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Finalists ready for Miss SA with help of mentors

Miss South Africa 2015 finalists huddle backstage during a rehearsal at the Sun City Superbowl on 26 March. PHOTO: Supplied

Miss South Africa 2015 finalists huddle backstage during a rehearsal at the Sun City Superbowl on 26 March. PHOTOS: Supplied

Twelve of South Africa’s most beautiful women will compete for the Miss South Africa crown and have been hard at work rehearsing and taking advice from former Miss South Africa winners serving as their mentors. The finalists who will appear in the show to be televised live from the Sun City Superbowl on 29 March are Kim Wentzel, Liesl Laurie, Chanelle Sardinha, Taryn Morris, Shanè Naidoo, Busi Mahlangu, Sihle Makhanya, Nicole Lee Lamberts, Danelle de Wet, Ntsiki Mkhize, Gugulethu Banda and Refilwe Mthimunye.

Peter Feldman, spokesperson for the Miss SA pageant, says since the inception the pageant has introduced many fiercely intelligent and beautiful ambassadors for the country and twelve former title holders have been mentoring this year’s finalists. He says the former Miss South Africa winners advising and sharing their experiences with finalists include Wilma van der Bijl, Bernelee Daniell, Peggy-Sue Khumalo, Sonia Raciti, Jo-Ann Strauss, Vanessa Carreira, Cindy Nell, Joan Ramagoshi, Nokuthula ‘Thuli’ Sithole, Tatum Keshwar, Nicole Flint and Bokang Montjane.

Miss South Africa mentors and finalists preparing for the 2015 pageant.

Miss South Africa mentors and finalists are ready for the 2015 pageant.

“The year’s glittering show will include appearances by Rolene Strauss, Miss World, Anneline Kriel, former Miss World, a host of former Miss SAs, celebrities and surprise appearances from some Sharks rugby players. Performers part of the entertainment line-up for the pageant are alternative group Gangs of Ballet, pop band Beatenberg, rapper AKA, and all-woman Classical crossover group Sterling EQ,” he says.

Claudia Henkel, PR manager for Sun International, says they want to continue making the Miss South Africa pageant relevant while enabling potential Miss South Africa winners to do well on the international stage. “What better way than getting those women, who know exactly what the currently finalists are experiencing to offer guidance and help. Their experience and input is invaluable to all these young women, whatever they do after the competition ends,” she says.