Miss South Africa 2020

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Miss SA 2020: Here are the official top 10 finalists [photos]

These are the 10 inspiring women who will be competing for the most coveted of all tiaras this year: Meet your Miss SA 2020 finalists right here…

Miss South Africa 2020

Photo: Miss SA

After months of whittling down the competition – and riding out a noted controversy or two – the 10 finalists for the Miss SA 2020 pageant have been revealed. We’ve got everything from medical doctors to high achievers, and even the odd trombonist to make up the coveted shortlist this year.

When will Miss SA 2020 take place?

Of course, with the coronavirus pandemic still threatening our way of life, this promises to be a competition like no other. Miss SA 2020 is set to get underway later this month, but there will be no crowds or cheering fans to will on their favourites – and a large proportion of the proceedings will be conducted virtually.

But, in this time of great adversity, this is the sort of welcome distraction most of us will need. All that’s left to do is for you to meet the finalists, and learn a bit more about these beautiful and intelligent entrants:

Who are the finalists for Miss SA 2020?

Aphelele Mbiyo

  • Age: 24
  • Location: Born in Mthatha, lives in Johannesburg
  • Livelihood: Holds a BA in Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Interesting fact: She’s an accomplished trombone player. How many Miss SA applicants can say that?

Busisiwe Mmotla

  • Age: 27
  • Location: Soweto
  • Livelihood: Studying towards a Diploma in Personal Training at Trifocus Fitness Academy, aspires to be a wellness coach
  • Interesting fact: She won Miss Soweto in 2017

Chantelle Pretorius

  • Age: 24
  • Location: Tshwane
  • Livelihood: Works as a model, owns a nutrition degree and currently studies Business Management
  • Interesting fact: Cites Rolene Strauss – a former pageant winner – as her inspiration

Jordan van der Vyver

  • Age: 24
  • Location: Greenpoint, Cape Town
  • Livelihood: Full-time model
  • Interesting fact: Spends six months of the year working on some of the biggest fashion campaigns in America

Karishma Ramdev

  • Age: 25
  • Location: From Chatsworth KZN, but now lives in Johannesburg
  • Livelihood: Medical doctor working at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital
  • Interesting fact: Says she would use her Miss SA title to promote safe hygiene and health practices

Lebogang Mahlangu

  • Age: 24
  • Location: Soshanguve, Gauteng
  • Livelihood: Research scientist, specialising in food development
  • Interesting fact: Lebogang played soccer for Gauteng at a regional level, and wanted to become a Banyana Banyana player

Melissa Nayimuli

  • Age: 24
  • Location: Sunninghill, Johannesburg
  • Livelihood: She’s an account manager for a marketing agency
  • Interesting fact: Has previously earned a BA in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA and majored in television writing.

Natasha Joubert

  • Age: 22
  • Location: Centurion
  • Livelihood: Public Relations Officer at RFJ Inc
  • Interesting fact: Studied in Boston, Massachusetts for her BCom Marketing Management Degree.

Shudufhadzo Musida

  • Age: 23
  • Location: Ha-Mssia, Limpopo
  • Livelihood: Studying for a BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
  • Interesting fact: She’s a keyboard player – perhaps Shudufhadzo should form a band with fellow finalist Aphelele Mbiyo?

Thato Mosehle

  • Age: 25
  • Location: Klerksdorp, North West
  • Livelihood: Medical doctor and aspiring anesthesiologist
  • Interesting fact: Got into pageantry after initially aiming to become a netball player for South Africa.