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Miss South Africa 2019 is Zozibini Tunzi

Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi25-year-old working student, Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday, August 9 at the Time Square’s Sun Arena in Pretoria. She beat 15 other beauties to win the most coveted national beauty title in the country and succeed last year’s winner and Miss Universe 1st runner-up Tamaryn Green.

Zozibini hails from the Sidwadweni village in Tsolo, Eastern Cape and is currently completing her BTech in Public Relations Management. She will now embark on a journey to represent the rainbow nation at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.

Miss South Africa 2019 Top 5

The runner-up, Sasha-Lee Olivier, is expected to compete in the Miss World 2019 pageant in London later this year. Kgothatso Dithebe, Nompumelelo Maduna, and Eloïse van der Westhuizen completed to Top 5 finalists.

During the question and answer round with an all-female panel of judges, the new Miss South Africa gave a powerful and timely message, “The time is now for women to take their place at the forefront of greatness.” This year’s pageant was held on Women’s Day.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray in South Africa

It was the 61st edition of Miss South Africa and the glittering event was graced by former Miss Universe, South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss Universe 2018 from the Philippines, Catriona Gray.

South Africa has won the Miss World crown three times with Penelope Coelen, Anneline Kriel and Rolene Strauss in 1958, 1974 and 2014, respectively, and two Miss Universe with Margaret Gardiner in 1978 and Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in 2017.

Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi

Photos: Miss South Africa


  • Miss Mexico Universe 2019 opined in speech that the judges are not looking for a model but a role model. Well, she was almost right! It appeared MUorg’s all-women judges were looking for a model and role model all-in-one and then found it in Miss South Africa Universe 2019 whose tribal warrior-like beauty is indeed a better icon than stereotypes or the likes of Miss Universe 2011, in these times of widespread violent subjugation of women. What’s more, Miss Universe 2019 could probably generate lucrative sponsorships from South African diamond companies for the obviously cash-strapped MU org — better than Miss Universe 2018 did from Philippine companies probably more inclined to invest in sponsorships for the 2019 SEA Games. Sincere congratulations, Queen Zozibini Tunzi!