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Top 25 finalists

Meet the Mrs South Africa top 25 finalists for 2018

Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa Charity Ball and Top 25 finalists Announcement release.

Johannesburg, 29 June 2018

A star studded red carpet kicked off the Tammy Taylor  Mrs. South Africa Charity Ball dinner in aid of Women4Women held at Emperors Palace in the City of Ekurhuleni.

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.

Mrs SA 2018 Top 25

Hosted by the sensational Pabi Moloi, the guests were entertained with music by proudly South African all-girl group instruemntalists, the Muses as well as an incredible fashion show powered by Contempo Retail.

It was an important occasion on the Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa calendar too, as the top 100 semi-finalists, announced four 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 Vusi Zwane, Hlengiwe Twala, Leanne Dlamini, Chris Jaftha, Mel Viljoen 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.

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Abigail

 
 I am Abigail Leola. I am 30years old from Hartbeespoort in the North West. I am married to Tshenolo Leola for 6 years and together we have a 2 year old son, Kaone.  I am an owner and managing director of a business consulting company and sit on 2 other boards as a non-executive director. I run a charity drive called “Empower A Girl Child”. I love the outdoors and in my spare time I horse ride. I am a modern woman “living in color” because I live my passion, I push boundaries and I create my own destiny.

Adele


 
My name is Adele Koolen. I am 37 years old and reside in Fourways, Johannesburg.  This year I celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary with the love of my life, Johan.   I have a BSc (Physiotherapy) and a MSc (Med) from WITS university. I practiced physiotherapy for 15 years, and after a hand injury stepped out of my comfort zone and opened a Brow and Lash Studio.  I am the founder of the #IAmEnoughZA campaign and also assist with “Surgeons For Little Lives” charity.  I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I believe that I am not defined by my circumstances. 

Amber Denae

I am Amber Denae Wright. I am 25 years old and born and raised in Johannesburg, but living in Green Point, Cape Town with my wonderful husband Nicholas.  I am an Interior Designer and have a postgraduate degree in Accountancy. I’m passionate about inspiring confidence in women and in my free time I love to be with my family. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I am both a girly girl, tomboy and adrenaline junkie wrapped into one. I don’t fit into a box and I’m determined to show that there is no single mould for the modern women.

Babalwa


 
I am Babalwa Zibi. I am 39 years old from Centurion.I am married to Songezo Zibi and we are blessed with 3 children. I am the MD of Sobanako Consulting and owner of Johari Hair and beauty salon. I work with “Baby Moses” sanctuary and give love to those who need it most. I enjoy being pampered with a facial, body scrub followed by a good body massage.I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I create job opportunities for others; lead projects while holding it down at home as a homemaker.

Brunhilde


 
I am Brunhilde Olivier. I am 31 years old from Hazeldean , Pretoria. I am happily married to Len Olivier, for 8 years and together we have 2 beautiful kids, a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I am proud business owner and have two degrees in Communications and Journalism. I run a organization called “Beautiful Like Me”, a teenage girl empowerment movement that focuses on anti bullying and cyber bullying. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I believe in my ability to succeed. I wake up with purpose and intent. I am passionate, committed, resilient and compassionate.

Charlene


 
I am Charlene Venter. I am 40 years old, and I live in Kuils River, Cape Town. I am married to my best friend, David, for 16 years. We have two children, Abigail and Daniel.  I am an Occupational therapist and entrepreneur owning a Occupational therapy Private practice and two early childhood development centres. My NPO, We Care Foundation, endeavours to improve the lives of less privileged children.
I am a modern woman living in colour because I strive to brighten and shed light on the people I surround myself with.  In return, their lights reflect back onto me, brightening up my life.

Enolicia


 
I am Enolicia Strever. I am 30 and originally from Welkom, Free State. I am married to Albe Strever for 4 fantastic years and we have two handsome boys, 5 year old Ayden and 2 year old Ethan. I am a Senior IT Project Manager and have an honours degree in Business Management. I work with Altus Sport, a programme that motivates the youth through Sport. I absolutely love running. I am a modern woman living in colour because I believe if you are good to others, good things will follow you.

