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Three EC women in Miss SA finals

The Eastern Cape has the pleasure of sending off three local women to the finals of the 2019 Miss South Africa Pageant to be held on Friday, August 9, Women’s Day in Pretoria.

Zozibini Tunzi (25) from kuTsolo, Sibabalwe Gcilitshana (24) from Ngqamakhwe and Loren Leigh Jenneker (24) from Port Elizabeth were graciously sent off to the finals by Eastern Cape, Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane and Fezeka Bayeni, MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture.

Zozibini Tunzi enthused that, “I want to get to a place where I can provide for my family. This is a starting point, being independent and building”. Activist Sibabalwe Gcilitshana said, “finding my voice is what led me to activism; I use it to back issues I believe in. The beauty side of Miss SA is just one thing, this platform is about celebrating multi-faceted women”. Loren Leigh Jenneker is deeply passionate about literacy, “most kids don’t like school because they don’t understand and I want to give the gift of understanding to them.”

All three women are currently part of the top 16 finalists of this prestigious pageant that began in 1943. The winner will be crowned with a beautiful creation named ‘uBuhle bethingo lenkosazana’ (Beauty of a rainbow woman) that took 192 hours to make. She will also receive a cash prize of R1 million, a car and entry into either the Miss World or Miss Universe pageants. In total Miss SA’s prizes amount to a cash value of about R3 million.

The judges include Mthatha born entertainer Anele Mdoda, series-mogul Connie Ferguson, model, lawyer and the first woman with albinism to be on the cover of Vogue, Thando Hopa and Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

To vote for our finalists, go to www.misssa.co.za

Zozibini Tunzi (25) from kuTsolo

Sibabalwe Gcilitshana (24) from Ngqamakhwe

Loren Leigh Jenneker (24) from Port Elizabeth

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