• New Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi to represent SA at Miss Universe

    PRETORIA – At a glittering event held at the Sun Arena in Pretoria, the gorgeous Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the winner of the Miss South Africa pageant.

    Tunzi walked away with the tightly contested pageant which also celebrated this year’s Women’s Day event.

    The glittering ceremony was hosted by Bonang Matheba in front of an audience of thousands and it was aired live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic where live music was provided by top artists such as Sho Madjozi, Nasty C, Amanda Black, and Jesse Clegg.

    Born in the Eastern Cape province, the 25-year-old is a public relations graduate from Tsolo just outside of Mthatha.

    The new Miss South Africa will represent the country at Miss Universe (Photo: Twitter)

    Although she now resides in Cape Town, Tunzi received a staggering R1-million in cash as well as a further R2 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year.

    Apart from the winner, runner-up Sasha-Lee Olivier (26), from Alberton, bagged a whopping R250 000 prize in cash.

    On the other hand, the Winner of the People’s Choice was Chuma Matsaluka, (21), from Nyanga in the Western Cape, who is in her third year of a humanities degree at University of Cape Town.

    “For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I had to do something extraordinary with my life. I knew that to live a fulfilling life I had to live a purposeful life; a life of service,” said the new Miss South Africa.

    “I believe that every single person was brought into this world for a purpose and that we should never leave the world as we found it, we should always strive to make a positive change.

    “At a young age I did not have a clear idea of how I would achieve this, but I knew I had to find a way to be impactful and to be a catalyst for positive change in my community and even the world.

    “Finally, everything has come full circle as I find myself with the Miss South Africa crown, ready to deliver on the promises I have been making since I was a child.

    “I am inspired by the likes of Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and those of their calibre. They understood fully what it means to be selfless and to stand for something.

    “I stand for the education of the South African youth, for equality and representation, as a Miss South Africa, I cannot wait to make a contribution to these important social causes.

    “I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form.

    “And so, through my win, I hope I have inspired people, even if just one person to be themselves at all times and to never compromise their identities, and to insert themselves in spaces where they feel that people like them do not belong. Because the truth is, we do belong and in the words of the actress Lupita Nyong’o ‘Your dreams are valid’.”

    Meanwhile, one of the most emotional moments was when the unsung “Mother of the Nation” accolade was handed to Solani Mirriam Mazibuko of the Orlando Children’s Home.

    Solani was honoured for her selflessness and unstinting dedication to children in distress and received R50 000 from the Miss South Africa Organisation and sponsors LFP Group.

     Following Tunzi’s historic achievement, she will now represent South Africa at the global pageant event, Miss Universe, set to be staged on 19 December whilst Olivier will compete at the Miss World event.

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