Miss South Africa pageant is the annual national pageant of South Africa that selects the country's representatives for Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Sun International is the license holder of Miss South Africa.
The winner of the pageant represents SA at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. Besides, the winner is involved in promotional work and celebrity appearances locally and abroad where she meets dignitaries, celebrities, the privileged, the underprivileged, the sick and the needy.
In the search for Miss South Africa, the idea that a “Beauty Queen” is just for show and only judged on her exterior beauty is certainly not relevant. The pageant looks for the “full package” which includes among other attributes, the inner strength and maturity to take on the role and ability to be able to interact with people on all levels and social standing.
The pageant commenced in the year 1956, when Norma Vorster was crowned Miss South Africa 1956, who represented SA at Miss World 1956. South Africa won its first Miss World title as early as 1958, when Penelope Anne Coelen was crowned Miss World 1958. The second Miss World title for South Africa was in 1974 when Anneline Kriel was awarded Miss World 1974, after the originally crowned Miss World Helen Morgan from UK resigned. And then after a gap of 40 years, Rolene Strauss won the third Miss World title for South Africa in the year 2014.
Prior to 1998, Miss South Africa winner only used to go for Miss World pageant, however since 1998 the pageant also started sending representative to Miss Universe. The first Miss South Africa to compete at Miss Universe was Kerishnie Naicker in 1998. South Africa has won one Miss Universe title, when Margaret Gardiner was crowned Miss Universe 1978 (however she was selected by a separate pageant and not the Miss South Africa pageant).
Miss South Africa 2015, the 59th edition of the pageant, was held on March 29' 2015. Liesl Laurie was crowned as the winner, and represented South Africa at the Miss World 2015 pageant.
Miss South Africa 2016, the 60th edition of the pageant was held on March 19' 2016. Ntandoyenkosi Kunene was crowned Miss South Africa 2016. The outgoing Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie passed her crown and reign to the winner.