Congrats to the absolutely radiant Shudufhadzo Musida who has been crowned Miss South Africa 2020!
The glittering pageant finale was held for the first time in the Mother City on Saturday evening.
“It took an entire village to get me here and I would like to thank all of you for being my village,” said Musida in her acceptance speech.”
The event, hosted by Nomzamo Mbatha at the Table Bay Hotel and broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, was a spectacular affair with entertainment provided by some of the who’s who of the SA music industry including Sho Madjozi, Mi Casa, Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician and Jimmy Nevis.
The Miss South Africa 2020 judges included:
- Reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi
- Queen of SA talk and radio jock Anele Mdoda
- Previous Miss South Africa title holder (1996)
- Businesswoman Peggy-Sue Khumalo
- Actress and entrepreneur Leandie du Randt
- Actress Kim Engelbrecht
Focussing on mental health awareness
“I plan to bring more awareness to mental health, especially in rural and disadvantaged areas, because I truly believe that we need to work on the mind for any change to come about in this country,” said Musida.
“I plan to mobilise various stakeholders and the nation so we can bring about educational empowerment through the tackling of issues such as period poverty among young girls, workshops that teach children about the importance of mental health from a young age, and mentorship programmes for young women so they can be empowered to be agents of their own future.”
Fighting for food security
“I will continue the fight against food insecurity in rural communities because children can only be their best at school when their basic needs are met,” said Musida. “I believe that all of this will continue the efforts of bringing about economic empowerment in this country as more children will be given a fair chance at becoming active members of the economy through educational empowerment.”
Here are 10 things you need to know about your new Miss SA: Shudufhadzo Musida
- She’s 24 years old
- She hails from Ha-Masia in Limpopo
- Shudufhadzo’s mother, Thandi is a real estate agent and she has a 13-year-old sister Zwonka
- She’s one of the first Venda women to become Miss South Africa. In her acceptance speech she said she was one of the first Venda women, but “certainly not the last” to become Miss SA.
- She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria
- She is currently doing her BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand
- She will receive R1 million in cash as well as a further R2 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year
- She’s going to use her platform to be an advocate for educational and economic empowerment of women and children and mental health awareness
- Shudufhadzo is also passionate about advocating for food security in rural areas, and bringing economic stability to children and families in those areas
- Shudufhadzo shared her delicious chicken curry recipe with All4Women. Get the recipe HERE.
Who were the top 3?
First runner-up was medical doctor Thato Mosehle (25) from Klerksdorp in the North West who received R250 000 in cash.
Second runner-up Natasha Joubert (23), a B Com graduate from Pretoria, Gauteng, collected R100 000.
For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, the trio will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants. Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World, but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational. It will only be revealed at a later date which contestant will go to which pageant.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic, Sun International, Brand South Africa and the City of Cape Town.