While the nation was celebrating the National Women’s Day that was held on the 9th of August, 2019, a new Miss South Africa 2019 winner emerged during the 61st anniversary of the Miss South Africa pageant. Who is the new Miss South Africa 2019? She is known as Zozibini Tunzi. The event was held at the Sun Arena in Time Square, Pretoria. Among other things, in this article, we discuss interesting details that you should know about this new Miss SA.
Before she won the coveted Miss South Africa 2019 title, the new Miss SA 2019 Zozibini Tunzi was completing her BTech graduate degree programme in Public Relations Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It was after then that she worked in the Public Relations department of Ogilvy Cape Town as a graduate intern. Now that she has won the crown, she will be taking it over from the current Miss South Africa Tamaryn Green.
Miss South Africa
The Miss South Africa pageant was established in 1956, but then, only the "white" (Caucasian) females could contest. The essence of the event was to send someone who would represent the country in London for the Miss World pageant. The first-ever female to be crowned was Norma Vorster before an 18-year-old Penny Coelen, a secretary from Durban, was crowned two years later. Coelen also made history by winning Miss World.
However, in 1992, there was a change, and the competition became open to all girls of all races. Among others, some of the Miss South Africa winners who have been celebrated so far include Amy Kleinhans, Basetsana Makgalemele, Bernalee Daniell, Peggy-Sue Khumalo, and Kerishnie Naicker. Then, in recent times, we have Liesl Laurie (2015), Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (2016), Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (2017), and Tamaryn Green, who was crowned in 2018 before Zozibini Tunzi became the latest winner of the crown.
Interesting facts about Mrs South Africa 2019
1. The new Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi is 25 years old
Zozibini Tunzi was born on the 18th of September, 1993. She would be 26 years by next month.
2. She is from a small village in the Eastern Cape
Zozibini Tunzi hails from a small village in the Eastern Cape known as Tsolo in eSdwadweni. However, she was raised in a village not far from Sidwadweni.
3. Her role models are her parents
Just like a few other people would lay claim on their parents as their sources of inspiration, Zozibini Tunzi is also proud to have wonderful parents who also dub as her role models. Apart from them, she has also confessed that Caster Semenya is another person who she gets inspirations from. Then, while she was giving her acceptance speech, she said, "I am inspired by the likes of Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, and those of their calibre. They understood fully what it means to be selfless and to stand for something."
4. Zozibini is an entertainment addict
Apart from her passion for education, the new Miss SA Zozibini also has moments dedicated to entertainment. It will interest you to know that she used to be a Game of Thrones addict as well as a hard-core Marvel fan. Then, whenever she has the opportunity to, she enjoys eating out.
5. She once lost before winning the crown this year
It is not a fallacy that there are no success stories without a trace of failure. Before emerging as the winner of this year's Mis South Africa, Zozibini had before now taken part in the Miss SA challenge that was held in 2017 where she managed to get to the semi-final stage. Having learned some lessons and developed some new strategies, her dream has finally found expression.
6. Zozibini Tunzi won in the last question and answer session
Out of the top 16 Miss SA 2019 finalists that were announced a few weeks before the grand finale, Tunzi seems to have walked her way into the hearts of the public and wooed them all over. After she was left with her fellow finalist Sasha-Lee Olivier, a 26-year-old Wits University student from Johannesburg, Tunzi outperformed her in the last question and answer session.
Among the panel of judges were the actress and businesswoman, Connie Ferguson and SA model, Anele Mdoda, in addition to the activist and lawyer, Thando Hopa.
7. Moghele took the crown with her natural hair
It is amazing that the new Miss South Africa entered the competition with her natural hair, and while she was commenting on the motivation behind it, in her speech, she said:
“I came into this competition with my natural hair as a symbol of my firm belief in fair representation of any shape and form. And so, through my win, I hope I have inspired people, even if just one person to be themselves at all times and to never compromise their identities, and to insert themselves in spaces where they feel that people like them do not belong. Because the truth is, we do belong and in the words of the actress Lupita Nyong’o ‘Your dreams are valid’.”
As Tunzi has emerged as the new Miss South Africa 2019 winner, she goes home with a cash of R1 million as well as another R2 million worth of sponsorship and prizes. These would include using an apartment in Sandton, and until another winner emerges, she has access to a Mercedes Benz cabriolet which she will be using.