Miss SA wants to tackle youth unemployment

Lalela Mswane was crowned Miss South Africa 2021 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on Saturday.

The country’s new Miss South Africa, Lalela Mswane, says she will use her newfound fame to ease youth unemployment.

The 24-year-old dancer from Richards Bay was crowned during the pageant’s finale at GrandWest Casino’s Grand Arena, on Saturday.

“I was so shocked because I was already so fulfilled and blessed to have made top three. So, for me, taking the title is genuinely just the cherry on top,” she said of her win.

Unemployment was a complex issue, but action to reduce it was needed more than ever, she said.

“I intend to live by every word I have expressed and to serve, lead and represent our beautiful nation to the best of my abilities.”

The newly-crowned Miss South Africa received R1 million in cash as well as a further R3 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a fully furnished flat at the Central Square Sandton and a Mercedes Benz C-Class Sedan for the year of her reign.

Unlike last year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, a live audience could enjoy an evening filled with lights, cameras, glitz and glamour in support of their favourite Miss SA finalist.

But tickets were limited and those attending the pageant had to present a valid, negative Covid-19 PCR test or be fully vaccinated.

The audience was treated to performances by singer and record producer Zakes Bantwini, gospel singer Ntokozo Mbambo, the Ndlovu Youth Choir, and Miss World Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.

The Miss South Africa Top 3 will represent the country at the Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss Supranational pageants.

The Miss South Africa Top 10 finalists on stage at the Grand Arena before the first round of eliminations took place.
From left, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, reigning Miss Universe Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, and former Miss SA and Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi all attended the pageant.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, Miss World 2014 Rolene Strauss, Miss World Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica, former Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida, and Miss Supranational Chanique Rabe of Namibia walked the red carpet at the Miss SA pageant on Saturday.
Miss SA runner-up Moratwe Masima, Miss SA 2021 Lalela Mswane, and Miss SA runner-up Zimi Mabunzi.