Mrs South Africa proudly presents our Top 25 Finalists for 2017.
Johannesburg, 29 April 2017 – A star studded red carpet kicked off the Mrs. South Africa CANSA Gala dinner held at Emperors Palace last night. While this annual event has earned an honourable reputation for raising copious amounts of money for the Cancer Association of South Africa each year, it is also always a glamorous affair and the perfect opportunity for guests to dust off their glass slippers and be treated to a delectable dinner while viewing a seamless stage production.
Hosted by the sensational Jo-Ann Strauss, the guests were entertained with music by Tamara Dey and Garth Taylor as well as an incredible fashion show powered by Contempo Retail and Nomination Italy.
It was an important occasion on the Mrs South Africa calendar too, as the top 100 semi-finalists, announced two months ago, pinnacled their journey of workshops, networking, judging and rehearsing when the announcement of the final top 25 was made at the dinner.
Judges Unaiza Mooideen, Thuli Sithole, Vusi Zwane and principal judge Cindy Nell-Roberts admitted to this being the hardest round of judging thus far as all semi-finalists had inspired them and displayed beauty, grace and dedication.
Anrike van der Walt (36) is married to Derick van der Walt and has two beautiful daughters- Erika (9) and Mia (7). Anrike has worked as a Creative Director and Fashion Stylist in the magazine industry for many years. She currently runs her own business and does charity work. Anrike unwinds by doing adventurous activities with her husband and her hobbies are CrossFit; fashion styling; modelling; dancing; singing; reading and taking the children to the theatre or cinema.
Bayanda Gumede (35) is married to Zithulele Gumede and has two children - Owami (10), Asante (2). She is the co-founder and creative director of Skates and Candy. She is also a parenting and fashion blogger. Her hobbies are watching movies, reading and exercising. She is passionate about inspiring women to live their best lives unapologetically.
Bella Edwards (26) is married to Gavin Edwards and she is a mother to Cody (7 months) and a stepmother to Willem (21) and Jaydon (15). She manages Gavin’s music career, PR and social media. She has her own blog called “Just Being Bells” as writing is her passion. Her hobbies include walking, writing and dancing.
Candice Robbertze (40) is married to Reuben Robbertze and has 2 boys - Maxx (5) and Knoxx (4). She is a partner in ‘Moon Child Life Style’, ‘C-Squared’ and co-founder and MD of ‘Calorie Conscious’. To empower the nation, she became involved in Buddibox Health and Invelo Bakery. She is a spoke person for The Aganang Foundation and has adopted the ‘Rena Le Lona’ Foundation. Her hobbies are dancing, exercising, experiencing different cultures, Transcendental Meditation and spending quality time with her family. Her dream is to have 1 of the products (from her company) in every household in the country.
Cathleen Prinsloo (41) is married to Joe Prinsloo and they have 2 children - Benjamin (7) and Chloé (6). Cathleen is a passionate wife, mother and business woman in the medical industry. She has a Bachelor of Marketing degree and a certificate in Ministerial Training. Her hobbies are running, reading and horse riding. Cathleen values family time as it is a joy and strength she priorities daily and is a devoted woman who values being involved with her church and community.
Chantel Blignaut (35) is married to Breydon Blignaut with Ché-Lee (10) who is their only daughter. Che-Lee has a hearing disability but is accomplished in many fields. Chantel is a former World Champion Freestyle Dancer, SA Champion Race Car Driver, Professional Singer; Captain at SA Police CIA; Businesswoman, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, Top Model, Pilot and Scuba Diver.
Esme Booyens-Burn (27) is wife to Jonathan Burn and mother to JC Burn (2). She is a passionate fashion design and business owner of “The Mark of E Couture” in Parys, Freestate, specialising in Bridal and Evening Wear. Her hobbies include golfing, spending time with her family and travelling our beautiful country South Africa.
Felicia Tshite (37) is married to Mothusi Molamu, who is also her business partner and they have 2 children. She is a medical doctor with interest in ENT surgery and Aesthetics. She is an Entrepreneur and her passion is fashion, in medicine - with her innovative trademarked clothing brand called “Dream Doctor Collection”. She designs all her collections and manufactures it as well. The product is her pride and joy because it is redefining image in the medical & wellness industry. In the process, she creates employment and inspires others.
Géla le Roux (28) is married to Louis le Roux. She has 4 children - Yannik (21), Gian (19), Bjorne (6) and Olivia (2). Géla is an entrepreneur, qualified Audiometrist and co-owner of ‘Hearing Aid Direct’ franchise in George and Hartenbos. She is also the founder of #PureGold foundation and is a down to earth mommy & stepmom. Her hobbies include beach days with her family, travelling, adventure-seeking, trail running, upcycling and interior design.
Jurandi du Plessis (29) is married to Marnus du Plessis and she has a 18-month-old daughter, named Inge. She is a qualified teacher and Public Relations Officer for the family business, Transem. Her hobbies are watching movies, sports and travelling South Africa and the world. When she is not spending time with her family, she loves to work with animals, develop young minds and promote education.
