Lily Rose
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5 May 2018
8:11 pm

Get to know the Miss SA 2018 top 12 finalists

Lily Rose

Here’s a look at the ladies who will be vying for the Miss South Africa crown.

Miss SA 2018 top 12. Picture: Instagram

Miss South Africa officials have announced the names of the women who will compete for the coveted title on May 29 2018.

The top 12 were revealed in Pretoria on Thursday. Gauteng is leading the group with the most finalists.

Miss SA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018 and has made a few changes to the pageant. The women who are the last two standing will both get to represent South Africa at an international pageant.

One of the top finalists will be crowned Miss World South Africa, and the other Miss Universe South Africa. But only one woman will be 2018’s reigning Miss South Africa after being asked a final question.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the Miss SA title in 2017 and went on to claim the Miss Universe crown. Adè van Heerden was promoted from first princess to Miss SA after Demi-Leigh was named Miss Universe.

Who do you think will win this year? Check out the finalists.

Akile Khoza

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Province: Mpumalanga

Age: 23

Occupation: Master’s student in neuroscience at the University of Stellenbosch

“To what great honor do I owe this? Miss SA top 12 2018! Such an incredible moment! A once in a lifetime opportunity!”

Anzelle von Staden

Province: Gauteng

Age: 24

Occupation: Full-time model

“Today is a day I will never forget because today one of my biggest dreams came true . It’s such an honor to be one of the 12 finalists for Miss South Africa 2018 . Can’t explain the happiness I’m feeling right now.”

Bryoni Govender

Province: Gauteng

Age: 21

Occupation: Student LLB Law, University of Johannesburg

“Thank God, my dream has become a reality. It is official and honestly quite overwhelming.”

Daniellë de Jager

Province: Eastern Cape

Age: 20

Occupation: Student, BHSc Biokinetics with Honours at Nelson Mandela University

“No ways I’m letting go of these ladies, we’re like a little family now,” Daniellë said about her fellow top 12 finalists.

Karishma Ramdev

Province: KwaZulu-Natal

Age: 23

Occupation: Medical student at the University of Pretoria

“This is something that I’ve dreamt about doing for the longest time and day by day, moment by moment I’m getting closer!”

Margo Fargo

Province: Free State

Age: 25

Occupation: Part-time model, natural hair influencer, co-director A&M Foundation (NPO).

“I am young woman from Heidedal who has goals bigger than circumstances and setbacks. The beautiful thing is, there are thousands of us across this country and the world. Do not change your story, tell it unapologetically.”

Noxolo Ndebele

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Province: KwaZulu-Natal

Age: 25

Occupation: Project financial controller at IDT, part-time model

“It always seems impossible right? Look at this, I have been chosen as one of the 12 finalists for Miss SA 2018. All the best to my fellow contestants.”

Tamarin Bensch

Province: Western Cape (originally from Gauteng)

Age: 25

Occupation: Property management and interior renovations

“I am so happy to share the incredible news that I am a top 12 finalist for Mis SA 2018.”

Tamaryn Green

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Province: Western Cape

Age: 23

Occupation: Medicine student (MBChB) at the University of Cape Town

“I am beyond happy and blessed. Thank you to everyone who showed support and confidence in me. I’m ready to continue this amazing journey and represent my country.”

Thandokazi Mfundisi

Province: Eastern Cape

Age: 24

Occupation: LLB student at the University of Fort Hare

“So grateful to have been afforded the opportunity to be a top 12 finalist for Miss SA. Thank you for the support and of course a big thank you to Cell C and Sun International for blessing women like me with this platform.”

Tharina Botes

Province: Gauteng

Age: 21

Occupation: BCom Marketing and business student at Damelin, part-time model

“Top 12 Miss South Africa! Words cannot describe how happy I am. Watching Miss SA growing up and seeing all those beautiful and inspirational women on stage was a dream of mine, and now I get to be one of them. The Miss South Africa organization has really been taking such great care of us.”

Thulisa Keyi

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Province: Gauteng

Age: 26

Occupation: Graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BCom Accounting and PGDA

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Through this journey, I hope to find my voice and share my story.”

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