Free State ready for Miss SA

FS Miss SA top 30 finalists from left: Kgaketsang Mathobisa and Tshegofatso Molefe. PHOTO (on right): Scene capture production

The Miss South Africa pageant has revealed the top 30 for 2021. Among them are two Free State women, Kgaketsang Mathobisa from Bloemfontein and Tshegofatso Molefe from Kestell. Both ladies are not under any modelling agency but have been in the pageantry world before.

Kgaketsang said she has always been interested in pageantry, especially the Miss SA competition and she was part of 14 finalists of Miss Free State 2020/2021. “I am so grateful to have made it this far and excited to embark on the journey ahead,” she said when asked how she feels to be on the top 30. She is a third year student at the University of the Free State pursuing a BA in Integrated Organisational Communication. She stated she has always wanted to enter Miss SA but she felt she did not hold the qualities it takes, but after noticing how much more inclusive the organisation has become and how they embrace authenticity, she had no excuse not to enter.

Should she win Miss SA, she said, she wants to work with the organisation to continue defying the status quo and be at the forefront of fight against social injustices. “I also want to inspire and encourage all the women and young ladies of South Africa to go after each and every one of their hopes and dreams, to be intentional about who and what they want to be and daring enough to go after it.”

Tshegofatso explained what it feels like to be in the top 30. “It feels surreal. This has been a childhood dream and I’m beyond grateful to be living it.” Tshegofatso has previously held the following titles; Miss Pietermaritzburg (Mgungundlovu) 2014, Miss Edendale Summer 2014, Miss Qwa-Qwa first runner up 2015, Miss Hammarsdale second runner up 2016, and Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Free-State 2020. She said what inspired her to enter the beauty pageant is that she shares the same value as the Miss SA organisation. “I want to share my truth and to inspire others to live their truth. There’s nothing beyond reach.” What she wants to do when she wins Miss SA, is to give the youth of South Africa purpose and educate them. “There is so much potential and opportunities! We do not have to remain captives of the circumstances we were born into. We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

Corn Koteli