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Miss South Africa finalists announced

The top 12 contestants will be televised competing for the crown at Sun City on 29 March.

Miss South Africa finalists. Picture: Image: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The top 12 Miss South Africa finalists who are vying for the title of Miss South Africa 2015, have been announced.

They will compete for the prestigious title at the Sun City Superbowl on 29 March, an event which will be televised live and simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

The pageant is taking place a month after the crowning of Ziphozakhe Zokufa, the current Miss South Africa who took the title after her predecessor Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World.

Zokufa is currently in the US competing in the Miss Universe pageant.

The finalists come from around the country: Seven are from Gauteng, three from the Western Cape and one each from Kwa-Zulu Natal and Mpumalanga.

They're Busi Mahlangu, Chanelle Sardinha, Danelle de Wet, Gugulethu Banda, Kim Wentzel, Liesl Laurie, Nicole Lee Lamberts, Ntsiki Mkhize, Refilwe Nthimunye, Shanè Naidoo, Sihle Makhanya and Taryn Morris.

Many contestants have entered the pageant before - for one it is her fourth attempt to wear the crown.

Suzette van der Merwe, Executive: Commercial Communications for headline sponsor Cell C said "It was extremely hard choosing 10 finalists, to the extent that the panel of judges unanimously agreed to change the 10 to a Top 12 as there were so many strong contestants."

All finalists were presented with an 18 carat gold necklace with an onyx flower pendant courtesy of Jack Friedman Jewellers who made the Miss South Africa Palesa platinum crown.

The Miss South Africa Pageant is a proud collaboration between Sun International and Cell C.

The new Miss South Africa 2015 will be crowned at Sun City on March 29 next year and simulcast live on Mzansi Magic Channel 161 and M-Net Channel 101.

TOP 12 FINALISTS:

Taryn Morris, Western Cape.

Sihle Makhanye, KZN.

Shane Naidoo, Gauteng.

Refilwe Nthimunye, Gauteng.

Ntsiki Mkhize, Gauteng.

Nicole Lamberts, Western Cape.

Liesl Lurie, Gauteng.

Kim Wentzel, Gauteng.

Gugulethu Banda, Gauteng.

Danelle de Wet, Western Cape.

Chanelle Sardinha, Gauteng.

Busi Mahlangu, Mpumalanga.

IMAGES: Debbie Yazbek.