When Miss South Africa 2016 is announced at Carnival City on March 19 she will be crowned with a brand new glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title.
Sun International, in collaboration with Cell C, has unveiled a magnificent crown named Enhle, especially created for the dazzling occasion by Jack Friedman Jewellers. The name, which means “beautiful one” in isiZulu, was chosen through a social media competition which attracted hundreds of entries.
A key feature of the crown, which is made of silver, is the inclusion of an infinity sign to symbolise the enormity and ongoing nature of Miss South Africa’s role, not only during her year of reign but into the future. The crown’s three largest stones are sugilite (also called luvulite and sold as the stone of love) which are often associated with royalty thanks to their purple colour. These were mined near Hotazel in the Northern Cape. Other stones used in the crown are amethyst and white quartz crystals.
Says Howard Friedman, designer of the crown and owner of Jack Friedman Jewellers: “We chose the materials used in Enhle to be symbolic of Miss South Africa’s reign. Sugilite is believed to have protective and healing properties. We hope that it will keep her safe during her reign as well as help her unite our nation. Amethyst is a stone that works in the emotional, physical and spiritual planes to provide calm, balance, patience and peace.”
Says Claudia Henkel, PR Manager: Sun International: “The crown is a real show-stopper and worthy of Miss South Africa. While it is eye-catching and beautiful, it is also a practical headpiece. This prestigious crown will be worn by a young woman who truly deserves it and we at Sun International look forward to the crowning.”
Suzette van der Merwe, Managing Executive of the Cell C Foundation says: “The names of all former Miss South Africa title holders are going to be engraved on the crown, so that the history of Miss South Africa over the decades carries on through this crown.”
The 12 women who are vying to wear Enhle are Elizabeth Molapo (Bloemfontein, Free State); Felicia Muwayi (Nelspruit, Mpumalanga); Luyolo Mngonyama (Umtata, Eastern Cape); Marciel Hopkins (Paarl, Western Cape); Mikaela Oosthuizen (Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape); Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mkhondo, Mpumalanga); Reabetswe Sechoaro (Pretoria East, Gauteng); Ronette Chambers (Cape Town, Western Cape); Sarah Botes (Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng); Schané Venter (Alberton, Gauteng); Sharon-Rose Khumalo (Pretoria, Gauteng) and Tayla Skye Robinson (Roodepoort, Gauteng).
The Miss South Africa pageant will be televised on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) from 17h00 to 19h00.
Jack Friedman Jewellers also designed the previous Miss South Africa Palesa crown which was first worn by Rolene Strauss who went onto become Miss World.