Last updated on Jul 7th, 2020 at 01:45 pm

The Top 15 competing for the Miss South Africa 2020 crown have been announced

The contestants represent seven provinces – Gauteng has six semi-finalists (with three from Tshwane and one from Soweto), followed by the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Western Cape with two each while the Free State, Limpopo and North West each have one entrant.

They were introduced by the reigning Miss South Africa, Sasha-Lee Olivier, in a virtual public reveal.

The public now has the chance to vote to ensure that their favourite contestant progresses to the finale which is scheduled to take place in the last quarter of the year.

The semi-finalists are an impressive group of women and include two medical doctors, marketing specialists, international models, food scientists, an actress and business, economic and law students

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Miss South Africa Organisation CEO Stephanie Weil said of the pick: “We were delighted with the calibre of entries and the judges – broadcaster Anele Mdoda and former Miss South Africa title holders Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala, Liesl Laurie and Adè van Heerden – had an incredibly tough job. This Top 15 is an impressive group and I think South Africa is going to fall in love with them.”

She went on to explain the process of running a pageant in the middle of a pandemic: “The public has embraced meeting the Top 15 virtually. In fact, they’ve had more interaction with the pageant and the contestants in this time of Covid-19 than before.”

The public will now be able to vote for their favourite semi-finalists and determine who moves forward to the next round as a Top 10 finalist

Voting for Miss South Africa opens on Thursday, 25 June, at 09:00 and closes on 16 July at 23:00. The public votes will be audited along with the judges’ votes and the Top 10 will be selected from there and announced at the end of July.

Those who want to vote can go to the Miss South Africa website, the Computicket website (by making payment via their credit card) or go to the money market counter at any Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Shoprite or Usave and cast their votes on the Computicket system making a cash payment.

The Miss South Africa 2020 pageant finale will take place in the last quarter of the year and will be screened live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.