The Miss South Africa pageant spectacular will take place today Friday, August 9 at Sun Arena at Time Square, Pretoria.
16 finalists who will compete for the coveted crown newly locally designed glittering masterpiece named Buhle
The crown’s name is inspired by uBuhle Bethungo Lenkosazane- meaning “the beauty of a rainbow” and was chosen as a celebration of women, cultural diversity and the rainbow nation.
World-renowned local jewellery designer, Johan Louw, collaborated on the design with American Swiss.
According to American Swiss, the crown is handcrafted in premium sterling silver and features more than 2 500 fine-cut cubic zirconia stones of the highest grade, which were hand cut and set by master diamond cutters and have a total weight of 182 carats.
Reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray, will join her predecessor, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, and three other well-known women, on the panel that will choose Miss South Africa 2019.
As well as Gray and former Miss South Africa Nel-Peters (who is now based in the US and took the Miss Universe title in 2017), the line-up includes the queen of SA talk and radio jock, Anele Mdoda,
Actress and businesswoman, Connie Ferguson and SA model, activist and lawyer, Thando Hopa, who was the first woman with albinism to grace the cover of Vogue.
The all-female judging line-up includes some of the country’s most respected and influential personalities.
The show will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).
This year, members of the public can vote for their favourite contestant on the Miss South Africa website: www.misssa.co.za.
The winner of the People’s Choice will automatically make it to the top 10 on pageant night.
There is close to R3 million in prize money and sponsorships for this year’s glittering pageant, with the winner walking away with R1 million in cash as well as other fabulous prizes.
The runner-up takes home R250, 000 in cash and all 16 finalists will receive R25, 000.