New Miss SA hopes to tackle unemployment and empower women

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who is from the Western Cape, has been crowned Miss South Africa 2017.

Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly-crowned Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters says she's relieved the competition is over and looks forward to being a relatable Miss South Africa.

Nel-Peters was crowned at Sun City on Sunday and succeeds Ntandoyenkosi Kunene.

The 21-year-old is from Sedgefield in the Western Cape.

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Nel-Peters says her greatest interests lie in dealing with unemployment and empowering women.

“I want to be that relatable Miss South Africa who is authentic and true to herself so that people can see a little bit of themselves in me.”

She says it’s now about striking a balance between staying true to herself and her responsibilities to the nation.

“As Miss South Africa, you need to remember you are representing a country and different cultures.”

Before she was crowned Miss South Africa, Nel-Peters had completed her B.Com in Business Management and Entrepreneurship and was a part-time model.

Adè van Heerden from the Western Cape was crowned first princess, while Boipelo Mabe from Alexandra in Gauteng was named second princess.

This was the first Miss South Africa show that was open to public voting.

The star-studded event was attended by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and local singer Lira, among others.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)