Miss SA Pageant: Facts You Need To Know About What The Judges Are Looking For


Soon, the winner of this year’s Miss SA pageant will be announced, but in the meantime, the judging panel for this weekend’s competition has been announced.

Maps Maponyane, Unathi Msengana, Cameron van der Burgh and Bridget Masinga are among those who will be deciding on who the crown fits the most.

Accordingly, the judges will decide on the winner of this year’s Miss SA pageant after putting the 12 Miss South Africa finalists through their paces.

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The judges were selected after due consideration of their experience in the industry. In turn, each of them brought a unique perspective to the panel.

Having been on the panel in the past, Unathi said that she was looking for a “great ambassador” for the nation. Someone who will represent the people well is all she wants.

“As people we are naturally beautiful inside and out. I will be looking for someone who I think South Africa can relate to, someone who South Africa can feel is there to be a great ambassador for the country,” she said.

Thus, Unathi advised the finalists to trust themselves and be natural.

On the other hand, TV personality Maps Maponyane said what works for him is self-confidence. For him, it’s not all about the beautiful faces but what you have inside.

Miss SA 2017 Finalists
Miss SA 2017 Finalists

“It really doesn’t come down to who is sexiest. Looks do not mean all that much to me. I have seen a lot of beauty in my years in the industry and eventually it hits a brick wall. She needs to have depth. She must be motivated, ambitious and not just talk the talk, but walk the walk,” Maps said.

The hunky TV star expressed his faith in his fellow judges on the judging panel for this year’s Miss SA pageant. He added that they will not disappoint in choosing the best woman to for the job.

Other personalities on the judging panel include; Gisele Wertheim Aymes, Ezra Davids and former Miss South Africa Claudia Henkel.

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The new queen will be crowned at Sun City on Sunday, March 26. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Mzansi Magic (Channel 161) and M-Net (Channel 101) at 5pm.

The winner will walk away with R1 million in cash, a car, an international holiday. In addition, other prizes worth over R2 million will be added to the list.