WATCH | Meet the new Miss South Africa

Lalela Mswane from KwaZulu-Natal has been crowned Miss South Africa 2021.

Lalela Mswane of KwaZulu-Natal was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 in the scintillating final of the contest held at Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town.

The 24-year-old – who comes from KwaSokhulu to Richards Bay – holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Pretoria. She is also a model and a dancer.

Mswane received R 1 million in cash as well as an additional R 3 million in sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a fully furnished and equipped apartment in the luxurious Central Square Sandton, with fabulous interior design by Vursa, and a Mercedes Benz C-Class Sedan for the year of his reign.

The two finalists were Moratwe Masima, a qualified physician from Midrand in Gauteng, and Zimi Mabunzi, a Bachelor of Law student from eQonce (King William’s Town) Eastern Cape. Both received R175,000.

These Top 3 will represent South Africa in the three most prestigious contests in the world – Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Supranational. Who will participate in which contest will be revealed in the coming days as the Miss South Africa organization decides which contestant would do best in which contest.

The Top 3 is, from left to right, Moratwe Masima, Miss SA Lalela Mswane and Zimi Mabunzi.

Miss SA 2021 Lalela Mswane.

Miss SA 2021 Lalela Mswane.

The mother of the new Miss South Africa, Hleliselwe, was an accountant who, after years of work, decided to take on the great responsibility of being a housewife. She has an older sister Hlobisile and a brother Mavela. Her father died 11 years ago.

In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech, Mswane described what she would like to achieve in the year of her reign:

“During the journey towards this title, I have made unemployment the cornerstone of all causes close to my heart because it not only affects our youth, but is the source of many social ills so prevalent in South Africa. It is now my duty as Miss South Africa to make sure that I start the conversation about unemployment among our young people and look for meaningful solutions that will have lasting effects on its reimbursement.

“My campaign aims to offer support to young people to help them create their own employment opportunities through entrepreneurial skills and in doing so empower them to be self-reliant and secure their own economic future. I do not take the magnitude of the task lightly or for granted because I know that unemployment is a complex problem. But taking action to reduce it is now more necessary than ever. Let us prepare to create and build healthy and sustainable entrepreneurial opportunities, to take charge and shape our own future. There has never been a better time to do it!

“A sincere note of gratitude to my compatriots Miss South Africa 2021 for making this trip so incredibly incredible. My beautiful South Africa, now that I have been so warmly welcomed into your hearts, I hope to bring you as much joy and pride as possible. My role now is to encourage, inspire, give hope and continue to work and build on the legacy of Miss South Africa’s past. I intend to live by every word I have spoken and to serve, lead and represent our beautiful nation to the best of my ability, ”she concluded.

The event was broadcast on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) and broadcast online to an international audience on The hosts were two of South Africa’s most beloved television personalities, Anele Mdoda and Nico Panagio, while the Miss Universe title holders, 2018 winner Catriona Gray and her 2019 Zozibini Tunzi, were presenters in behind the scenes.

The all-female selection panel included respected and influential personalities with reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza, joined by 2015 Miss Universe, TV personality, model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; the former holders of the title Miss South Africa Basetsana Kumalo (1994) and Tamaryn Green (2018); Actress Shannon Esra (The Queen); Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town Mamokgethi Phakeng and radio and television presenter Dineo Ranaka.

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International and the City of Cape Town.


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