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Tonight, th­ese young women will bat­tle it out for the Miss SA crown at the Sun City Su­per­bowl. And, this year, brains may count at least as much as beauty.

The fi­nal­ists share plenty of grey mat­ter: Adè van Heer­den (25) is a med­i­cal doc­tor and sec­ond lieu­tenant in the mil­i­tary health ser­vices, and Boipelo Mabe (23), the daugh­ter of a taxi driver, is a full-time mas­ter’s stu­dent.

There are a cou­ple of busi­ness moguls in the mak­ing, in­clud­ing Le­na­sia’s Iman Mk­wanazi (26), who runs her own con­struc­tion com­pany; Soweto’s Nom­pumelelo Mam­pholo (20), who owns a stake in an event and man­age­ment com­pany; and Krugers­dorp’s Shelbe Pre­to­rius (23), who owns a mod­el­ling busi­ness.

There are a num­ber of stu­dents among the fi­nal­ists, in­clud­ing Sedge­field’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (21), who is study­ing to­wards a BCom; Mabopane’s Odirile Sepeng (23), who is a BCom law stu­dent; Dur­ban’s Priyeshka Lutch­man (24), who is study­ing busi­ness man­age­ment; and Benoni’s Shané Naidoo (24), who is study­ing in­dus­trial engi­neer­ing at Wits Univer­sity.

There are a few mod­els among them too, in­clud­ing Mtun­zini’s Kayla Mal­herbe (21) and Pre­to­ria’s Ni­cole van Niek­erk (26).

But the con­tes­tant City Press feels the most sorry for is Pre­to­ria’s Yuta Rauben­heimer (25), who is a cus­tomer ser­vice su­per­vi­sor for Gau­train – we won­der how many peo­ple scream at her ev­ery day. TALK TO US

Tell us who you think will take home the Miss SA crown tonight

Odirile Sepeng

Shelbe Pre­to­rius

Ni­cole van Niek­erk

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