25 October 2020
A radiant Shudufhadzo Musida has been crowned Miss South Africa 2020 at a glittering finale, held in Cape Town for the first time in the history of the pageant this weekend.
The 24-year-old, from Ha-Masia in Limpopo, holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria. She is currently pursuing a BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
Musida will receive ZAR1 million in cash as well as a further ZAR2 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year.
First runner-up was medical doctor Thato Mosehle (25) from Klerksdorp in the North West who received R250 000 in cash. Second runner-up Natasha Joubert (23), a B Com graduate from Pretoria, Gauteng, collected R100 000.
For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, the trio will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants. Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World, but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational. It will only be revealed at a later date which contestant will go to which pageant.
In her Miss South Africa acceptance speech, Musida said: “It took an entire village to get me here and I would like to thank all of you for being my village.”
“I stand here today as your Miss South Africa with immense pride and joy to be representing such a beautiful nation – one of the first Venda women, but certainly not the last – to become Miss South Africa. I stand here as an advocate for educational and economic empowerment of women and children and mental health awareness – honoured to be an ambassador of this beautiful nation.”
Cape Town Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, was among the first to congratulate Musida after the finale at the Table Bay Hotel.
“Cape Town is proud to have successfully hosted the event during these difficult times, ensuring safety of all those involved by deploying the necessary health protocols aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Alderman Plato.
“Hosting events of an international stature is key to ensuring the recovery of our economy and a much needed boost for our tourism industry which has taken a knock as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic hard lockdown.”
The 2020 Miss SA pageant, hosted by Nomzamo Mbatha and broadcast live on M-Net and Mzansi Magic, was a spectacular affair with entertainment provided by some of the who’s who of the SA music industry including Sho Madjozi, Mi Casa, Ami Faku, Sun-El Musician and Jimmy Nevis.
Judges included reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, queen of SA talk and radio jock Anele Mdoda, previous Miss South Africa title holder (1996) and businesswoman Peggy-Sue Khumalo, actress and entrepreneur Leandie du Randt and actress Kim Engelbrecht.