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60 Years 
of Miss South Africa 

With 60 Miss South Africa's crowned, three Miss World titles brought home and two Miss Universe crown in the bag, Miss SA has a rich pageant history to look back on. Among the many historic moments is the crowning of Amy Kleinhans, the first woman of colour to win the Miss SA crown, which led to her representing our nation on the Miss World stage. Hosted by Sun City in 1992, pageant participants paraded with the flag of their country; Amy instead, chose to walk with a white flag to symbolise peace. After the event, she received a phone call from Nelson Mandela thanking her for making such a brave stand.

In 1997, South Africa saw Kerishnie Naicker elected the first Indian woman to hold the Miss South Africa title. By entering, she intended to bring public attention to the large Indian population in South Africa, while raising awareness about tuberculosis. Kerishnie was also the first Miss South Africa to represent the nation on the Miss Universe stage, in which she placed in the Top 10.

Where were you when Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World? Breaking a ‘40-year drought’, Rolene took the world by storm and reminded everyone that South African women are a force to be reckoned with. Now a medical doctor, wife and mother, Rolene continues to inspire and uplift the young women of South Africa.

The Miss South Africa pageant has been the stepping stone to success for winners and finalists alike. It brings a nation together, builds communities and creates unrivalled opportunities for the fierce, modern women of South Africa. We might be celebrating 60 years of empowering and enriching the lives of South African women, but we are only just getting started...

Former Miss SA Titleholders

2010

2010

Bokang Montjane (Tshabalala)

2011

Melinda Bam (Bergh)

2012 - 2013

Marilyn Ramos

2014

Rolene Strauss

2014

Ziphozakhe Zokufa

2015

Liesl Laurie

2016

Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Mthethwa)

2017

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

2017

Adè van Heerden

2018 - Current

Tamaryn Green

2000

2000

Jo-Ann Strauss (Held)

2001

Vanessa Carreira (Coutroulis)

2002

Cindy Nell (Roberts)

2003

Joan Ramagoshi (Madibeng)

2004

Claudia Henkel (Roesstorff)

2005

Nokuthula Sithole (Dlamini)

2006

Megan Coleman

2007

Tansey Coetzee (Kolapo)

2008

Tatum Keshwar

2009

Nicole Flint (van Heerden)

1990

1990

Suzette van der Merwe

1991

Diana Tilden-Davis

1992

Amy Kleinhans (Curd)

1993

Jacqui Mofokeng

1994

Basetsana Makgalamele (Kumalo)

1995

Bernelee Daniell

1996

Peggy-Sue Khumalo

1997

Kerishnie Naiker

1998

Sonia Raciti (Oshry)

1999

Heather Hamilton (Mostert)

1980

1980

Sandra M'Crystal (DeBruin)

1981

Linda Phillips (MacNab)

1982

Sandra De Meyer (Evans)

1982

Odette Scrooby (Joubert)

1983

Leanne Hosking

1984

Lorna Potgieter (Rossetti)

1984

Letitia Snyman (Rubenstein)

1985

Andrea Stelzer

1986

Sandy McCormack (Macdonald)

1987

Wilma van der Bijl (Tapanlis)

1988

Janine Botbyl

1989

Michelle Bruce (Mountain)

1970

1970

Jillian Jessup

1971

Monica Fairall

1972

Stephanie Reynecke

1973

Shelley Latham

1974

Anneline Kriel (Bacon)

1975

Vera Johns (Sutherland)

1976

Lynn Massyn

1977

Vanessa Wannenburg (Mulholland)

1978

Yolanda Kloppers (Ward)

1979

Karen Sickel (Wucherpfennig)

1960

1960

Denise Muir

1961

Yvonne Hulley

1962

Yvonne Ficker

1963

Louise Crous

1964

Vedra Karamitas

1965

Carol Davis

1966

Joan Carter

1967

Disa Duivestein

1968

Mitzianna Stander

1969

Linda Collett

1950

1953

Ingrid Rita
Mills

1956

Norma Vorster

1957

Adele Kruger

1958

Penelope Rey (Coelen)

1959

Moya Meaker

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