The Insider SA gets a backstage pass to the 63nd edition of Miss South Africa at Grandwest Arena and meets our newly crowned Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane.

The Miss South Africa tradition shapes winners into brand ambassadors for our country, champions of women’s rights, thought leaders and savvy career women who inspire young South Africans to fulfil their potential. 

This year’s all-women selection panel included business dynamos, star actresses, a university vice-chancellor and Miss Universe 2015, TV personality, model and actress Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.

“The Miss SA organisation, and indeed the crown itself, is an amazing platform of empowering young women. I know this for a fact, because this is what Miss South Africa has done for me back in 1994. It’s a crown that has huge responsibility, it’s a crown one woman needs to understand its role, and it’s a crown that you cannot take lightly,” comments businesswoman, tv personality, and Miss South Africa 1994 title holder, Basetsana Khumalo.

The 10 finalists were all amazingly inspirational women who are well on their way to igniting change. From a fiercely competitive line up, qualified medical doctor Moratwe Masima (25) and final year law student Zimi Mabunzi (26) who won Runner Up.

Lalela Mswane (24), from KwaSokhulu, Richards Bay, will this year wear the bedazzling Miss South Africa crown. The model, dancer and Bachelor of Law graduate is our 63rd Miss SA. She is on a mission to shine the spotlight on youth unemployment and proactively empowering youth to take charge economically. 

“What I’m most looking forward to with my Miss South Africa journey, is just to start working on my advocacy, and tackling youth unemployment in South Africa. It’s such a big task and I’m so excited to be working with my campaign, and I believe that with the support of the Miss South Africa organisation I’ll really be successful,” shares Miss South Africa 2021. 

Lalela wins prizes worth R4 million, Moratwe and Zimi R175 000 each and as the three winners, one of them will now represent South Africa at each of the Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss Supranational pageants – and who’s to say we don’t win all three.




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