Miss South Africa 2012: who will it be?

Written by Tashi from the blog Tashi's TV on 05 Dec 2012
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Bam! It's time to say adios to Melinda and hello to a new Miss South Africa. The 2012 Miss South Africa pageant's coming up at Sun City this Sunday (9 December) with a line-up of 12 leggy hopefuls in the cat-fight for the crown.

The process they've been through to be selected has been airing on Sundays in the reality show The Road To Miss SA - on Mzansi Magic. The ceremony will be airing live on the channel on Sunday, with coverage starting from 16h30.

The broadcast starts with a finale episode of The Road to Miss SA at 16h30 and the ceremony itself starts at 17h30 and runs an hour and a half. There's no red carpet coverage.

The hosts this year are Jo-Ann Strauss (who was Miss SA in 2000), Channel O presenter and Rhythm Cityzen Lungsta Radu and All Access presenter Bridget Masinga.

The evening's going to feature three main competitive struts: cocktail dresses, evening gowns and swimwear.

Fash. fundi's JJ Schoeman and Gideon have designed the cocktail and evening gowns respectively and Dax Martin has designed the swimwear in a scoop for dudes. Word from Dax is that he's designed the cozzies to be sexy instead of sporty.

Musos who'll be performing in between the runways include the Bala Brothers, Jacques Terre'Blanche (I can't believe he's still around), Zakes Bantwini and Toya Delazy.

TVSA's Carino and Toodecent will be at Sun City for us again this year, gathering the insider news, pics and after party goss so keep a lookout for the sc-ooh-p.

Here's a close-up on each finalist:

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 1
Charlotte Smith

Age: 25
From: Kempton Park, Johannesburg
Occupation: Student and business woman
More about her: Charlotte attended Holy Rosary School, in Edenvale, until she matriculated in 2005. She then went on to do her BA Communication Science degree and is currently studying towards her BA Honours degree in Media Studies.

Charlotte owns a modeling, confidence and deportment academy where she is passionate about encouraging and assisting young women to dream big, work hard and realize their abilities.

She describes herself as "creative" - one of her more unusual hobbies is beading dresses and garments.

Charlotte was Miss Teen World in 2005 and Miss Million Dollar in 2010. As a potential Miss South Africa she would like to focus on encouraging entrepreneurship within the country.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 2
Charne King

Age: 23
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Model
More about her: Charne works full time as a model and dreams of fulfilling a business career in the health and beauty industry. She has a film and media degree from the University of Cape Town but plans to further her tertiary education in entrepreneurship and business.

She has also just graduated from a year of studies at Every Nation Bible School. When she is not getting her hair and make-up done for the cameras, she is with family and friends, enjoying quality time. She's very active and enjoys hiking, Maui Thai and bike rides up the mountain to relaxing indoors.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 3
Cindy Rosslind

Age: 22
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Masters student in Psychology
More about her: Cindy is classically vocally trained and is interested in the performing arts. After matriculating in 2007, she obtained her Psychology Degree from the University of Cape Town.

She went on to complete her Honours Degree in 2011. She is currently doing her Masters in Psychology with a particular focus on emotional intelligence and works as an intern at a psychology practice.

She believes in the importance of psychological well-being and is confident that she has the intelligence and character to serve as an inspiration to the youth of South Africa.

Should she win the title she plans to pursue programmes that encourage mental wellness among young people.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 4
Danelle de Wet

Age: Almost 20
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Science student
More about her: Danelle is currently studying towards a Science degree (BSc) in Medical Biosciences at The University of the Western Cape. She matriculated in 2010 from Rhenish Girls' High School in Stellenbosch. This is where her passion and drive to help and serve people in struggling communities began.

Besides studying, Danelle is a full-time model in Cape Town and would one day like to obtain her helicopter license to enable her to volunteer to fight wildfires. In her free time Danelle trains in Muaythai, runs half marathons and does Pilates.

The motto she lives by: “...and in the end, it's not the amount of years of life you've lived that count. It's the amount of life in those years.” - Abraham Lincoln.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 5
Dhesha Jeram

Age: 25
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Model and entrepeneur
More about her: Dhesha has a love for fashion and media and forms part of a self-published Fashion magazine called ANA. Dhesha was born in Durban and is a BCom graduate who is driven by the empowerment and upliftment of women in society.

She strives to motivate young girls to acknowledge and seek out their inner greatness and to develop independence in order to live as equals in today's society.

Standing at 1.77m tall, Dhesha has been working as a model since the age of 19 and was crowned Miss South Africa 1st Princess in 2010. She also competed internationally at the Miss Supranational pageant held in Poland in 2011 where she placed 8th overall. She was voted as Africa's Sexiest Women by Global Beauties for the year 2011.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 6
Koketso Modiba

Age: 25
Occupation: Law student
From: Johannesburg
More about her: Koketso is the first born in a family of four with multicultural roots in Pedi, Zulu, Tswana and Tsonga.

She is 1.75 meters tall. She works with an NGO for a positive influence in professional development for South Africans and is currently studying towards a Law degree.

In her spare time she loves travelling and meeting new people.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 7
Marilyn Ramos

Age: 21
From: Klerksdorp, North West
Occupation: Student of Interior Architecture
More about her: Marilyn is a proudly small town girl from Klerksdorp, North West where she matriculated in 2009.

She currently lives in Pretoria where she's studying Interior Architecture at Inscape Design College. Her passion for health and fitness has encouraged her to complete her qualification in personal fitness training through the Institute of Fitness Professional.

