Bonang Matheba – one of the country’s leading media personalities and style icons – is the host of the Miss South Africa pageant. This year marks the 60th anniversary with the Diamond Jubilee spectacular set to take place on Sunday, May 27, at Sun International’s new flagship venue, the Sun Arena at Times Square Casino, Pretoria.
The 60th Diamond Jubilee event, which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, sees 12 of the country’s most beautiful and accomplished women compete to take the crown and follow in the footsteps of Miss South Africa 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who went onto be crowned Miss Universe, and her successor, Adè van Heerden.
Matheba, or Queen B as she is affectionately known, has a long association with Miss South Africa and was part of the judging panel in 2014 which officially crowned Rolene Strauss, who later went on to be crowned Miss World.
The trendsetting TV and radio star, author and philanthropist says she is delighted to be hosting the 2018 event. “Having grown up watching the Miss South Africa pageant, I feel very honoured to be part of this two-hour spectacular in a year in which this South African institution celebrates a huge milestone anniversary,” says Bonang, who returned to South Africa from London this week where she was MC at the prestigious Global Gift Foundation fund-raiser celebrating Fmr President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
The Top 12 finalists competing for the crown will be revealed on May 3. The winner will take home more than R3 million in a bouquet of prizes that makes the competition one of the richest pageants in the world.
Says Gareth Flusk from Sun International on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation: “We are working hard to ensure that the diamond jubilee will be a pageant to remember and are thrilled that Bonang is once again part of the team.”
Adds Suzette van der Merwe, Executive: Commercial Communications for headline sponsor Cell C: “We are delighted to have our Cell C ambassador as the host for Miss South Africa 2018. Bonang launched her latest app ‘Bonang by Cell C’ last year and she also features in many of our brand campaigns. Not only is she talented and dynamic but she will be a huge drawcard.”
MISS SOUTH AFRICA REGIONAL QUALIFIERS
The 28 regional qualifiers come from eight of the country’s provinces – nine from Gauteng; seven from KwaZulu Natal; three from the Eastern Cape; two each from the Free State, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the Western Cape and one from Limpopo.
They are (in alphabetical order):
Ø Akile Khoza (23) from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga who is studying for her Masters in neuroscience at Stellenbosch University.
Ø Altina Vries (26), from Steinkopf in the Northern Cape, currently lives in Cape Town and works as a model.
Ø Anzelle van Staden (24), from Centurion in Gauteng, has a BComm degree from the Univeristy of Pretoria and is currently a full-time model.
Ø Avania Reddy (25) from Westville in KZN who is a mechanical engineer.
Ø Bryoni Govender (21), from Kempton Park in Gauteng, is a third year LLB student at the University of Johannesburg.
Ø Chanté Holloway (23), originally from Atlantis in the Western Cape and now residing in Johannesburg, studied at the New York Film Academy and works as an actress and model.
Ø Chanté Jantjies (25), from Northcliff in Gauteng, has a BComm in finance from Varsity College and works as a news anchor for the SABC.
Ø Daniellë de Jager (20) from Benoni, Gauteng, is currently studying biokinetics at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
Ø Danielle Wallace (25), originally from Mount Edgecombe in KZN and who has an honours degree in social sciences, works as a marketing account manager.
Ø Eureka Khambako (23), from Hazyview, Mpumalanga, is studying fifth year medicine at Stellenbosch University.
Ø Karishma Ramdev (23), from Chatsworth in KZN, is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pretoria.
Ø Leah Prinsloo (22), from Morningside in KZN, is a graphic designer.
Ø Lethukwenama Letsoalo (22) from Bergville, KZN, is studying fourth year medicine at Stellenbosch University.
Ø Lisa Stoffela (25), from Margate in KZN and who now lives in Sandton in Gauteng, is a final year BComm financial management student at Varsity College.
Ø Margo Fargo (25), originally from Heidedal in the Free State, has a BSc consumer sciences honours degree and is a co-founder of a NPO.
Ø Michelle Howell (24), from Kempton Park in Gauteng, is a second year student studying consumer sciences at Unisa and works as a designer and au pair.
Ø Noxolo Ndebele (24), from Pinetown in KZN, has a BComm Acc degree and currently works as a financial controller.
Ø Rethabile Lethoko (22), from Greenstone, Edenvale, in Gauteng is a second year BA student at Varsity College.
Ø Rito-Grace Madingana (25), originally from Welkom in the Free State, is a BComm graduate from the University of the Free State and now works as a model and NGO entrepreneur.
Ø Tamarin Bensch (25), originally from Bedfordview in Gauteng but now living in Somerset West, who works in property management and interior renovations.
Ø Tamaryn Green (23), from Paarl in the Western Cape, is in her final year of medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Ø Taryn Bornman (25), from Pretoria East in Gauteng, has an honours degree in marketing and works in the finance industry.
Ø Tegan Goldman (25) from Salt Lake in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, is studying Honours in Corporate Communication at Nelson Mandela University.
Ø Thandokazi Mfundisi (23), from East London in the Eastern Cape, is a final year LLB student at Fort Hare.
Ø Tharina Botes (21), from Roodepoort in Gauteng, is a first year BComm marketing and business degree student at Damelin and a part-time model.
Ø Thulisa Keyi (26), originally from East London in the Eastern Cape and who now lives in Gauteng, is currently doing articles at KPMG after graduating from the University of Cape Town.
Ø Tshegofatso Moloto (22), originally from Limpopo and now residing in Buccleuch in Gauteng, is in her final year BComm in marketing at the University of Johannesburg and is a part-time model.
Ø Thokozile Mbatha (26), from Kimberley in the Northern Cape and now staying in Observatory, Cape Town, is a digital marketing intern.