*The Top 25 Finalists 2020 were announced on 13th November 2020 at the Mrs South Africa Summer Soiree hosted at Casalinga Organic Farm*
Back row : Left to right; Tarryn Hattingh, Paula Msiza, Nkabati Mamorobela-Shezi, Thenjiwe Mdluli, Sherinne Winderley, Kerri Marks, Sumaiya Omar, Mokganyetsi Mashele, Naledia Marincowitz, Kamentha Pillay, Shannon Coetzee, Chandre Goosen-Joubert, Johanni Steenkamp, Zikhona Ngxata, Pearl Osa & Thando-Rose Manonga.
Front row : left to right; Candice Williams-Redddiar, Marika Opperman, Liz-Meri Holton, Lisa Mthembu, Mandlakazi Gcasamba, Olwethu Nodada (2nd Princess 2020) , Jacqueline Ferns (Mrs SA 2020), Sandra Harmse (1st Princess 2020) , Noko Mokobi, Natalie Joordan, Tarryn Pather, Ellenore Meyer.
A beautiful bright-coloured day out kicked off the Mrs. South Africa Summer Soiree. While the event was the first event hosted by the organisation under strict Covid19 regulation, it was a glamorous affair and the perfect opportunity for guests to dress up , show up and be treated to a delectable lively day out at Casalinga Organic Farm to celebrate the announcement of the top 25 finalist.
Hosted by Jonathan Boynton-Lee, the guests were entertained by the Electronic DJ Duo, CINIMIN Cassim Brothers and a fashion show powered by planet54, Nomination Italy and Brentoni Eyewear, Marc Anthony, Cantu Beauty, The Makeup Issue and CATRICE Cosmetics.
It was an important occasion on the Mrs South Africa calendar too, as the top 50 semi-finalists, announced months ago, pinnacled their journey of workshops, networking, judging and rehearsing, when the announcement of the final Top 25 was made at the Summer Soiree.
Judges Vusi Zwane, Nicole Capper and Matapa Maila admitted to this being the hardest round of judging thus far as all semi-finalists had inspired them and displayed beauty, grace and dedication.
The announced Top 25 finalists will continue with the empowerment program and run for the coveted title of Mrs South Africa 2021 and the new Mrs South Africa will be crowned in 26th February 2021.
Mrs South Africa is proudly sponsored by: Arena Holdings, Sunday Times, Emperors Palace, Seduction shoes, Planet54, Lamelle Research Laboratories, Renewal Institute, Collagen Lift Paris, Legacy Hotels, Kwa Maritane, CATRICE Cosmetics, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Nomination South Africa, Brentoni Eyewear, White Glo, Marc Anthony and CANTU
Meet The Finalists
I am Candise Williams-Reddiar. I am 33 years old from Lenasia, in the south of Johannesburg. I am a qualified Forensic and Investigative Auditor currently working in the Finance Sector. I am married to my soulmate, Sheldon and together we have a fourteen-year-old son, Thaseen. Being a cancer survivor myself, I am very passionate about my causes which include the Cancer Association of South Africa and Fighting with a Smile. I love travelling the world and immersing myself in different cultures.
My name is Chandre Goosen-Joubert, a 37 year old mother of twin boys, aged 10. We are proud Capetonians. I am a business owner and an entrepreneur which includes me having my my own clothing label Chandrè and Co. and I am married to Olof. Driving fast cars is an absolute love of mine. I might sometimes have a little tomboy in me although I love glamming it up on every possible occasion. I am passionate about the needs of others and am I currently engaging with organisations, in order to assist them financially as well as emotionally by making use of my personal skills, which I acquired through experiences stemming from an abusive background. By doing this I trust I will be teaching women the skills to better themselves, to find their voice and assist them so that they will heal and grow the self-confidence to change the world.
I am Ellenore Meyer, I am 39 years old and live in Pretoria, South Africa. I am married to Jaco and we have two boys and are fostering our daughter that we are in the process of adopting. I am a medical doctor with a PhD in holistic health care. I am a community developer and work as a doctor in informal settlements in Pretoria. I am the the CEO of Tebelo NPO and have worked for the past decade in women's and children's holistic health programs. I am a published author, motivational and educational speaker and writer for a local magazine. I climbed Kilimanjaro as the team doctor campaigning against human trafficking. I love adventure, traveling and cooking.
