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Miss South Africa officials have revealed that they are working on a plan that will ensure the 2020 pageant goes ahead as planned despite the coronavirus pandemic

Officials are developing a new format that will be announced “very soon”.

“… we have used this time as a tool to think outside of the box and be as innovative as possible. We can confirm there will be a Miss SA 2020. We are excited about showcasing the new forma,” Miss SA CEO Stephanie Weil said in a statement.

Officials introduced a new look and feel for the pageant this week.

The organisation has a new logo and tagline: “Face Your Power. Embrace Your Future.”

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“INTRODUCING MISS SA REBRAND! She has a powerful voice that captivates and draws people in. Her physical and emotional strength underpins her grit, commitment and resilience.

“She is fuelled by her work for others but is dedicated to the wellbeing of her own body, mind and soul. She is a born leader who trailblazes trend, discourse and social change. Above all, she is someone who Faces her Power and Embraces her Future!” a post on the Miss SA Instagram page reads.

Stephanie says that officials will be using an online selection process in 2020, similar to the one used last year

Just like in 2019, this year’s candidate won’t have to travel to regional auditions and will be able to fill in forms and send through their pictures online in a more streamlined fashion.

“We are fortunate that we started the online process in 2019 and intend to bring this to the forefront of what we are going to do this year,” Stephanie said.

If South Africa’s social distancing restrictions aren’t eased by the time a new winner is announced, Miss SA will carry out her duties online

This would include virtual meet and greets which Stephanie believe will help the winner “reach and inspire even more young women across the country”.

“Our main goal is to make Miss South Africa attainable and through online interaction this will make it easier rather than harder. I think this year people will be engaging with and listening to the young woman who eventually holds the title of Miss South Africa 2020 more than ever.”

Stephanie added that the 2020 pageant will be an interview for the potential winner.

“Our contestants will not be just trained as pageant contestants, but also up-skilled and shaped into champions for women’s rights, thought leaders, brand ambassadors and savvy career women with the tools to fulfil their chosen destiny. The pageant is the interview. The job starts when she wins.”