2021 top 25 finalists

20 August 2021: Twenty-five talented, beautiful, and inspirational women took one step closer to the coveted Mrs South Africa title on Friday evening. This came as the prestigious beauty pageant and women empowerment programme unveiled its 25 finalists at a glamorous Winter Ball event hosted at Emperors Palace Hotel in Johannesburg.

Mrs South Africa offers married women an acclaimed self-discovery programme that aims to celebrate and further develop the skills of the strong, talented and confident female leaders. The organisation provides women with an opportunity to invest in themselves and to play a part in bettering the lives of those around them.

With all the semi-finalists embodying the values which the organisation prizes, demonstrating their strength, resilience, and grace throughout the trying times of the pandemic, 25 finalists were selected to proceed to the next stage of the competition. Despite the challenging circumstances brought on by Covid-19, all contestants remained committed to the programme and worked selflessly on various community involvement initiatives, noted Mrs South Africa Chief Executive Officer, Joani Johnson.

“We pride ourselves on offering our contestants training in a variety of life- and empowerment skills, and I would like to recognise and applaud each of our semi-finalists for all their hard work and their immense personal and professional growth,” she said.

“Mrs South Africa has built a formidable ecosystem of social impact and game-changers who are committed to developing and strengthening their communities. I am equally proud of and honoured by every woman who has made her way through the programme thus far, and who has joined us in creating a movement of positive transformation.”

The finalists announcement followed three days of intensive deliberations by an expert independent panel of seven judges, including reality TV star Lebo Jojo Gunguluza; former Miss South Africa Tansey Coetzee; public relations expert Madelain Roscher of PR Worx; former Mrs South Africa Jacqueline Ferns; former Mrs South Africa Matapa Maila; and medical doctor and model Dr Fezile Mkhize. Leading audit, tax and advisory firm PKF Oktagon acted as the independent auditors to ensure the integrity of the results are in line with international pageant standards.

Owing to strict COVID-19 protocols, the Winter Ball event was attended by a small group of people, with the event livestreamed to a larger audience.

Mrs South Africa prides itself on its commitment to diversity, and uplifting and celebrating women of all creeds, race, religion, culture and abilities, and celebrates the top 25 finalists (listed in alphabetical order):

Name

Surname

Anele

Sikakana

Ashton

Jansen

Chane

Todd

Gwen

Taylor

Farrah

Rymer

Itumeleng

Kekana

Jo

Jackson

Jo

Judnick-Wilson

Judy

Bloomfield

Michelle F.

Forsyth

Michelle M.

Maharaj

Nadia

Bester

Natalie

Leach

Nompikazi

Mokgatle

Palesa

Tsibane

Patricia

Vermeulen

Roxy

Van Bruwaene

Sandra

Zaca

Stacy

van den Heever

Tanita

van der Merwe

Thammy

Young

Thando

Mbokazi

Tshego

Dludla

Tumi

Msimang

Zaza

Letsholo

With such a talented and inspirational group of ladies, it will be exciting to see what these women will accomplish next, and just who will take the Mrs South Africa crown in November.

The new Mrs South Africa will be crowned at the finals at Emperors Palace on Friday, 26 November 2021.

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Meet the 2021 Finalists

Anele

 

Anele Sikakana

My name is Anele Sikakana, a 34-year-old entrepreneur based in the Western Cape. I am the CEO of a startup, The Iconic Beverage Company, which is focused on producing premium non-alcoholic beverages. I hold a B.Com Honours degree in Marketing Management and am currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Marketing, with a focus on Sustainable Luxury. I have been happily married to my best friend, Lungile Sikakana for the past 10 years and I am a proud mom to my 16-year-old son, Luphumlo. I love the outdoors and I love people! I am passionate about all thing’s beauty, travel, lifestyle and fitness. I am all about breaking boundaries, pushing the limits and encouraging women to live to their fullest potential. We are all unique and add something special to the world. Live Authentically, Live your truth!