Lerato Moyo (40) is married to Sylvester Moyo and they have 4 children - Gugulethu (18), Letumile (16), Thatiso (15) and Owethu (8). Born and raised in Soweto, she has a B.Compt Degree and is an Image Consultant. She is the founder and director of Ithate Image Consulting. Lerato is an advocate of human rights for all regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation and she practices her passion of helping build confidence in women through image, with the objective of them uncovering the best version of themselves. Lerato is family orientated, loves to travel and is renowned for her loud laugh.
Mankoana Nhlebela (32) is a proud wife to Nzuzo Nhlebela and a mother to 2 kids aged 8 years and 22 months. She’s a Senior Manager in a telecommunications company, with specialisation in business and strategic risk management. She’s an entrepreneur and Co-founder of ‘Motherly Love Baby Shower’ a charity organisation that aims to empower under-privileged mothers-to-be. Mankoana has a creative side too and is the founder of UKARA, an online fashion store that provides simplistic, elegant and versatile ready-to-wear apparel for women. She’s a women empowerment enthusiast at heart, an avid gym fanatic and enjoys leisure travel with her family.
Megan Nel (43) is married to Jacques Nel and they have two amazing little boys, Edmund (10) and Brodie (6). Megan is a business woman, Professional Model and co-founder of the "Be More" foundation. Her hobbies include most outdoor activities that can be done with her family as well as Baking, Fashion and just loving life.
Merlin Norman (39) is married to Henry Norman and has 2 beautiful boys: Carter (5) and Juan (2). She is passionate about building brands and is Head of Marketing at Rhodes Food Group. She is a dreamer and believer and in her spare time she does Cross Fit, Mountain Biking and spends quality time with her family and friends.
Michelle Bekker (34) is married to Jaco Bekker and proud mother of Daniel (5) and Christopher (3).
She is a passionate wedding/event stylist and manager at My Pretty Vintage and mentors students from the SA School of Weddings.
Her hobbies include sightseeing, netball, watching local motor racing and she values spending time with family and friends.
Michelle serves her community by supporting cancer patients at the Tygerberg Cancer Home and the CANSA children’s TLC oncology at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town.
Her heart is to empower and inspire women of all walks of life to be brave and rise above their circumstances.
Mpho Ntontela (30) is married to Feza Ntontela and has a son Imange (3). She is a project manager at one of the leading financial institute; business management student; aspiring business woman; mentor and a member of ‘Proverbs 31 Legacy’ woman empowerment movement. Her hobbies are focused around active health and fitness activities, outdoor dining, music and partaking in activities that involve spending quality time with her family.
Nicole Capper (32) is married to Brian Capper and she is a mom of 2 children - Joshua (5), as well as a Tatum (1), who has a rare genetic disease. She is a Functional Medicine Pharmacist passionate about health. She is also a Model, Speaker and a Guesthouse owner. Nicole founded ‘Inside Out’ an organization that connects the youth with their heroes in sport and business, at school events. She is involved in rare disease awareness. Nicole believes that no matter what challenges one may face, every day is a gift, and life is truly beautiful.
Portia Radebe (36) is married to Seth for 18 years, and together pastors God Sanctuary churches. She is a mother of 5 girls and works as an Image Consultant and Event Coordinator. She is passionate in assisting people achieve her conviction of excellence in her area of expertise. She pioneers various initiatives helping kids in rural areas and youth with building self-esteem and girl’s self-pride. She’s dedicated to fitness and health, with an intention to motivate and mentor people looking to improve their lifestyles, self-esteem and overall image. She enjoys family, music, movies, exercising, and spending time in church activities.
Prenita Reddi (38) is married to Vinesh Reddi. Prenita is a mother of 3 beautiful children, Nekeesha (13), Ashaan (4) and Kiyaan (3). She has two degrees a Bachelor of Commerce (WITS) and a Masters in Business Leadership (UNISA SBL). Prenita is a driven, adventurous and a passionate individual who owns a cross border transport company called Refuel Carriers. She is an avid traveller and a part time travel blogger.
Reevana Govender (29) is married to Chandresan Govender and is a mum to a beautiful 2-year-old girl, Mayil. Reevana is an optometrist by profession and the brand ambassador for Bona Bolo Vision for learning, which is a NPO focused on eye care for school going children in peripheral areas of the country. As a part of her journey and in the spirit of Ubuntu, she aims to also focus on women empowerment by being a woman who supports and uplifts other women. Reevana enjoys Indian Classical dancing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Refilwe Mogale (37) is married to Sebasa Mogale. Refilwe is a businesswoman, Model, Paper craft Artisan and Graphic Designer. She owns a Modelling Academy and is a co-founder of “Sebasa Mogale Creation” which focuses on Arts and Entertainment. She is passionate about Social Development and Charity work, which is why she does not only teach her students about the Modelling industry but also helps them with their academic work and social issues. She also tasks them to do their own charity projects. She enjoys Movies and Design sketching.
Rhona Erasmus (33) is married to Wikus Erasmus and has two busy and beautiful sons: Júan (3), and Wikus (1). Rhona is the owner of the Midsteam Baby Centre and the co-franchisor of the “Pienkvoet-Pret” franchise. She is a patron for the NEA foundation that focuses on opening pre-schools in rural communities; giving training to the teachers and assisting the school to become self-sufficient. Both her businesses and the foundation she supports focus on early childhood education, in various forms. Her hobbies include having coffee with friends, going to the gym and making memories with her husband and children.