She describes herself as a child of Christ and strives to be a beacon of hope. Her titles include Miss Valley of the Waves, Miss Rivonia, Model of the World and Miss Europe Jnr.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 8
Natasha Kashimoto

Age: 21
From: Benoni, Johannesburg
Occupation: Model and business woman
More about her: As a model Natasha has appeared in advertising campaigns for brands including Clearasil, Samsung and South African Airways and has been the face of Sofn'Free since 2009.

This is the second time she's been a Miss SA finalist: she was in the Top 12 in 2010 too.

She has a Human Resources Management diploma and aims to obtain her B/com degree in Economics.

Natasha matriculated in 2006 at Delpark Learning academy and obtained an exemption through UNISA.

She's 1.75 metres tall and is signed with Heads Modelling agency in Johannesburg. She runs her own business and plans to establish a career domestically and abroad. She sees the Miss South Africa title as the ideal platform to fulfill her passion in women empowerment and youth issues.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 9
Pearl Nxele

Age: 24
From: Mandini, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Occupation: Marketing Management
More about her: Pearl is an International Marketing Management graduate and has also obtained a Project Management diploma. She is also currently registered for a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours in Marketing and aspires to study further in the future.

Pearl has garnered a number of achievements, mainly sports related in her high school days.  Her proudest moment was when she was awarded
"The Friendliest Person in School" award - also at high school - with a 94% majority vote.

She believes that she should be Miss South Africa 2012 because of her people skills, her disciplined character and her national pride which in turn will make her a relevant role model to the youth of South Africa. Pearl believes she can represent her country on an international scale.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 10
Simone de Kock

Age: 21
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Model and entrepeneur
More about her: Simone's love of socializing and organizing inspired her to  pursue a career in the events Industry and after 2 years in the industry she started her own promotion and events company which she currently runs. She's also a full- time model.

Simone loves helping others, has a passion to inspire the youth and strives to be the best ambassador she can be.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 11
Stacey Webb

Age: 23
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Lawyer
More about her: Stacey's most prized achievement is her Law degree which she received from the University of Stellenbosch. She would love to specialize in family law to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable families, particularly women and children.

Health and fitness are very important to her and she has been playing netball for the past 11 years. Being 1.8 meters tall has allowed her to play provincial netball for 7 consecutive years. She believes that she has what it takes to be a well-rounded and humble role-model for the youth of South Africa.

Miss SA 2012 Top 12 Pic 12
Tarryn Kim Cornelius

Age: 22
From: Cape Town
Occupation: Model
More about her: Tarryn currently models for Ice Model management and has numerous titles under her belt. She has done several advertisements for both television and magazines and is used to working long, hard hours. She is passionate about South Africa's youth and especially likes dealing with children who have self-esteem issues.

Tarryn is an extrovert who loves meeting new people and believes in ploughing back into her community. She often helps with local school events and is an animal lover who owns several dogs. She intends doing business studies in the near future.


05 Dec 2012 17:55

WoW there is a lot of Capetonians this year. Wish Pearl Nxele all the luck, she's beautiful. And Natasha Kashimoto has already bEen crowned " She was a Miss South Africa in 2012."

05 Dec 2012 19:26

Natasha Kashimoto has already bEen crowned " She was a Miss South Africa in 2012." || ???? She was Miss SA 2012 *confused*

05 Dec 2012 19:30

I like Keketso. Bt ke since this year its a coloured or an Indian year she doesn't stand a chance .

05 Dec 2012 19:43

Ha!  I meant to say she was in the Top 12 in 2010 and combined it all into 2012. Perhaps it's a prediction and she'll be second time lucky.

05 Dec 2012 19:56

Had a chuckle at Marilyn Ramos winning Miss Valley of the Waves ... they should change the title to Valley of the Wave - there's only one wave!

Sana Lwam
06 Dec 2012 09:05

Cant someone eliminate Koketso and Danelle and just make it the 10 finalists

06 Dec 2012 10:50

ahh Sana Lwam you wound me ngo Danelle lol
I agree ngo Koketso though, she and Tarryn can bounce.
Stacey is bo-ri-ng, Charne has such model looks.

Valley of the Wave lol

06 Dec 2012 11:31

one of the coloreds is taking it this year !

06 Dec 2012 12:20

As much as I agree with the notion that it's a coloured's year I think Dhesha Jeram is going to take it. The last and only indian to win the crown was Kerishnie Naiker. Dhesha came close in 2010 and she will take it this year. A coloured will win next year and the cycle will continue as usual.

My top 3:

Dhesha Jeram
Cindy Rossland
Natasha Kashimoto

Melinda will make top 3 in Miss Universe

06 Dec 2012 15:15

Why have you guys not put an article up for people to vote for Melinda at Miss Universe? Voting closes on the 18th of December.

07 Dec 2012 14:14

These girls are educated and so young WOW!

07 Dec 2012 23:51

Mara this Miss SA thing has race issue..How did Koketso make it to top 12 I bet she has model D accent hence she is in. She is not so beautiful

08 Dec 2012 16:52

Just in ... a snap from behind-the-scenes in preparation for the night: Miss SA dressing room build-up.

08 Dec 2012 16:57

And another ... Oooooooh la la!

08 Dec 2012 18:26

Natasha and charlotte already having smile lines at such a young age. Hhayi bo!

09 Dec 2012 18:27

Miss Congeniality 2012 as voted for by the contestants: Danelle de Wet.

09 Dec 2012 18:36

And the Top 5 are: Pearl, Marilyn, Simone, Charne and Stacey.

09 Dec 2012 18:52

And Miss SA 2012 is ...

09 Dec 2012 18:53

Second Princess is. ... Pearl.

09 Dec 2012 18:55

First Princess is ... Stacey.

09 Dec 2012 18:56

Miss South Africa 2012: Marilyn!

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