Two new judges announced for Miss South Africa 2017

Maps Maponyane and Bridget Masinga will join the regional auditions starting tomorrow.

Miss South Africa crown. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - Media personality Maps Maponyane and radio presenter Bridget Masinga have been appointed as the new judges for the 2017 Miss South Africa pageant.

Regional auditions begin tomorrow in Durban at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, and will continue across the country until August.

Masinga and Maponyane will form part of the panel for the regional judging which see the inclusion of various guest judges at the different venues.

Maps Maponyane. Picture: Supplied

Masinga, who has cemented her brand as one of South Africa's leading entertainers, says, "I think my journey with Miss South Africa, which began in 2002 when I was second runner-up and then subsequently as one of the hosts on The Road to Miss South Africa, puts me in the perfect position to have intimate knowledge of the expectations versus the realities of the title. I have a solid grasp of what it takes to succeed across multiple platforms and will be able to engage with the contestants from a position of familiarity, of understanding their goals and dreams."

Bridget Masinga. Picture: Supplied

For the first time in the history of the pageant, Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1-million in cash from sponsors, including a car, an international holiday and other prizes in a package that exceeds R2 million.

The finalists for 2017 will each receive a R25,000 cash prize.

The event will be held at Sun City in March next year.

The judging sessions will take place at one of the following Sun International venues:

16 July - Durban, Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom

23 July - Brakpan, Carnival City Casino and Hotel

30 July - Cape Town, Grand West Casino and Entertainment World

6 August - Port Elizabeth, The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World

13 - August - Polokwane, Meropa Casino and Entertainment World

20 August - Bloemfontein, Windmill Casino

27 August - Johannesburg, The Maslow Hotel