I am an Afrikaans woman raised in a multicultural environment. I obtained a B.Law, LLB, CIS and practised as Attorney, Notary and Conveyancer but now am #TheLawyerWhoBecameAStylist. I believe that once we know better, we do better. My daughter taught me not conform to society's pre-assumed template of approval. My compassion lies with single, divorced and widowed women of all ages as I got married for the first time at age 40. I believe my wisdom and experience, combined with my youth and passion makes me explosive in smashing all stigmas that a 41 year old can't be Mrs SA. I have become the women I needed when I was younger and it’s my duty to contribute with lessons learnt.
I am Kamentha Pillay. I am 35 years old and I live in Durban, KZN. I am married to Pooven, and we have two children. I have a BSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. I am a business consultant and Tech-preneur, with the intention to advocate for better representation in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM). I am the owner & creator of The STEM Mom blog; The STEM Moms Club and STEM Collect Connect™. As a self-taught artist, painting & being at the seaside are my favourite past times.
My name is Kerri Marks. I am 37 years old from Sandton, Johannesburg. I am the Business Development Manager, for a tourism publication and I am responsible for selling South Africa as a tourist destination. To win Mrs South Africa would be my career highlight, in promoting our beautiful, beloved country to the world.
I entered to change multiple lives. I have an affinity for helping people, children and the underprivileged. I wish to drive campaigns, impact and empower women’s lives by being a voice for Neonatal UCI moms and women battling mental disorders. My middle daughter was an IVF baby and we lost her twin. I gave birth to her at a mere 1kg. My message is that it is not impossible to be a mom, a business women, a friend and everything combined. I AM POSSIBLE!
I am Lisa Mthembu. I am 25 years old who wasborn and bred in Johannesburg, Gauteng. I hold a Diploma in Nursing Sciences (General, Community, Psychiatry) & Midwifery. I now work as a Professional Nurse at a local clinic, in the City of Ekurhuleni. I am married to my loving husband, Oscar Mthembu and we were blessed with two beautiful kids, Phawulothando (5) and Liyana(2).
I am Liz-Meri Holton. I am 26 years old and live in CapeTown. I am a beauty and aesthetic therapist. I am internationally trained in lashes and brows and a Phibrows artist as well as Facilitator. I own a small business in Cape Town, and run an NPO “Inkanyezi", where I upskill and train unprivileged young women to become independent. I’m married to my best friend and we have the privilege to raise two beautiful boys together.
Mandlakazi Gcasamba is a 29 year old village girl, from the Eastern Cape. I am a Chartered Accountant and currently an Operations Manager at an asset management firm, in Johannesburg. I am proud mother, wife and a spiritual being who is extremely passionate about giving back. I run initiatives aimed at providing resources and awareness for NPO’s. My professional background is in auditing, financial services and academia and I was a Senior Lecturer in Financial Management. I am also part of the team that issued a pioneering Pan African ETF, which facilitates a more efficient manner of investing in African developed markets. I was recently appointed as Chairman of the board of directors TQ Group.
I am Marika Opperman, I am 39 years old and married to Louis. We have two children, a boy and a girl. I am the sales and marketing manager for a property developer. I am living my legacy with my initiative that endeavours to equip women, children, and couples with skills to cope with modern day challenges. I believe in perseverance and to live an intentional life.
A 34-year-old mother of 4 boys, born in Limpopo Polokwane, residing in Pretoria. I am a qualified Civil Engineer Specialising in Transportation Engineering obtained from Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Tshwane University of Technology. I am the founder of two companies: 4Remash In-Cooperatives (a group of diverse businesses including Transportation Engineering, logistics, catering, events, sound and media services) and LuthaMash Eats (African cuisine food shop) In between running my companies, I am a Mentor, Motivational Speaker, A Cook, Singer-Songwriter and a Philanthropist. I run a Non-Profit Organization called “Hearts of Beauty” where I feed the child-led homes and the homeless regularly, and mentor young children and women to becoming the better versions of themselves.