AshtonAshton Jansen

I am Ashton Jansen. I am 33 years old and live in Cape Town, Western Cape. I currently head up Operations and System Solutions for an International investment firm. I hold a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting. I am a PRINCE 2 qualified Project Manager and I have recently completed my MBA essentials executive development certificate, in order to assess my readiness to take on my official MBA, where I will major in Psychology. I have 2 kids with my spouse Navarone Jansen, to whom I have been married for 8 years. In my spare time, I like to keep fit boxing, being adventurous in the kitchen, reading and spending time with my family. My family and friends describe me as a superwoman, as I excel in the many hats I wear and am constantly looking to do more.

 

ChaneChane Todd

I am Chane Todd. I am 31 years old and live in Benoni Johannesburg. I am qualified in Cosmetology and Somatology. I am incredibly passionate about this ever-evolving industry and the ability it has to instill the confidence that each of us deserve. I am married to my very best friend, in this life. I am a mom to two beautiful boys and they are the reason I am a realist and believe in miracles. I am also the CEO and founder of Dandelion distribution. I currently sit on the committee for three NPO charities, that are incredibly close to my heart. I am the daughter of a world champion golfer which has inspired me to succeed for my country and bring hope in a time of need. Through his story, I hope to carry his legacy to dedicate myself to humanity. I was born in South Africa but raised in Ireland and at the first opportunity, I chose to move back to South Africa to raise a family. This is living testimony to how incredibly passionate about our beautiful country.

FarrahFarrah Rymer

I am Farrah Rymer. I am 34 years old and live in Johannesburg. I am incredibly passionate about the fitness industry. I am the director of Fit Babes Elite, which is an online fitness company for women. There is nothing more rewarding for me than seeing ladies transform not only on the outside, but the inside too. I believe that I serve my clients to another level with my degree in Psychology. There is a huge mental aspect in fitness which aids the physical side immensely. Confident women for me are the most beautiful women. I have two children with my husband Darren. Darren and I have been married for 7 years. I want my girls to grow up knowing that they can accomplish anything in life. In my spare time, I like to work with different charities, play golf, weightlifting, shooting and fishing.

 

GwenGwen Taylor

I am Gwen Taylor, from Sandton, Johannesburg and I am 45 years old. I am currently Head of Telecommunications for an international company, responsible for South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. I am a mother to a handsome boy, and have been married to my husband, Wayne Taylor, for just under one year. I enjoy spending time with my family and those close to me. In my spare time, I like to keep fit, and participate in outdoor activities like, training, walking and wakeboarding.  I really enjoy fashion, beauty, cooking for my family and living a healthy lifestyle. Being kind, empathetic, and helpful to those I can, are strong values I try to live up to daily. One of my main drives on my journey and something I am extremely passionate about, is to create more awareness around the abuse of woman and children.

 

Itumeleng KekanaItumeleng

I am Itumeleng Kekana. I am 35 years old and live in Mokopane, Limpopo. I am the founder of 10Eighty Construction (an SMPP and Civils Company) and Zion Communications (a Skills training company accredited with the respective SETA’s). I have a qualification in Electrical Engineering. I am a Minister at Light of Zion Ministries and I run a foundation called Itumeleng Ledwaba Foundation, which focuses on Child Mentorship. I have 5 kids (4 boys and a girl) with my spouse Stephen Kekana. In my spare time I like to meditate, listen to Praise and Worship, watch movies with my family, and read, especially the Bible.

 

Jo JacksonJo Jackson

I am Jo Jackson, 44-year-old passionate women from East London, Eastern Cape. I am happily married to my incredible husband Everett for the past 8 years.  I have 4 wonderful children: Bryce who is 16 years old, together we have 3, our twin girls Charlie and Chelsea who are 5 years old and our youngest Jack who is 3 years old. I am owner and founder of Jo Jackson Dance Co and Promotions, which has been running successfully for the past 20 years. Besides my international and national dance teachers qualification through S.A.D.T.A AND I.D.T. A  I also have my diploma in group fitness through H.F.P.A. I am founder of the Dance4Life initiative and believe in uplifting the youth through dance #passionforapurpose. In my spare time, building memories with my family is on the top of my list.

