Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, the 23-year-old beauty from Mkhondo, Mpumalanga was crowned the title of Miss South Africa 2016 at the conclusion of the national beauty pageant held on March 19th, 2016 at Carnival City just outside of Johannesburg. She will represent South Africa at both Miss World 2016 and Miss Universe 2016 pageants.
According to the Miss South Africa website, Ntandoyenkosi is an Education Honours student at the University of the Witwatersrand. She wants to make an appreciable difference to the society in which she lives. Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, the first black woman to obtain a PhD in Mathematics Education and who also runs an Adopt-A-Learner foundation, is an inspiration to Ntandoyenkosi. In her spare time, she loves going to the movies or meeting up with “my girls” for a meal. Her message to girls and young women: “Most women succeed against all odds. I say start writing your own story.”
The first runner-up was Elizabeth Molapo. Elizabeth is 23 years old and come from Bloemfontein, Free State. Elizabeth is a final year BCom Economics student at the University of the Free State. Her passion, she says, lies with women’s development, empowerment and independence, adding that she has been shaped by the community in which she grew up, and hopes to be a role model and a mentor to women like her. Elizabeth admires strong, independent women like Khanyi Dhlomo, a businesswoman who is also a brand. Her message to girls and young women: “Strive for empowerment and independence, dream big and realize that your dream is yours to make a reality.”
The second runner-up was Tayla Skye Robinson. Tayla is 21 years old and is the former Miss Teen World.
Newly crowned Miss South Africa 2016 Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (C) and her runners-up Elizabeth Molapo & Tayla Skye Robinson.
Photo courtesy of Miss South Africa Facebook.