Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016
Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.
She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”
The 2016 Miss South Africa pagaent took place at Carnival City on the East Rand tonight.
The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.
Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.
Miss South Africa judge Basetsana Kumalo is undergoing surgery after breaking her ankle at her son’s school .
Basetsana Kumalo was attending her son’s school concert when she slipped in the rain.
Miss South Africa is scheduled to take place on Saturday at Carnival City but organisers have made the decision not to replace Kumalo on the judging panel at this late stage and her scores to date still stand.
“We wish Basetsana a speedy recovery and thank her for her invaluable input as both a former Miss South Africa herself and a respected businesswomen. She has already made an enormous contribution to this year’s pageant and we feel that she is irreplaceable at this late stage. We will miss her on the evening,” said Sun International PR Manager Claudia Henkel
The remaining judges are Kojo Baffoe, Sophie Ndaba, Casper Bosman and Pnina Fenster