Jo Judnick WilsonJo Judnick-Wilson

I am Jo Judnick-Wilson, fondly known as “Jozimom”. I am 40 years old and live in Johannesburg, Gauteng, the melting pot of South Africa. I am an entrepreneur, business owner, content creator, avid photographer, founder of “Build Her Tomorrow” and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science.  I have 2 children with my husband David, to whom I have been happily married for 16 years. In my spare time, I like to be creative. I’m always inspired by a new challenge. You will either find me amidst a home DIY project; with sand under my fingernails in the garden landscaping; paint brush and watercolour set in hand, creating art or studying and mastering a new skill set. A trip to the bushveld is my favourite kind of ‘soul food’. My family has always been my number one priority and our motto is ‘Life is an adventure or nothing at all’.

JudyJudy Bloomfield

I am Judy Bloomfield. I am 42 years old and live in Kempton Park, Johannesburg. I have a diploma in PR & Marketing and more recently qualified as a Culinary Chef. I am the Co-owner of Ridgeway Rooftop Grill/Bar, as well as Owner & Director of Just Bloom & Co Culinary. I am the proud founder of Tannah's Gift, a charity established in 2013, raising money for underprivileged families affected by cleft lip and palate defects and I have proudly partnered with the Netcare Foundation. I have two children, with my spouse Grant Bloomfield, to whom I have been married to for 16 years. In my spare time, I enjoy a round of golf and reading but most of it is spent cheering on our race-team from the side-line of the motocross track. I enjoy traveling, adventure and a large circle of friends.  

 

Michelle ForsythMichelle Forsyth

I am Michelle Forsyth. I am 29 years old and live in Cape Town, Western Cape. I have been a professional model since the age of 15 and I have met the most incredible, diverse and interesting people, throughout my career. I have 3 kids with my husband Ike Forsyth, to whom I have been married to for 4 years. In my spare time, I like to teach my children how to plant and grow food and I also volunteer my time at community gardens. I am passionate about creating a sustainable future for my family and I, by living off the land. I strive to teach others the importance of this so that they can sustain themselves and their communities.

 

Michelle MaharajMichelle Maharaj

I am Michelle Maharaj. I am 43 years young and living in Ferndale, Johannesburg. Blessed with my amazing life partner, Daylin and mum to two heaven sent children. I have climbed up the corporate ladder of success, within financial services, whilst obtaining my B. Com Business Management degree.  I also serve on the Board of a Financial services company, as an Independent Non-executive director. As a philanthropist, I am the proud founder of ETALA Foundation, an NPO that is transforming our communities by eradicating poverty, hunger and unemployment through our feeding schemes, volunteer student tuition and mentoring programmes. I hope to inspire young women to be fierce world-changers. I aim to not only be the voice for many, but to demonstrate the power and resilience we possess as women to be leaders, founders and pillars within our society. Leaving a legacy by being the change I hope to see!

NadiaNadia Bester

I am Nadia Bester. I am 41 years old and live in Cape Town, Western Province. I have qualifications in Public Relations, General and Marketing Management. I am a Marketing Manager for Modern Hair and Beauty, the exclusive distributor for many recognizable brands. I work with a team of 3 amazing, strong women. I have 2 children with my husband Renny Bester, to whom I have been married to for 11 years. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my 2 beautiful daughters and husband. We love fitting the whole family onto one couch and watching a movie, going for a bike ride, or going to places where the kiddies can play to their hearts content. Due to my busy days, I love to get get an early start with a nice CrossFit workout.

