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Nandipha Pantsi
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29 Mar 2014
11:00 am

Crowning the next Miss South Africa

Nandipha Pantsi

Despite public concerns about the pageant's relevance, Miss South Africa judges Anele Mdoda and Kojo Baffoe are excited about crowning the next winner.

The 12 Miss South Africa finalists who hope to walk away with the crown tomorrow.

“Before making the decision to become a judge for the pageant, I thought long and hard about the kind of message that pageants send,” says magazine editor Baffoe.

“The truth is, Miss South Africa has evolved. It isn’t only about beauty, but is more about finding a smart, and authentic person who will be a proud ambassador for our country.”

Kojo Baffoe is adamant that pageants are evolving.

Kojo Baffoe is adamant that pageants are evolving.

But for radio personality and fellow judge Anele Mdoda, beauty is just as important as the other criteria – if not more so.

“Beautiful woman are constantly having to apologise for hitting the gene lottery, yet we do not ask for these apologies from fast people or smart people. I say if you are pretty, use it all you want to get ahead, I don’t see anyone crucifying me for using my sharp wit to get ahead.”

For Mdoda, beauty – together with personality, kindness and longevity – are the characteristics of a perfect ambassador.

“I am not looking for someone to wear a crown for one year, I want someone who will carry the title into 2024.”

As a judge on Miss SA, Anele Mdoda wants someone with personality. Pictures: Supplied.

As a judge on Miss SA, Anele Mdoda wants someone with personality. Pictures: Supplied.