12 November 2018
Matapa Maila Rikhotso, 33 years old, from Polokwane in Limpopo, walked away with the crown of Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa during an electric production at Emperors Palace in the City Of Ekurhuleni.
Featuring top SA talented South Africa designers, female Deejay pioneer, Dj Zintle and Katlego Maboe as the MC of the night, the production truly portrayed modern women owning their power.
Matapa is married to Douglas Rikhotso for three years and they have been blessed with a 4 year old daughter, Rifuwo. She works in Category Management. Passing matric seemed like an impossible task for Matapa because of her disadvantaged background but today she is a graduate 4 times over! Her organization “Matapa and friends” keeps a girl child in school.
Enolicia Strever (30) from Welkom in the Free State was crowned first princess and Jo-Ann Barnwell (37) from Cape Town was crowned second princess.
Matapa said winning Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa showed her that nothing was impossible and that you are not a product of your circumstance. She will be representing South Africa at the Mrs World Pageant in China during March of 2019.
By winning the coveted title, Matapa becomes an ambassador for SABC 3, the City of Ekurhuleni, the Women 4 Women movement and other sponsors of the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa Pageant.
She also wins prizes from the following sponsors and brands: Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa is proudly sponsored by: SABC 3, Tammy Taylor Nails South Africa, Emperors Palace, City Of Ekurhuleni, Renewal Institute, Lamelle Research Laboratories, Suzuki South Africa, Body 20 Studio, Detangled Hair, Wella Professionals, System Professional, Mpact Recycling, Contempo Fashion, Batsumi Travel, Brentoni Eyewear, Grande Roche, Catrice Cosmetics, Caribbean Tan, Nomination Italy and Thandar Inc.
The Mrs South Africa organization and their finalists, raised over R900 000 for the Women 4 Women Foundation established by Cindy Nell-Roberts. These funds will be utilized to empower disadvantaged women and girls through various projects lead by the finalists and title holders themselves.
Matapa says she’s excited to be working her sponsors in order to empowering and educating women across the country.