 

NatalieNatalie Leach

I am Natalie Leach. I am 33 years old and live in East London, in the Eastern Cape. I currently work for Eskom Holdings in Financial Accounting, as I complete my final year towards my B.Com Degree in Financial Accounting and Business Management.  I have 2 little girls with my husband Cedric Leach, to whom I have been married for 11 years. In my spare time, I love to write, be out in nature and of course spend as much time as possible with my beautiful girls and husband.

 

 

 

NompikaziNompikazi Mokgatle

I am Nompikazi Mokgatle and I am 33 years old and I live in Johannesburg, Gauteng. My agenda is to help women confront culturally oppressive systems through my series, 'Spoken For'. By interrogating structures that our mothers and grandmothers had inherited, which only appeared to uplift men at the cost of our dignity, we can hopefully dismantle the product of this which has manifested in many of us women projecting the pain, trauma and insecurities onto each other. My NGO career began in 2010 with Doctors without Borders to managing a CSI Portfolio for Cipla, where I refined my skills as a Public Speaker and Spokesperson for Community Development projects. Season 1st of my podcast Read The Room aired on Woman Radio.  I am married to my high-school sweetheart of 16 years, Mokgatle Mokgatle.

 

Palesa TsibanePalesa

I am Palesa Tsibane. I am 36 years old and live in Mafikeng, North West. I serve in the Public Sector, employed by the Department of Water and Sanitation. I work as a Deputy Director: Monitoring and Evaluation and I hold a BA Honours degree in Sociology. I have 3 girls Lesedi(6), Bokamoso (12), Tshiamo (13) with my spouse, Mojalefa Tsibane, to whom I have been married for 4 years. In my spare time, I like to read my work policies because they enable me to speak with reference and confidence. I also like practicing my Latin American dancing, work out and spend quality time with family and friends.

 

Patricia VermeulenPatricia

I am Patricia Vermeulen a 36-year-old, mum of two gorgeous girls and have been married to entrepreneur, Chris Vermeulen for the last 5 years. I currently live in the Greenstone Hill, with my family. I am known for my friendly can-do attitude, and nothing is impossible approach to every task I take on. Currently I am the General Manager of the African Continent for the Cartrack Group. I have extensive experience in the corporate sector, holding various senior management positions throughout my career for various Technology Businesses. I am a firm believer that one should surround themselves with three types of people, The Inspired, The Excited and The Grateful. Surrounding yourself with people with these attributes will push you to work harder not only on the job at hand but on yourself. After all we are all a work in progress.

 

Roxy Van BruwaeneRoxy

I am Roxy Van Bruwaene. I am 39 years old, and I live in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. I am the Marketing Manager of two of our family-owned Engineering firms. I own my own Wine Label called Rare Diamond, we are currently in the process of bottling our first Methode Cap Classique. I hold two degrees, one Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and a Bachelor of Communication in Advertising, I have also completed my WSET (Wine Spirits and Education Trust) level 3. I have 3 children with my spouse Jacques Van Bruwaene to whom I have been happily married for almost 13 years. In my spare time, I love spending time with friend and family in the outdoors, usually on the water, Jet-skiing, and boating.

 

Sandra B ZacaSandra

My name is Sandra B Zaca. I am a 41-year-old mom of three. I was born in the DRC Congo, raised in Durban and now live in Pretoria. I am a Keynote Speaker and the founder of Brave Spaces. Brave Spaces is a transformational coaching and mental health business, through which we teach women how to live healthy, vibrant lives. I have a degree in Psychology and Political Science and am a certified NLP coach.  My husband, Ayanda Zaca and I have one girl and two boys. We have been married for 14 years. In my spare time, I like to read, cook, write blogs and spend quality time with my family.

