By CityLife Arts Writer
The Miss South Africa pageant has gotten a nod from the judges of this year’s South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS), the organisers have confirmed in a media release.
“The Miss South Africa Organisation is delighted to announce that the Miss South Africa 2022 live pageant has been nominated for a South African Film & Television Award (SAFTA) ahead of this week’s live finale on Sunday.
Last year – for the first time in its illustrious history – an all-female team organised, produced and directed the live Miss South Africa pageant and oversaw its debut offshoot reality television series Crown Chasers.
This is particularly pertinent considering the ethos of the Miss South Africa pageant and that the crowning takes place in Women’s Month in August.
At the helm of the Miss South Africa Organisation is CEO, Stephanie Weil. The production staff – who are at the helm again this year for Sunday’s live pageant – were Black Swan Media and their all-female led creative team as the producers and directors. This includes Relebogile Mabotja, Black Swan Media Executive Producer and Producer, the live Miss South Africa 2022 and 2023 Technical Director Nadia White and Creative Director Azania Muendane,”the stamen reads.
“We are ecstatic at the nod and recognition for our hard work and being a female-led team makes this even sweeter. It really boils down to being a collaborative effort of many women, supported by the exceptional nameless faces and minds that work unrecognised behind the scenes,” explains Mabotja.
The Miss South Africa team includes Weil, COO Schané Fouché, Miss South Africa manager, Nhlanhla Shezi, head of legal Lisa Shein, PR specialist Janine Greenleaf Walker, writer Charmain Naidoo and social media specialists Kopano Tsengiwe and Thato Mphosi.
Says Weil: “What an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award – it is a wonderful recognition of all the hard work the team has put in. We look forward to showing Miss South Africa fans and supporters what we have planned this coming weekend. Don’t miss it!”
The 2023 Miss South Africa pageant, which takes place on Sunday at Sun International’s flagship venue, the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Pretoria, and promises to be a spectacular and entertainment-packed show. Miss South Africa 2023 will be broadcast live on SABC 3 from 18h30 and streamed live for an international audience on the Miss South Africa app. Bookings to attend the live pageant are open at Ticketpro.
The Top 7 competing for the crown are Anke Rothmann (23) from the Northern Cape; Bryoni Govender (26) from Gauteng; Homba Mazaleni (23) from the Eastern Cape; Jordan van der Vyver (27), from the Western Cape; Melissa Nayimuli (27) from the Eastern Cape; Nande Mabala (25), from the Western Cape and Natasha Joubert (25) from Gauteng.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with Sun International. SABC3 is the official broadcast partner.