Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned Miss South Africa 2016.
Runners-up are Elizabeth Molapo from the Freestate (1st Princess) and Tayla Skye Robinson from Gauteng (2nd Princess).
An excited and overwhelmed Kunene – a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga – said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.
In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech she said: “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa. Words cannot begin to describe the joy in my heart. I am delighted because I have the opportunity to give back to my nation; to inspire little girls like myself to have big dreams; to be a beacon of hope to the hopeless and to encourage young women to work tirelessly towards their goals, dreams and ambitions.”
As Miss South Africa 2016 Kunene has won cash, a car and products valued at more than R2 million. She also gets R600 000 courtesy of Cell C, Sun International and Varsity College to spend on random acts of kindness during her reign.
The event – broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic – was a star-studded affair. Tayla Skye Robinson was named winner of the World Swimsuit South Africa competition and will feature in a four page spread in the December issue of the magazine and receive R20 000 in cash courtesy of Sun International and Cell C.
Sun International’s Public Relations Executive, Claudia Henkel, said: “The pageant itself is a glamorous event, but it is more than just a beauty contest. It is about creating an iconic young South African woman who can stand alongside all people and be heard, and in so doing, make a difference.”
“It is about a South African woman who can inspire and help create opportunities for tomorrow’s generation.”
“The prospects that lie before Ntandoyenkosi with the Miss World and Miss Universe pageant later this year can also catapult her onto the world stage.”
“We have seen the success of Basetsane Kumalo who was one of our judges this year, as well as Peggy Sue Khumalo, Amy Kleynhans Curd, and Bokang Montjane to name just a few.”