We join Miss South Africa 2021, Lalela Mswane, as she prepares for Miss Supranational at her Sandton apartment, before treating herself to a hot air balloon ride and meal with a friend.

Finishing in the top three of a hundred Miss Universe contestants was impressive but at home we found Ms SA Lalela Mswane planning to go all the way this July and win Miss Supranational.

This law degree grad hasn’t spent much time at home, between tackling job creation and other demands of the title, but she is very fond of her Ms SA pad.

“My year of reign as Miss South Africa I always call it an answered prayer… it has been filled with ups and downs but really exciting for the most part and I’m truly excited to see what the remainder of my year has in store for me.”

Miss South Africa Creative Director Werner Wessels knew from day one that the young woman from Richards Bay had it all.

“Lalela has been one of those rare finds where from the moment she entered Miss South Africa, she was the hardest worker…she would be the first one in the room and the last one leaving,” explains Werner.

That characteristic has been put into practice in every aspect of her life. She is a strong advocate of  encouraging women to ‘choose courage over comfort at every opportunity they get’ and together with her friend Zanele Phakathi, they were going to be held to that by Balloon Chief Pilot Tracy Robb.

“Hot air ballooning is the oldest form of aviation in the world,  1783 was the first balloon flight in France.”

“When you take a ride in a hot air balloon, you can expect stunning scenery, we go up to at least 1000 feet above ground which gives you a beautiful view of the valley,” says Tracy.

Well grounded by the employment issue she’s made her top priority, Lalela’s #beready drive is about creating entrepreneurs – like the couple who started this business.

Founded in 1981, Bill Harrop’s “Original” Balloon Safaris is a family-run business Bill Harrop, his wife Mary, and daughter Sarah, wh have been working in partnership with over 60 employees.

With over five-thousand very happy passengers a year, their testimony is to provide a professional attitude in entertaining their guests with the most memorably enjoyable experiences of your life.

They have a fleet of six large hot air balloons which are able to carry between two and eighteen passengers each. When guests are done with their ride, they are treated to a delicious breakfast at the pavilion.

Each January Lalela picks a theme for her year. This year it’s relentless. Just so the other Ms Supranational entrants know what’s coming.

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