 

 

StacyStacy van den Heever

I am Stacy van den Heever. I am 30 years old and live in Boksburg, Gauteng. I am a small business owner, specializing in corporate gifting. I have recently completely my studies in Sports Nutrition and look forward to this new venture. I have a blended family of 4 kids with my spouse Frans van den Heever, to whom I have been married for almost six years. In my spare time, I like to cook, read, spend time outdoors with my kids and hike. Nutrition and physical fitness are an incredibly important part of my life as they contribute greatly to our overall mental health. I am a passionate advocate for mental health and my goal during this journey is to help others achieve optimum mental health in order to live their most successful lives.

 

Tanita van der MerweTanita

I am Tanita van der Merwe. I was raised on a farm in the Northern Cape, but moved to Pretoria to study Engineering and  it is here that I met my husband, Francois. I am 28 years old, happily married for almost five years, and mother of very busy but wonderful three year old twin boys. I’m an Industrial Engineering degree holder and started this year with my Masters in Engineering, while still being employed as a Process Engineer at LAWtrust. My hobbies include reading, exercising, gardening and challenging myself in order to ensure that I’ll never stop growing. MoKwE, is my charity that support mothers of kids with epilepsy and I’m also an Autoimmune Encephalitis advocate.  I believe that if we as women of South Africa, empower and support one another, we can be a great example for the rest of the world of what we can achieve together.

 

Thammy YoungThammy

I am Thammy Young. I am 31 years old and live in Krugersdorp, Johannesburg. I'm an Industrial Engineer by profession, with a BTech in Industrial Engineering. I have two energetic boys with my spouse, Curtis, to whom I have been married to for 7 years. In my spare time, I like to work on my acting craft at the Joburg Theatre and spend time with my charity organisations, which is Saving The Boy Child and The Hand Of God Foundation.

 

 

 

Thando MbokaziThando

I am Thando Mbokazi. I am 41 years old and live in Mexico City, Mexico. I am from Durban, KwaZulu Natal. I have the following qualifications, Diploma in Public Relations and Events, Diploma in Office Administration, Diploma in Office Technology, Diploma in Project Management and Diploma in Media Studies. I am currently doing my second year in Bachelor of Arts with the University of South Africa. My currently title is Madamme Ambassador, which involves playing a supportive role to Ambassador DT Dlomo, fundraising and promoting South Africa globally.  I have eight step kids with my spouse, Ambassador Dennis Thokozani Dlomo, to whom I have been married for 10 months. In my spare time, I like taking walks in Golden mile in Durban and going to the gym.

 

TshegoTshego Dludla

I am Tshego Dludla. I am 35 years old and I live in Midrand, Gauteng. I have a B-Tech in Electrical Engineering and worked as a Technologist for 10 years. I am currently an Entrepreneur, running a robotics and coding academy. I have 3 kids with my spouse, Sihle Dludla, to whom I have been married for 9 years. In my spare time, I like to blog ang vlog about the challenges of motherhood and overcoming mum guilt. I also give of my time to NPO,s such as The Tshala Foundation where I teach robotics and coding to underprivileged children, as well as Literacy 4 life. Family time is also very important to me. I am adventurous and make sure that I live life to the full.

 

TumiTumi Msimang

I am Tumi Msimang. I am 30 years old and reside in Randburg, Johannesburg. I am a qualified Clinical Associate and a Lecturer at one of the top Medical Schools in South Africa. I am passionate about women’s health and aim to empower, educate and inform women on all things health. I am the mother of one beautiful and boisterous boy, with my spouse Sanele, to whom I have been married for two years. I spend my spare time with people that mean the most to me; experiencing new restaurants and food or binge-watching all the latest medical and crime series. I believe that no two days are the same and so I strive to be the very best version of myself, in all that I do, whilst positively impacting all the people around me.

 

ZazaZaza Letsholo

I am Zaza Letsholo. I am 39 years old and live in KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga. I am an emerging Farmer, dealing with livestock and cropping. I am also an entrepreneur and an Independent Car Sales Executive, with over 10 years’ experience. I have 2 kids with my spouse, Ottob Letsholo, to whom I have been married for 10 years. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my kids at the orphanage that I run. 

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