After a countrywide search, a rigorous judging process and public votes, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters emerged victorious as she beat other beauties from across the country to be crowned this year’s Miss South Africa.
The final-year BCom business management and entrepreneurial studies student from the Western Cape was handed the crown of the prestige national beauty pageant by former Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene at a glittering Sun City ceremony on Sunday night.
She said: “I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for everything. He has blessed me just as he promised when he said I know the plans I have for you.
“As a young girl, I would watch the Miss South Africa competition wishing with all my heart that one day I, too, would be able to walk on that stage, just like those glamorous women I saw on television. Tonight, that dream came true.”
“So, as I stand here tonight, I wear this crown not only for that little girl in front of the TV but for every little girl with a dream, every South African with a dream of a better life, for every single person with a wish of wanting to live as the highest, truest versions of themselves. I will continue to wear this crown for all of them throughout my reign.
“Tonight, I stepped on that stage as Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; I now greet you as Miss South Africa 2017.”
The 21-year-old, who hails from Sedgefield in the southern Cape, could barely hold back the tears as Miss SA 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, placed the coveted crown on her head.
Boipelo Mabe, who was one of the crowd favourites, was second princess with first princess going to Ade van Heerden. Mabe, 23, hails from Alexandra in Joburg, and is a full-time Masters student, model and newsreader on Soweto TV, while 25-year-old Van Heerden is a medical doctor and second lieutenant in the South African Military Health Service. She is from the Western Cape.
Varsity College has also donated 12 bursaries valued at R44 000 for Miss South Africa to award to economically disadvantaged students. Women Empowered are also donating training and workshops valued at R80 000 for the winner to empower other young women. The Top 12 finalists also received R25 000 in cash.
Author: Staff Writer