The new Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who hails from Cape Town, takes over from last year’s winner Ntandoyenkosi Kunene. She walks away with prizes worth R2 million and a R1-million cash prize.
Adè van Heerden and Boipelo Mabe were crowned first and second princesses respectively.
For the first time in the history of the pageant, the public voted via SMS for their favourite semi-finalists. It contributed 25% of the overall final vote.
The pageant’s judging panel consisted of some of the country’s best known names and trendsetters, including actor and businessman Maps Maponyane, radio personality Unathi Msengana, Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh and former Miss South Africa winner Claudia Henkel.
Outgoing Miss South Africa Ntandoyenkosi Kunene handed over her crown to the new winner.
Demi-Leigh via her Instagram account expressed her delight on Tuesday: "Finding it hard to put into words how I'm feeling. How do you even begin to try and describe the night your life changed forever. The one word that keeps on popping into my head is gratefulness. I'm eternally grateful that the judges and you guys got to see and hear a bit of my heart, for not giving up on dreaming this dream with me and also now for the opportunity I have to serve my country, to be an ambassador for the initiatives Cell C and Sun Int have set out. Before I was crowned I promised to see and meet as many of my fellow countrymen and I plan on doing just that. I can't wait to travel all over the country, to big cities and small towns to get to know you.
I'm reminded today of a quote by Maya Angelou," I come as one but I stand as ten thousand"
Image credit: Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters