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Meet Eastern Cape Beauty Queens vying for Miss SA Crown


Miss SA Finalist Kaylan Matthews

When Kaylan Matthews, Zimi Mabunzi, and Mawusive Sibutha from the Eastern Cape battle it out amongst 30 strong and diverse bevy of beauties, the judges will have their work cut out. The three dynamic and sassy girls are all eyeing a spot in the Top 10 which will be announced at a date still to be decided upon.

There is no doubt that the shadow and spirit of the formidable Zizo Tunzi, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2019, will be present as the ladies strut their stuff on the ramp. 

Drum roll as we introduce 25-year-old Kaylan Matthews hails from Gqeberha and is in her final year of a Bachelors in Human Movement Science at the Nelson Mandela University. Kayla is a gym fanatic, enjoys leading a healthy, wholesome lifestyle, and wants to use her degree to motivate people to accept themselves and learn to love their bodies and fall in love with exercise and all its benefits. 


Zimi Mabunzi from eQonce (King William’s Town

Yet another stunner is 26-year-old Zimi Mabunzi from eQonce (King William’s Town), and is also a student at the Nelson Mandela University in her final year of a BCom Law degree. Zimi has her ears plugged on good music and has set her eyes on making music in the future. She loves to work out, sing and cook  – her favorite meals are umphokoqo and umngqusho.

The last entrant hoping to make her own legend is 24-year old Mawusive Sibutha, who lives in Bloemfontein in the Free State but is from Ntabankulu. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and majored in psychology and industrial psychology at the University of the Free State. But, due to the high unemployment rate due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she tapped into her artistic side and started a picnic set-up business.


24-year old Mawusive Sibutha 

There is a lot of weight lifting as they battle it out to impress this year’s Top 30 and Top 10 judges who are all former Miss South Africa titleholders with Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (2010) and Liesl Laurie (2015), who judged last year, being joined by first-time judges Melinda Bam (2011) and Tamaryn Green (2018).

The public is now the fifth judge in selecting our Top 10 finalists and will have from now until midnight on July 21 to vote for their favorite contestants. Each entrant has a number (see bios below) which members of the public can use to vote for on the Miss South Africa website (https://www.misssa.co.za).


Caleb Tayi
Caleb Tayi
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