I am Naledi Marincowitz. I am 34 years old, from Randburg in Johannesburg. I have been married to my heart keeper, Leon, for 8 years and we have 2 busy boys, Joshua and Nathan, age 7 and 5. During the day, I work in financial services as a Programme Manager. I am also on the board of StudyTrust, which is the largest bursary administrator in the country. After hours, I am a food and wellness blogger for my blog bantingfoodie.com. I am passionate about empowering women with the knowledge and tools they need to take charge of their health through food and nutrition, particularly those managing insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes
Although much of my childhood and adult life was split between living, studying and working in Europe, Africa and Asia, I am so happy to have finally settled back in Stellenbosch, South Africa. A diplomatic lifestyle from a young age made me adaptable, relatable to many cultures and also made me appreciate and be proud of our wonderful country. I have two beautiful children, Francoise (girl, 6) and Zenith (boy, 3) and I am married to Shiru Zhang. I have a Masters Degree in International Politics and a PGC in Early Childhood Development. My hobbies include visual art and design, performing arts such as dance, drama and music, ultimate frisbee, swimming, and running. Before COVID-19 pandemic, I was an art specialist in Shanghai. Being back in South Africa and participating in Mrs. South Africa, I am able to increase my involvement in the empowerment and protection of women and children, both locally and globally as well as environmental protection and wildlife preservation.
Nkabati Annah Mamorobela Shezi
I am Nkabati Annah Mamorobela Shezi, 31 years old from Lenyenye, Tzaneen in Limpopo. I am a wife to Siphelele Shezi and a mother to our three beautiful children. I am a Sales Technician, by trade and I possess an N6 Certificate in Electrical Engineering. I am passionate about the transition of young girls to womanhood, hence the birth of my brainchild “Girl 2 Woman”. We focus on guiding young girls through via Mentorship programs, where we equip them with life skills, teach them about hygiene and sexuality. We also emphasize the importance of education in their lives whilst we motivate and empower them.
I am Noko Mokobi. I am 30 years old, from Polokwane, Limpopo. I live in Durban where I work as a Speech Language Therapist, in the public health sector. I have an Honours degree in Communication Pathology from the University of Pretoria. My passion for paediatric development led me to post-graduate studies in Child Health. I run support groups to promote health literacy for parents, from underprivileged communities, who have children with Down syndrome and Autism. I am a mentor to working class females, in my community, encouraging them to live purpose-driven lives. I am married to my adventure warrior, Mogale Mokobi and together we love doing outdoor activities in nature, such as hiking and sightseeing.
I am Paula Msiza, a driven 34 year old mother of 2, from Roodepoort Gauteng. I have been married for 10 years to my best friend Sabelo. I am a qualified Metallurgical Engineer and have been in the Mining industry for 13 years. I decided to follow my passion in fashion and have since obtained a second degree. I launched my clothing brand, Havva which means eve and focuses on the empowered woman. It is my passion to positively influence the lens that women and young people view themselves in so they may be confident and active contributors to better society.
I am Pearl Osa, 42 years young and from Johannesburg. I am a wife and mom of ten, with a B Com degree. As a teacher at heart and by calling, I have worked as a head Learning and Development specialist, in banking and telecoms. In what may appear a complete 'about-turn' from the Corporate arena of boardrooms and power suits, I have found the expression of my purpose in art, entertainment and public speaking. I connect with my audience via my YouTube channel “Life of Interruptions” and the three books I have written. Through my foundation, the Widows Care Program, I serve widows in underprivileged communities with food parcels. I also help parents navigate the ins and outs of taking responsibility for the education of their children in the post COVID world. In my spare time, I love to read, travel, cook, eat out, listen to music and create art.
I am Shannon Coetzee. I am 34 years old and live in Johannesburg, Gauteng. I am a qualified financial professional, with an Honours degree in Financial Management and a flourishing career as an executive Commercial Specialist, recently promoted to Operational Executive Committee of my employer. I have been married to my husband, Martin for 8 years and we are blessed with our gorgeous, energetic two-and-a-half-year-old son, Clark. My self-proclaimed cause is to awaken women to the potential beauty that lies beyond brokenness, via various like-minded partners, inspired by my story of unlikely survival and triumph over affliction.
I am Sherinne Winderley, a 37-year-old mom of two, living in Douglasdale, Johannesburg, with my husband of 12 years, Justin. As an award-winning Creative Director and Copywriter, with over a decade of experience in the advertising industry, I am a natural storyteller who is passionate about owning my story and, in doing so, empowering other women to do the same. As the founder of “Little Lenses”, an organisation that funds paediatric eye surgeries and critical ophthalmic interventions, I believe that every child deserves a clear vision of their future which is why it’s my mission to enable many, many little ones to see the world, in all its bigness. For me, Mrs South Africa is a platform, not a pedestal, because when we are afforded any form of influence it’s our responsibility to use that influence to make a meaningful impact and leave behind a legacy.
