Miss Universe title holders – 2018 winner Catriona Gray and her 2019 successor, our own Zozibini Tunzi – will be sharing the Miss South Africa stage this year when they serve as backstage presenters during the live broadcast of the much-anticipated show.
Miss South Africa 2021 will be crowned on Saturday, October 16, at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. The event will be screened live from 17h00 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) and will also be streamed online for an international audience on MissSA.live with extra highlights and exclusive content.
Gray will host the pageant’s exclusive pre-show, available online from the misssa.live website to subscribers from around the globe.
This is not Gray’s first visit to South Africa; she was part of the Miss South Africa 2019 judging panel when the title went to Tunzi who then went on to inherit Gray’s Miss Universe crown a few months later.
In Philippine beauty pageant history, Gray – who is also a model and singer – is the first Filipina to represent the country in both the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions. She placed in the Top 5 at Miss World in 2016 and took the Miss Universe title two years later.
Tunzi admits to being thrilled to serve as a presenter for this year’s pageant and work with her friend Catriona: “It’s such a full circle moment for me because I started on the stage as a contestant, to being a judge and now to backstage hosting. I will have touched and experienced every aspect of the show. That to me is very special.
“I love Catriona. Not only did she crown me for Miss Universe, but she was there for the beginning of my journey as she was a judge for Miss SA 2019 when I won. There’s a special connection there and I can’t wait to share the platform with her.”
Her valuable advice to this year’s Top 10: “Always remember your why. The journey is not always easy and when it gets tough you need to remember the reason why you entered the competition. This will always keep you going and it will make the journey even more fulfilling.”
Says the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor Dan Plato: “Cape Town is thrilled to welcome Miss South Africa back to our beautiful city for a second year in a row. The event’s return to the Mother City is a testament to our strong record for hosting major events and we believe Miss South Africa will be one of the key events to help revitalise the tourism sector impacted by the pandemic.”