For the second consecutive year, the Miss SA pageant will take place in Cape Town and is simulcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, as well as live-streamed (paid) at misssa.live.
The contestants represent four provinces – Gauteng has four (with one from Tshwane), followed by the Western Cape with three, the Eastern Cape with two and KwaZulu-Natal with one entrant.
They include a medical doctor; a commercial pilot; owners of a model agency, swimwear company and an online bakery and legal graduates and students.
The Top 3 will go on to represent the country at the world's three most prestigious pageants: Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Supranational.
Only in the days after Miss South Africa 2021 is crowned and the other top two are announced, will the Miss South Africa Organisation decide which candidate would do the best at which competition.
The Top 10 judges – all former Miss South Africa title holders – were Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (2010), Liesl Laurie (2015), Melinda Bam (2011) and Tamaryn Green (2018).
The winner of Miss South Africa 2021 is set to take home a package of prizes and sponsorships worth more than R4-million when she takes the crown from reigning Miss South Africa Shudufhadzo Musida.
The new queen will receive R1-million in cash from the Miss South Africa Organisation, as well as the use of a furnished and serviced apartment at the luxurious Central Square Sandton, with interior décor by Vursa, and a Mercedes Benz C-Class Sedan for the year of her reign.
The prizes and sponsors include, in alphabetical order:
American Swiss: Official crown sponsor
Bacher & Co: Fragrance sponsorship for her year of reign
Brand South Africa: Play Your Part Ambassador
Cahi Dental & Prosthodontic Practice: Dental and oral hygiene care
Central Square Sandton: Use of a luxurious two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Sandton
City of Cape Town: Official hosting partner
House of BNG: Official celebration partner
Lajawi Hair: Official hair styling sponsor for her year of reign
Mercedes Benz: The use of a C-Class Sedan for her year of reign
Miss South Africa Organisation: R1 million in cash
Motherkind: Official wellness & collagen product sponsor
MUK haircare: Official hair product sponsor
Neda Beauty & Healing: Care of Miss South Africa's brows, facial skincare treatments and laser treatments
PWC: The official auditors of Miss South Africa 2020
Sparkle Cosmetics/Gelish SA/Morgan Taylor SA: Nail care for her year of reign
Steve Madden: Official shoe sponsor
Strands of Love: Miss South Africa's hair extensions sponsor
Sun International: Miss SA's home away from home
Switch Playground SA: Official fitness partner; includes Switch classes and personal training sessions.
The Firepower Group: Empowering Miss South Africa with self-development workshops
Top Drawer Collection: Luxury sleepwear
Veaudry Global: Official haircare sponsor
Vursa: Interior designers and furnishers of the Miss South Africa apartment
Woolworths: To sponsor Miss South Africa with WBeauty and Woolworths home products throughout the year of reign
ZOËT: Clothing sponsor
The two other winners on the night will each receive R175,000.
The 10 finalists are (in alphabetical order of their first names):
Bianca Bezuidenhout (22)
Bianca hails from Strand in Cape Town, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing communications and is currently completing her honours in media studies.
She is also a dance instructor as well as a business owner of her own swimwear company called She Succeeds.
Catherine Groenewald (23)
Catherine is from Constantia in Cape Town and is in her final year of a B Com visual communications degree, majoring in graphic design.
She is also a barre fitness instructor and full-time model with Topco Models.
During lockdown she started an online business called Delish Bakery.
Cheneil Hartzenberg (24)
Cheneil comes from Meredale, Johannesburg in Gauteng, and is a commercial pilot and senior flight instructor in a managerial role at a flight school.
She completed a digital marketing course with UCT online last year and is currently studying for her airline transport pilot licence.
Jeanni Mulder (24)
Jeanni from Sea Point, Cape Town, is a full-time model and describes herself as compassionate, strong-willed and genuine.
She credits her mom for being her role model who has taught her to fight hard, love deeply and never to be afraid of being passionate about what makes you happy.
In her spare time, she loves to do anything artsy, watch TV and play Texas Holdem Poker.
Kaylan Matthews (25)
Kaylan is from Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape and is in her final year of a Bachelors in Human Movement Science at the Nelson Mandela University.
She has a huge love for exercise and living a healthy, wholesome lifestyle and wants to use her degree to motivate people to accept themselves and learn to love their bodies and fall in love with exercise and all its benefits.
Kgothatso Dithebe (26)
Kgothatso comes from Centurion, Pretoria, Gauteng.
She is currently studying towards an LLB law degree and also runs her own company that deals with construction and the supply of goods and services.
In her spare time, she goes to the gym, plays netball and loves trying out new recipes.
She says her single biggest achievement was buying her first property this year.
Lalela Mswane (24)
Lalela is from KwaSokhulu, Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, is a model and dancer and has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria.
She describes herself as graceful, tenacious and meticulous and says she would love to meet the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, to discuss ways of alleviating the growing unemployment problem.
Moratwe Masima (25)
Moratwe is from Atholl, Sandton in Gauteng, and is a qualified medical doctor doing her first year of internship at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.
She is an aspiring plastic and reconstructive surgeon who would love to meet the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden as she is in awe of how she has handled the global pandemic and how she always puts the livelihood of her citizens first.
Tiffany Francis (22)
Tiffany, who comes from Mulbarton, Johannesburg, is the owner of Tiffany K Models as well as a professional model and fashion design student.
Her role models are her mom and late aunt, both of whom taught her the value of having resilience and empathy.
Her ideal break would be a week in Italy with Frank Sinatra playlists, beaches and eating pizza for days on end and her guilty pleasure is cheesecake.
Zimi Mabunzi (26)
Zimi comes from eQonce (King William's Town), in the Eastern Cape and is a student at the Nelson Mandela University in her final year of a BCom Law degree.
She says she has a huge passion for music and would love to study it one day and make music of her own.
In her spare time, she loves to work out, sing and cook and her favourite meal is umphokoqo and umngqusho.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic and Sun International.