The Miss SA organisation has announced the Top 10 finalists for the 2022 pageant. They are Anarzade Omar, Ayanda Thabethe, Itumeleng Parage, Keaoleboga Nkashe, Lebogang Mahlangu, Luvé Meyer, Luyanda Zuma, Ndavi Nokeri, Pearl Ntshehi and Tamsyn Jack.
The contestants represent five provinces:
- Gauteng has four (two from Tshwane and one each from Soweto and Crown Gardens),
- KZN and the Western Province each has two
- Limpopo and North West with one finalist each.
They are an impressive group and include a candidate attorney; students studying law, performing arts and dietetics; a psychology honours graduate; entrepreneurs and small business owners and models. Take a look…
The winner of the People’s Vote was Limpopo’s Ndavi Nokeri who works in asset management.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TOP 10
- Anarzade Omar (23) is from Crown Gardens, Johannesburg, Gauteng. She has a BA in Strategic Communication in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg and works as a social media manager at a digital marketing agency.
- Ayanda Thabethe (22) is from Maritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. She is currently pursuing a degree in dietetics and human nutrition. Thabethe is delighted that both the KZN Top 10 finalists come from Maritzburg.
- Itumeleng Parage (22) comes from Central Western Jabavu in Soweto, Gauteng, and is a Bachelor of Law student with a Bachelor of Arts (law major) degree from the University of Witwatersrand. Parage is delighted to be representing Soweto
- Keaoleboga Nkashe (26) is from Itsoseng, in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district in the North West province and is a post-graduate student, freelance model and kindergarten teacher.
- Lebogang Mahlangu (26) is from Soshanguve in Tshwane, Gauteng, and works for a multinational FMCG company as a procurement specialist.
- Luvé Meyer (25) comes from Brackenfell in Cape Town in the Western Cape. She has a Bachelor of Health Science and Social Services degree and an honours degree in psychology from the University of South Africa and is a full-time model and small business co-owner.
- Luyanda Zuma (20) is from Maritzburg KwaZulu-Natal and is an international model, entrepreneur and a final year Bachelor of Live Performance student at AFDA. Zuma explains: “I am thrilled to have made the Top 10.
- Ndavi Nokeri (23) comes from Tzaneen in Limpopo. She has a BCom Investment Management degree from the University of Pretoria and is currently working for an asset management firm.
- Pearl Ntshehi (25) was born and raised in Mamelodi but currently lives in Centurion in Tshwane, Gauteng. She is a candidate attorney and has BCom Law, BCom Honours and LLB degrees.
- Tamsyn Jack (25), from Somerset West in the Western Cape, is an entrepreneur working with some of South Africa’s leading start-ups and small businesses. She graduated with a Food Science Degree from the University of Stellenbosch.
This year’s Top 10 judges were radio presenter and personality and Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie, body positive activist Tracey-Lee Lusty Horwitz, Dentsu CEO Koo Govender, fashion designer Khosi Nkosi, True Love Editor-in-Chief, Makhosazana Zwane-Siguqa, actor Simoné Nortmann and actor and TV personality Thando Thabethe.
The Miss South Africa pageant is back in Gauteng this year with the 2022 winner set to be crowned at Sun International’s flagship venue, the SunBet Arena at Time Square, Pretoria. It promises to be a spectacular and entertainment-packed show and will fittingly take place during Women’s Month, on Saturday, 13 August. As in previous years, it will also be broadcast live on DStv’s M-Net and Mzansi Magic and streamed for an international audience on the Miss South Africa app.