the gym and keeping fit. She also enjoys hosting, cooking and planning game nights.

Name two of your female role models?

“Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) and Oprah Winfrey, I admire these females for the same reason I admire my parents - they both went against what they knew and realised that they can do and achieve better than what they were exposed to.”

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Kgothatso Dithebe

LLB Law student Kgothatso Dithebe usually goes to the gym and plays netball in her spare time. She also enjoys looking up food recipes and trying them out and watching crime documentaries.

What is the No 1 piece of advice that you would give to your younger self?

“Young Kgothatso, if only you’d know how much power and strength you have, you wouldn’t let them control how you feel about yourself. Note that, everything you are going to go through will prepare you for the greatness that awaits you.”

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Lisa Stoffela

Business owner Lisa Stoffela likes to spend time with friends and family, loves to travel and discover new places and keeping healthy through exercise.

What music are you listening to?

“My music taste ranges from reggaeton music to gospel.”

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Loren Leigh Jenneker

Loren Leigh Jenneker from Port Elizabeth is completing a B. Com degree in Finance at the University of Johannesburg. She’s an avid reader who loves Saturday morning hikes and travelling with her family.

Describe yourself in three words:

“Bold, passionate and elegant.” 

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Noluthando Bennett

24-year-old technical sound assistant Noluthando Bennett reads a lot, researches new music and loves to watch documentaries in her spare time.

Who’s your local and international celeb crush?

“My local celeb crush is Bonang Matheba. My international celeb crush is Mahershala Ali.”

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Nompumelelo Maduna

Nompumelelo Maduna is a private banker who keeps fit and active by playing netball and golf. She also loves spending time with family and friends, enjoying a picnic or dinner or taking part in a games night.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

“Red velvet chocolate cake.”

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Entrepreneur and model Sasha-Lee Olivier usually spends her time in search of tall buildings because she enjoys looking at the view of the city at night time. She also like going fishing and is an art lover.

What has been the craziest thing you have ever done?

“I’ve flown in a fighter jet that was used in the Czech war and did barrel rolls in the sky along with some other cool stunts.”

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Sibabalwe Gcilitshana

Parliamentary officer and researcher Sibabalwe (Siba) Gcilitshana likes singing, meditating, hiking, cooking, travelling and catching-up with current affairs.

Why do you want to be Miss SA and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role?

“I think I represent a contemporary young South African woman. I want to be the kind of person people look at and find relatable. I want to inspire all the Sibas who have no idea of their greatness and just need someone to remind them to dream. I will bring to the role a process of learning and unlearning.”

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Xia Narain

Graduate in general and industrial psychology at UKZN, Xia Narain loves horror and comedy movies. She also enjoys creating Bollywood dance routines.

What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?

“Although we have a constitution that grants equality to women, the transformation is slow in rural and township areas. I would like to take young girls and young women back to 1956 where the woman marched to the Union Buildings and sang a freedom song: “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo, uzakufa!” Which means 'when you strike a woman, you strike a rock, you will be crushed.' My message to them is: Persevere, Don’t Despair.”

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Zanele Phakathi

Zanele Phakathi is a first year Business Information Technology student at the University of Johannesburg. She enjoys reading, doing charity work, going for walks, relaxing and spending time with her nephews.

In what way do you think beauty pageants are still relevant today? – how would you respond to someone who says they totally aren’t? 

“Beauty pageants will always be relevant. It is through beauty pageants that I found my purpose. As an entrant you are exposed to so much that puts you under pressure and through that you learn to identify your strengths and weaknesses and how to use these to overcome challenges. There are emotional and mental preparations you have to undergo to prepare yourself for this journey which is the same as any other life experience. So what better way to go through this self-empowering journey with your peers in such a setting.”

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Zozibini Tunzi

Public Relations graduate Zozibini Tunzi loves grabbing a bite with her sister and friend, she loves reading, watching documentaries and real-life stories.

Your favourite meal?

Umngqusho “Samp” and beef stew.

Catch Miss South Africa 2019 on Women’s Day (Friday, 9 August) on M-Net 101.