My name is Sumaiya Omar. I am a 38 year old Entrepreneur from Cape Town, with my husband and pigeon pair. I studied in the fields of Hospitality Management, Visual Communication, as well as Marketing (PR) in Dubai, UAE and in Chicago, USA respectively. During my stay in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I refined my cake art skills and have gone on to become an award winning and internationally published Wedding Cake Artist and Teacher. My mentorship academy has approximately twenty budding businesswomen, under my wing. I run a charity in honour of the elderly and frail aged called the “OG Drive”. With content creation being my passion, I collaborate with many businesses, majority being women-owned, in the food, fashion, lifestyle, health and beauty industries. I am also a part time Presenter, MC & Speaker and have had the opportunity of making the Top 20 Cape Town semi-finalists for SABC 3’s Expresso Show, as well as presenting at The Style Loft Pop up in Johannesburg in 2020.
I am Tarryn Hattingh. I am 34 years old and I am from Pretoria. I'm a wife and Qualified Physiotherapist from University of the Free State. I have great passion for health and wellness, and improving the quality of life of those around me, empowering them to be more independent and reach their full potential. My husband, Jeffrey Hattingh and I are the proud parents of two beautiful Dalmatians and the founders of Keto-SA Gift of Giving. I love going for my morning jogs, listening to music and enjoy a good coffee with family and friends. I believe that one's outlook on life determines the direction of your path. Through my faith, I have discovered how we are able to help and serve others by knowing our strengths, harnessing our weaknesses and working together to make an impact far greater than what one can do alone.
Tarryn Leigh Pather
My name is Tarryn Leigh Pather, I’m 36 years old from Douglasdale, Sandton. I am happily married to Karlin for the last 6 years and together we have 4 year old twin daughters and a 3 year old son. I hold a degree in Corporate Communication, a certificate in Exercise Science and I’m currently studying Life Coaching. I co-own an IT Managed Services business and am also a Fitness Coach. I’m on the leadership team of a NPO called Cornerstone Woman, liberating families from being trapped in their stories of trauma. Maintaining strong family values is paramount to me and I’ve learned that in order to breathe life into our families, we need to begin with ourselves. I want to inspire and motivate other women to start prioritizing themselves again, without it being at the expense of their responsibilities.
My name is Thando-Rose Manonga. I am 34 year old living in Centurion, Gauteng. I am a qualified PR practitioner, a Director in a road marking company, as well as a PPE manufacturing & distribution company. I proudly represent women in construction. I am also a creative entrepreneur, who recently founded fashion styling company called “Dough Style”, which I successfully manage daily, collaborating with designers for fashion forward looks. I’m a proud ‘Zulu Queen’, a mother to 3, a wife, a mentor, creative, fitness fanatic, avid cook, adventurer and so much more. I have a high passion for empowering aspiring young women and boys who want to further their careers in both the creative space and within the construction industry. I am a firm believer in active citizenship.
My name is Thenji Mdluli. I am 30 years old and from Edenvale, Johannesburg. I have a BCom degree in Risk Management from Unisa and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Wits Business school. I am married to Sibonelo Mdluli and we have 2 beautiful children, a boy and girl. We also run an Engineering Consulting firm together. I am passionate about Wellness and Nutrition and my goal is to become a health coach. My dream is to change our thinking around nutrition and eradicate the scourge of lifestyle diseases that is prevalent in our low-income communities. I believe in the unlimited power of women. I hope that women can see themselves in my story and be inspired to become the best versions of themselves.
I am Zikhona Ngxata, a 33 year oldphenomenal woman, from East London,Eastern Cape. I am married to my loving husband of 11 years, Luvuyo Ngxata and blessed with 3 beautiful daughter, Blessed, Hazina and Neema. I studied Public Relations at the University of Johannesburg. I am Certified in Sales through Mercedes Benz Global training and a Certified Leader through Rotary Leadership Program. I am a Social Entrepreneur thus being a Chairperson of Beauty With A Purpose NPO, where I empower young girls from previously disadvantaged communities through Skills Development, Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Technology for the past 7 years. I am passionate about youth and community development.