The event, hosted by Bonang Matheba in front of an audience of thousands and broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, was a spectacular affair with live music provided by some of the who's who of the SA music industry including Sho Madjozi, Nasty C, Amanda Black and Jesse Clegg
However, one of the most emotional moments was when the unsung “Mother of the Nation” award was given to Solani Mirriam Mazibuko (71) of the Orlando Children’s Home. She was honoured for her selflessness and unstinting dedication to children in distress and received R50 000 from the Miss South Africa Organisation and sponsors LFP Group.
Miss South Africa Organisation’s Stephanie Weil was delighted: “This year’s pageant was a spectacular tribute to Women’s Day and we couldn’t be more delighted with Zozibini who is a truly worthy winner and who embodies and personifies all the attributes of a Miss South Africa. Someone who is kind, generous, intelligent, caring, hardworking and beautiful inside and out and has a strong commitment to uplifting the women and children and those less fortunate.”
Said Gareth Flusk from Sun International: “Zozibini joins an illustrious sisterhood of women who have won the title and who have continued to make a difference long after their reign has ended. We believe that Zozibini will capture the hearts and imagination of South Africans and we look forward to seeing what she is going to achieve.”
Added LFP Group CEO Louis Pulzone: “After months of anticipation, we have finally crowned our queen! We are pleased to welcome Zozibini to the LFP Group family and to the country as a new ambassador for women and youth empowerment. The selection of Miss South Africa is no easy choice but amongst tough competition, Zozibini exudes leadership, focus and passion; we wish her all the best during her reign.”
The Miss South Africa 2019 judges were reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray, former Miss Universe and Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, queen of SA talk and radio jock Anele Mdoda, actress and businesswoman Connie Ferguson and SA model, activist and lawyer Thando Hopa.