The finalists for Miss South Africa 2015 have been announced and here are the 12 finalists:
Busi is a 23-year-old economics student from Kwa-Mhlanga, Kwa-Ndebele, in Mpumalanga. She always wanted to see a dramatic change in the country and feels that economic development is one of the prominent factors that determine the well-being of a country. “For me, to be in that field meant accomplishing my goal of giving back to my country through my career,” she says.
? Chanelle Sardinha is a 23-year-old model and actress from Fourways, Johannesburg. Having recently completed her Honours degree in BA Dramatic Arts at Wits University, she hopes one day to break into the film industry. Growing up she enjoyed performing in lead roles in musicals such as Annie, Grease and Little Shop of Horrors, which allowed her to fuel her passion for acting, singing and dancing.
“I have also developed a love for acting and modelling in front of the camera and want to gain as much experience and exposure as I can in this field,” she says.
? Danelle De Wet is 21 and hails from Kuils River, Cape Town, and is a first year BCom Marketing student at the IMM Graduate School of Marketing. Once she has obtained her degree she would like to study further and work towards getting her MBA.
A previous Miss South Africa title holder who has inspired her is Melinda Bam, Miss South Africa 2011. De Wet says Bam changed the game by making Miss South Africa more relevant to modern times and leaving a legacy which she also hopes to do if she takes the Miss South Africa crown.
? Gugulethu Banda is 21 and comes from Spruitview, Ekurhuleni and has been studying towards a BA Tourism Development at the University of Johannesburg. The reason she enrolled for this particular qualification, she says, is because of her love for travel and tourism. She says: “I aspire to be a part of the South African tourism industry and be a business woman in that field. I want to contribute towards making South Africa’s tourism sector bigger than it already is. My other goal is to become Miss South Africa!”
? Kim Wentzel is 24 and hails from Roodepoort on the West Rand. Before becoming a member of the Miss South Africa Top 12, she was an assistant fashion buyer for Edcon and is studying for an advanced diploma in marketing management at the South Africa Institute of Management. She has won several beauty competitions, including Miss SA Sun (second princess), Miss African Ambiance (first princess), Miss Roodepoort (finalist but received highest votes from the public) and winning Miss Die Adelaar. Now she has the Miss South Africa title firmly in her sights.
? Liesl Laurie is 24 and comes from Eldorado Park, in Johannesburg and graduated with a B.Com General Degree from the University of Johannesburg (Soweto Campus). After graduating, she decided to take the rest of the year off from university to pursue a full time career in modelling and also to embark on her journey of giving back to her community and country.
“I have been working with a number of non-profit organisations that include Babies Behind Bars and Pilgrim Oasis Community Children’s Outreach in Eldorado Park and adjacent informal settlement in Kliptown.”
? Nicole Lee Lamberts is 24, and celebrated her birthday on the day the Top 12 were announced. For her it was the perfect present!
She hails from Idas Valley in Stellenbosch, was going into her final, honours year of B. Occupational Therapy when she became a Miss South Africa finalist.
Occupational therapy, she believes, helps reintegrate people back into society by using medical-based treatments. She has won beauty contests before and was Miss Stellenbosch 2012 and Miss Veet 2013. She wants to be Miss South Africa because of a burning passion for her country and, more specifically, for its citizens.
? Ntsiki Mkhize is 23 and comes from Kliprivier, Midvaal, and holds a BCom Marketing Management and a BCom Honours in Logistics Management from the University of Johannesburg. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she began working in sales as a client executive at 21st Century Pay Solutions Group. This was prior to her recent appointment as partnerships and events manager for Small Business Connect. She loved this position as she felt it was a perfect outlet for her passion for small business and entrepreneurship, particularly among African youth and women.
Now she wants to wear the Miss South Africa crown!
? Refilwe Mthimunye is 22 and comes from Bronkhorstspruit in Tshwane. She was busy doing her 3rd year in LLB Law at the University of South Africa when she heard she had made the Miss South Africa 2015 Top 12. The reason she is studying law, she says, is that she feels that to be a great leader and politician one needs to know the laws oneself. “I’m doing my degree part time as I was also pursuing a modelling career with the help of Alushi Models Management.
So far she has successfully combined her two passions.
She was Miss Sundown’s 2nd princess in 2013 and was also placed as 2nd princess in 2012 for Miss Varsity College, Pretoria.
? Shanè Naidoo is 22 and comes from Farrarmere in Benoni. She is a third year student studying towards a degree in Industrial Engineering at Wits. She decided to study engineering because she enjoys the challenge that the course presents. She says the industrial engineering environment allows her to be creative and innovative while still applying logic and working with numbers.
“It’s a field that focuses on optimising and improving, which is something that speaks to me on so many different levels, as the knowledge obtained from this programme can be applied to a multitude of different areas in my life,” she says.
? Sihle Makhanya is 23 and the sole representative of KZN in this year’s competition. She hails from Panorama, Empangeni, and worked fulltime for Makhanya’s Services as a junior quantity surveyor technician intern. She was also completing her quantity surveyor diploma on a part-time basis and has already done her training, adding that she is two modules away from completion. She wants to be the next Miss South Africa because of a passion for her country: “The opportunities it has afforded me as a young woman have been endless and now I want to say thank you through giving back.”
? Taryn Morris is 25 and comes from Camps Bay, in Cape Town. She studied BCom marketing at Varsity College through UNISA. When she graduated she knew she wanted to go into the marketing side of the fashion industry. “I am currently working for a fashion distribution company. I am their brand manager and marketing co-ordinator, and I have recently been appointed to run all their sales in Johannesburg. I also model part time.”
She wants to be the next Miss South Africa as she thinks it is an ideal platform to be able to represent her country in the best way possible: “I value the fact that it would allow me to truly make a difference in South Africa.”
Miss South Africa Pageant, Sunday, March 29, 17h30 M-Net (Dstv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (Dstv Channel 161)