Miss SA 2020 to be crowned this weekend

Top 10 Miss SA finalists Busisiwe Mmotla (Soweto), Thato Mosehle (Klerksdorp) and Shudufhadzo Musida (Venda) are confident ahead of Saturday's finale which takes place at The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This is the first time in the history of the pageant that it has taken place in the Mother City. Pictures: Yolanda van der Stoep

The countdown to the Miss South Africa pageant has officially begun. Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at The Table Bay Hotel tomorrow, and all indications are that it will be a show to remember.

Some of the country’s best and most exciting performers will be part of the line-up, including Mi Casa, Sho Madjozi, Ami Faku, Jimmy Nevis and Sun El-Musician. The show’s host is actress, media personality and humanitarian Nomzamo Mbatha with TV host, actress and model Lalla Hirayama as a supporting presenter.

The show’s director and executive producer, Gavin Wratten, says that the Covid-19 pandemic may have restricted them in some ways, but it has also opened up many new and exciting opportunities.

“In 2020 we won’t just be broadcasting from one stage, we will actually be using the whole city of Cape Town as our stage, with additional crossings to Johannesburg. We will be broadcasting from the beach, from the city, from the harbour as well as from atop the Miss South Africa apartment building in Sandton.”

The contestants will be judged on the night by an all-female judging line-up, including some of the country’s most respected and influential personalities, such as Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi; Peggy-Sue Khumalo; Anele Mdoda; Leandie du Randt as well as actress Kim Engelbrecht.

According to a statement by the organisation, Miss South Africa 2020 will take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth in excess of R3 million. The winner will receive R1 million in cash from the Miss South Africa Organisation, as well as the use of a fully furnished and serviced apartment at luxurious Central Square with fabulous interior décor by Enza Home and a Mercedes Benz C200 Cabriolet for the year of her reign.

Miss South Africa 2020 will be screened live on Saturday, October 24, from 17h00 on M-Net DStv Channel 101 and Mzansi Magic DStv Channel 161.

Sazly Hartzenberg