The City of Cape Town announced on Thursday that it will be hosting the Miss South Africa finale for the first time in the history of the pageant.

Miss South Africa 2020 will be crowned at a spectacular and entertainment-packed event on Saturday, October 24, from 5pm and will be screened live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic and streamed for an international audience.

“The City of Cape Town is pleased to partner with the Miss South Africa Organisation to bring the pageant to Cape Town. This is an iconic South African event which has, over the years, made the dreams of many young women a reality and elevated their status as change-makers in society,” said Cape Town mayor Dan Plato.

“We are aware this is happening while the entire world is still reeling from an unprecedented pandemic, but we believe proceeding with events such as Miss South Africa will provide hope and shine a light on our country’s beauty and female leaders during this period. We look forward to welcoming all the participants, officials and performers to our city for what is to be one of Cape Town’s first major hybrid productions.”

Miss South Africa Organisation CEO Stephanie Weil said they were delighted that the pageant would come to the homes of thousands of South Africans, as well as people from around the world, from Cape Town.

“The city is the 11th contestant this year. We will be announcing the venue in the Mother City at a later date,” said Weil.

South Africa is regarded as one of the leading pageant countries in the world.

“Our success on the international stage means that there is a huge interest globally in the South African pageant,” said Weil.

Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi. Picture: Instagram

The 10 finalists vying for the top 3 places and the ultimate title of Miss South Africa 2020 are Aphelele Mbiyo, 24; Busisiwe Mmotla, 27;
Chantelle Pretorius, 24; Jordan van der Vyver, 24; Karishma Ramdev, 25; Lebogang Mahlangu, 24; Melissa Nayimuli, 24; Natasha Joubert, 23; Shudufhadzo Musida, 24; and Thato Mosehle, 25.

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International and Brand South Africa.

-ANA; Editing by Yaron Blecher