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
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Nicole van Niekerk