Demi Leigh Nel-Peters is Miss South Africa 2017
During the 59th edition of the Miss South Africa Pageant held on March 26, 2017 at the Sun City Superbowl, Demi Leigh Nel-Peters from Western Cape was crowned as Miss South Africa 2017. She succeeds Ntandoyenkosi Kunene and will now represent South Africa at both Miss Universe 2017 and Miss World 2017.
At the same pageant, Adè van Heerden from the Western Cape was crowned as first princess and Boipelo Mabe from Alexandra in Joburg was adjudged as the second princess. This year, twenty six semi-finalists from different provinces were elected to vie for the title of Miss South Africa, but only 12 finalists got through the finals of Miss South Africa 2017.
The pageant was broadcasted live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic. The coronation gala was judged by the prominent dignitaries of South Africa, which included, TV presenter, model, actor, designer, businessman and philanthropist Maps Maponyane; singer, actress and radio personality Unathi Msengana; Olympic swimmer and record holder Cameron van der Burgh; and radio presenter, producer and one of the founding presenters of the magazine TV show All Access, Bridget Masinga. Along with these eminent personalities, Gisèle Wertheim Aymes, owner of the Longevity publishing franchise in South Africa as well as Elle and Elle Decoration; Ezra Davids, corporate lawyer and chairman of corporate/mergers and acquisitions at leading pan-African law firm Bowmans; and former Miss South Africa Claudia Henkel, also judged the finalists of Miss South Africa 2017 during the grand finale.
During the final question and answer round, the newly crowned Miss South Africa was asked, “What is the greatest fear you had to overcome to be where you are today?” To which Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters replied, “The fear of fear itself. We forget that we are only human and that everything you need to achieve greatness is already inside of you.”
In the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, for the very first time public was invited to vote for their favourite Miss South Africa 2017 semi-finalist and propel her into the Top 12. The event was hosted by musician Proverb alongside media personality, Lalla Hirayama who kept the entire show a gripping affair. The coronation eve also witnessed the live performances by rappers DA Les and Gemini Major as well as Chianosky and Lira.
Miss South Africa 2017- Western Cape – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
1st Princess- Western Cape – Adè van Heerden
2nd Princess- Gauteng – Boipelo Mabe
Gauteng – Priyeshka Lutchman
Gauteng – Shané Naidoo
Gauteng – Iman Mkwanazi
Gauteng – Nicole van Niekerk
Gauteng – Odirile Sepeng
Gauteng – Nompumelelo Mampholo
KwaZulu-Natal – Kayla Malherbe
Gauteng – Shelbe Pretorius
Gauteng – Yuta Raubenheimer