Miss. SA final after two decades again on SAUC


The coronation of Ms. This year South Africa will be broadcast again on a SABC channel for the first time in more than 20 years.

The final round of this prestigious beauty pageant will take place on 13 August at the SunBet Arena in Pretoria and will be broadcast live on SABC 3 (DStv channel 193).

The SABC 3 channel last showed in 1999 how a Miss. SA was crowned when Heather Hamilton from KwaZulu-Natal walked away with the laurels at the Sun City Superbowl on 11 December.

This year, the 2023 Miss. SA winner is not only crowned live on SABC 3, but also in the run-up to the final round gets a look behind the scenes in this competition’s new television programme, called Crown Chasers.

RNews previously reported that finalists as part of this reality series together in the Miss. SA headquarters live, from where they have to take on challenges.

Finalists’ entrepreneurial and business skills will be further tested and they will be asked to find innovative ways to encourage tourism, show support for women-owned businesses, or showcase aspects of their culture or heritage set.

Zozibini Tunzi, former Miss. SA and Miss Universe title holder Leandie du Randt, actress, presenter and entrepreneur, and Bonang Matheba, radio and TV personality serve as judges and will vote one of the 12 finalists at the end of each episode, with the seven remaining finalists moving on to to participate in the live final round.

Lala Tuku, head of local productions at the SABC, says the broadcaster is delighted to have Miss. SA back on their platform.

“The Miss SA title is a showcase of intelligent, passionate and self-confident young women carving various paths to success. The SABC remains the home of events of national importance.”

Stephanie Weil, CEO of Ms. SA organization, described Crown Chasers ‘s addition as “a real game changer” and believes that both this program and the final’s broadcast on the SABC contribute to a new level of interest in the Miss. SA competition.