Miss SA semi-fi­nal­ists an­nounced

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - SOLLY MAPHUMULO

THE 24 semi-fi­nal­ists for Miss South Africa 2015, who will be vy­ing for the crown in March, were re­vealed in Sun City yes­ter­day.

One of the beauty queens will suc­ceed Miss South Africa Ro­lene Strauss, who is in London to take part in the Miss World pageant next month.

Among the Miss South Africa semi-fi­nal­ists are Altina Vries, Aseza Matanz­ima, Busi Mahlangu, Chanelle Sardinha, Danelle de Wet, Gugulethu Banda, Iman Sheik, Kelly Davids and Kim Wentzel.

The list of cre­den­tials of the Miss SA semi-fi­nal­ists is im­pres­sive.

Many of the en­trants have com­pleted their stud­ies or are study­ing to­wards de­grees.

The gor­geous 23-year-old Melissa May Kock, from Knysna in the Western Cape, is a qual­i­fied speech-lan­guage and hear­ing ther­a­pist.

She is do­ing a com­mu­nity ser­vice year at Hu­mans­dorp Provin­cial Hos­pi­tal.

Rachelle Gi­et­zen, 22, from Ron­de­bosch in Cape Town, is a fourth-year med­i­cal stu­dent at UCT.

She said: “I plan to use my med­i­cal de­gree in mul­ti­ple are­nas.

“I want to be a physi­cian within my lo­cal com­mu­nity, but also ad­vo­cate na­tional health pro­grammes, and con­duct med­i­cal re­search at a global level.”

Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment, it was also re­vealed that the part­ner­ship with the 2014 head­line spon­sor, Cell C, had been so suc­cess­ful that the cell­phone op­er­a­tor had signed a new three-year-con­tract with the Miss South Africa pageant, which will run un­til 2017.

Ali­son McKie, Sun In­ter­na­tional group man­ager of mar­ket­ing, said the company had em­barked on an in­cred­i­ble jour­ney last year that changed the con­cept of the Miss South Africa pageant.

“It was one of our most suc­cess­ful years ever with Ro­lene Strauss be­ing crowned Miss South Africa 2014.”

McKie said Sun In­ter­na­tional, long-time li­cence hold­ers of the Miss South Africa ti­tle, along with Cell C, had de­cided that the pageant needed an ex­cit­ing make-over to be rel­e­vant to a con­tem­po­rary South Africa.

For the first time, the semi­fi­nal­ists would visit their home­towns to meet and en­gage their own com­mu­ni­ties, she said.

The 10 fi­nal­ists will be re­vealed early next year as the build-up to the glit­ter­ing oc­ca­sion con­tin­ues.


The Miss South Africa Co and Cell C an­nounced the 24 semi-fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious beauty com­pe­ti­tion, at The Maslow Ho­tel in Sand­ton yes­ter­day.

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