Judges for Miss South Africa revealed

These are the people who on Monday, May 16, will reveal the shortlist of 30 participants in the pageant.

By Edward Tsumele, CITYLIFE/ARTS Editor

The Miss South Africa pageant can no longer be taken as  just an entertainment calendar on the South African events scene as over the years, it has matured and has become a sophisticated affair.

The quality of the participant has improved remarkably, with most of the young women attracted by the pageant boasting impressive academic credentials, from doctors to economists, who fight it out with models and students to gain the attention and the approval of the judges of the pageant.

Miss South Africa’s prizes have also improved remarkably, making those who triumph instant millionaires as the prizes run into the millions these days. Not to mention the social currency that comes with being Miss South Africa as the position holds doors for the winner to a network of the influential and powerful in society. Business opportunities are also abundant. Most of the previous holders of this prestigious and influential title have gone own to do amazing things, both in South Africa and internationally.

Therefore those who decide who gets to be miss South Africa, the judges have a huge responsibility, bigger than that carried by their predecessors decades ago. In other words, the judges have to be up to scratch and their integrity must be beyond reproach.

The Miss South Africa pageant has therefore announced the judges for this year’s pageant.

Meet the judges who will choose this year’s Miss South Africa Top 30, the list of which will be revealed live on the Miss South Africa app on Monday, May 16 at 19h00.
 They are previous judge and Miss South Africa 2015, Liesl Laurie-Mthombeni, body positive activist Tracey-Lee Lusty Horwitz, business dynamo Koo Govender, fashion designer Khosi Nkosi, businesswoman and award-winning editor Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa, actor Simoné Nortmann and actor and TV personality Thando Thabethe.

Tracey-Lee Lusty Horwitz

Says Laurie-Mthombeni: “Being a part of the Miss South Africa judging panel is always such an honour for me because I am part of a group of incredibly powerful women that are sitting together and choosing the next ambassador for South Africa. This is essentially a woman that will go on to represent us internationally. Sitting on this panel is something I do not take for granted. I understand that this is a huge job interview and I always encourage the entrants of the pageant to treat it as such.”
 Adds Lusty Horwitz: “It is a privilege to be included in the judging panel this year.

I’ve taken a keen interest in Miss South Africa since 2014 so accepting the invitation to be a judge this year has been a professional highlight for me. I was blown away by the calibre of entrants and the ladies certainly didn’t make our task easy.

I am looking for a dynamic young woman who radiates a warm and elegant confidence, is selfless and unapologetic, possesses incredible inner strength and has a clear understanding of what it means to be both a local and global ambassador for South Africa. She must inspire others, be a role model and be open to personal growth. She must demonstrate a fierce commitment to her advocacy and be authentic in her pursuit of the crown.”

Koo Govender

CEO of Dentsu, Koo Govender had this to say about her involvement as a first-time judge in the pageant process: “I am honoured to have been invited as a judge for Miss South Africa 2022. As a strong advocate for women empowerment, being associated with the Miss South Africa brand is completely aligned with my personal values and passion for women upliftment. This year’s judging has been a rigorous and robust process as the calibre of women who have entered and qualified are truly in a league of their own. I have absolutely loved the opportunity and I am so looking forward to seeing these phenomenal women thrive.”

Khosi Nkosi

 Says Khosi Nkosi: “With the brand, Khosi Nkosi being involved with Miss South Africa for the past couple of years, it’s a befitting honour and humbling experience to be involved in the selection process of Miss South Africa 2022. The calibre of entries showcased the vast facets of our country and how much impact the pageant holds in changing the lives of the entrants. The deliberation process may have taken longer than we had anticipated, however I believe we have chosen a strong Miss SA Top 30.”

Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa

Editor-in-Chief of True Love magazine, Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa says: “The Miss South Africa pageant represents the hope and aspirations of not only the many young South African women who enter annually but to South Africa as a whole. Over the years, our generation has witnessed many a young woman’s life and communities being transformed for the better. The pageant has grown to reflect the mood and values of a beautiful nation, united in our diversity. I’m proud to have been part of a panel to present South Africa with the 30 young women who represent the best in all of us.”  
While Simoné Nortmann said: “I feel incredibly honoured to be on the judging panel of Miss SA. I’ve followed the competition ever since I was a little girl and have always been so inspired by the way these women steward their platforms to affect change. This is such a strong group of women; evident by the long hours it took to select the top 30. I can’t wait to meet them face to face to find our next Miss SA who will blow the nation away with her charisma, leadership skills, authenticity, relatability, intelligence and kindness.”

Thando Thabethe

“Being part of the judging panel for Miss South Africa 2022 has been exciting and an experience I will forever treasure,” says Thando Thabethe.
“Miss SA has proven to be a platform that celebrates women from all backgrounds and has solidified the idea that beauty isn’t a mould that one has to fit into. The women we have seen so far have been simply exceptional and I cannot wait to help change another young woman’s life.”
For more information on Miss South Africa 2022, download the Miss South Africa App from the Apple App Store or Google Play store for free.
Once you have downloaded the app, pay just R49.99 for the Top 30/10 Journey bundle and you will become part of the exclusive Miss South Africa club and can watch key announcements as they happen, including:

  • The Top 30 reveal on May 16
  • All the Top 30 interviews
  • The Top 10 reveal

 Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International and Brand South Africa.

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