Come May 27, Miss South Africa Adè van Heerden will relinquish her crown to the new queen at the diamond celebration of the pageant.
On Thursday, the top 12 finalists were announced during a cocktail event at the Maslow Hotel in Time Square, Tshwane.
We went on a nationwide search for our #MissSA2018 and South Africa did not disappoint! Join us on the 3rd of May, 2018 when we will reveal who your #MissSA2018 top 12 are and start the countdown to the crown. pic.twitter.com/gG2MRH6xsj— Miss South Africa (@Official_MissSA) April 30, 2018
Here's who made the cut:
Akile Khoza (23) from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, who is studying for her Masters in neuroscience at Stellenbosch University.
Akhile Khoza (24) Nuroscience student from Capetown says she wants to bring beauty and brains and be a beacon of hope for those coming from disadvantages backgrounds pic.twitter.com/zpn9CWGLYG— Zamayirha Peter (@UZamayirha) May 3, 2018
Anzelle van Staden (24), from Centurion, Gauteng, has a BComm degree from the University of Pretoria and is currently a full-time model.
Bryoni Govender(21), from Kempton Park, Gauteng, is a third-year LLB student at the University of Johannesburg.
Daniellë de Jager (20) from Benoni, Gauteng, is currently studying biokinetics at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
Karishma Ramdev (23), from Chatsworth, KZN, is a fifth-year medical student at the University of Pretoria.
From KZN 5th year Medical student Karishma Ramsey (23) says she's an absolute realist pic.twitter.com/pfgeSJ6RMW— Zamayirha Peter (@UZamayirha) May 3, 2018
Margo Fargo (25), originally from Heidedal in Free State, has a BSc consumer sciences honours degree and is a co-founder of a nonprofit organisation.
Noxolo Ndebele (24), from Pinetown in KZN, has a BComm Acc degree and currently works as a financial controller.
From Kwanongoma in KZN Noxolo Ndebele (23) says she's inspirational and relatable. pic.twitter.com/cWZkGr1B2m— Zamayirha Peter (@UZamayirha) May 3, 2018
Tamarin Bensch (25), originally from Bedfordview in Gauteng but now living in Somerset West, works in property management and interior renovations.
Tamaryn Green (23), from Paarl in Western Cape, is in her final year of medicine at the University of Cape Town.
Thandokazi Mfundisi (23), from East London in Eastern Cape, is a final-year LLB student at Fort Hare.
Tharina Botes (21), from Roodepoort, Gauteng, is a first-year BComm marketing and business degree student at Damelin and a part-time model.
From Roodeport BCom Marketing student Tharina Botes (21) says her height doesn't match her shoe size. Her message to the youth is realizing its potential to transform South Africa. #MissSA2018pic.twitter.com/qkVRLPoUKK— Zamayirha Peter (@UZamayirha) May 3, 2018
Thulisa Keyi (26), originally from East London in Eastern Cape but who now lives in Gauteng, is currently doing articles at KPMG after graduating from the University of Cape Town.
The 12 will take the stage in the finale on May 27 to compete for the coveted crown.
This year the Miss SA organisation celebrates 60 years, and has promised a celebration like no other.
Media personality Bonang Matheba will host the finale, which will be held at the Time Square Arena.