Jani


 
I am Jani Cronjé, 26, and from Ermelo. I’m married to my adventurous husband, Petri, for 4 years. I’ll be completing my law degree this November, and I’ve already obtained my B Com-Law. I’m an Image and Makeup –Conslultant. In this way, I help teach women how to release their greatness, through their appearance. I work incollaboration on women-empowering-projects like “The-Sewing-Ladies”. Therefore, I am a modern women “living in full colour” because I am a women for women, who lifts and builds women, a women of chastity, who wants to see other women succeed.

Jessica


 
My name is Jessica Pieters, I turned 33 in May. I live in Koster, North West.
I’m married to Dewald Pieters and we have two boys.  Our eldest son, Dewald is 9 years old, and our youngest son, Arlo is 3 years old.  I work with my husband on our farm and together we help the farmers in our community with their crops.
I recently started my own foundation called XOXO foundation.
I am a modern woman “living in colour” because even though I had a difficult past I made my dreams the future and decided to stay positive in life.

Jo-Ann


 
My name is Jo-Ann Barnwell, I am 37 years old. I am from Durban and married to Steven Barnwell. We have a 3 year old son, Jordan. Being the owner of a 5 star restaurant had inspired me to become a chef. I am slso a National SA ballroom dancer. I am currently the Ambassador for SubzPads & Project Dignity charities. I like exercising and dining. I always aim to be the best version of myself and give the best of who I am
“I am a modern woman living in color”

Kaylan Hamel


 
I am Kaylan Hamel Bartlett and I am 31 years old from Greenstone, Johannesburg. I have been married to Allen for 4 years. I am a Mineral Resource Geologist completing my second Masters Degree in Engineering at Wits with my first Masters  degree in Science from UCT. I enjoy mentoring young females both in the work place, alongside the Wits Internship programme as well as young dancers in the Irish dance community. I am a modern woman living in colour as I believe what you put into life, is what you get out. I choose to live in colour so that my life is then filled with colour.

Kirsten


 
My name is Kirsten Drew Woolf. I am 35 from Atholl, Johannesburg. I have a two-year-old daughter with Ran, my husband of four years. I have applied the skills acquired through my BSC degree and project management qualifications to establishing and running a successful business. I am driven by the need to see a just and equal society, which is why I champion women’s rights with UN Women. I am equally passionate about animal rights and am a patron for Woodrock Animal Rescue. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I refuse to let anything stop me. Telling me ‘no’ is the quickest way to encourage me to achieve the impossible.

Matapa


 
I am Matapa Maila Rikhotso, 33 years old,  from Polokwane in Limpopo. I am  married to Douglas Rikhotso for three years and we are blessed with a 4 year old daughter, Rifuwo. I work in Category Management. Passing matric seemed like an impossible task because of my disadvantaged background but today I am a graduate 4 times over! I work with my organisation “Matapa and Friends” to keep a girl child in school. I am a hopeless singer and I love it. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I am in my power now, despite my past.

Melissa


 
I am Melissa Charnley. I’m 32 years old from Constantia Kloof, Johannesburg and married to Dustin Charnley for 3 years. I work as a Commercial Fleet Specialist in the Corporate FML Sector and am Director at MNDC Consulting. I am Patron for Barnswallows Home for Abandoned Children with Special Needs, a foundation that takes care of vulnerable and abandoned children in need of specialized care. I enjoy a good workout at gym. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I showcase the diversity, enormous passion, compassion and stature of global African woman who wear their different crowns daily.

Natisha


 
I am Natisha Makka. I am 40 years old from Durban.. I have been married to Dale for 17 years and we have four children aged between 6 and 13. I have a background in pharmaceuticals and public relations but am currently involved with image consulting and women empowerment, which is an integral part of my outreach in the community. I am a modern woman “Living in Colour” because I strive to epitomise what a true South African woman is – a strong, relatable, modern woman whose heart beats compassion.

Nombina


 
I am Nombina Habangana, a 33 year old woman from Soweto living in Roodepoort, Johannesburg. Seven years of marriage to my king, Sam, and we have been blessed with two princes - Bushe 6 and Ludzi 2. I am a medical doctor, working as a medical advisor for a global pharmaceutical company. My passion for education has resulted in the establishment of my bursary fund “EducateHer” which aims to bridge the gap between aspiration and access for young underprivileged ladies.  I am a modern women “living in colour” because I break through boundaries and I am unstoppable!

Precious


 
I am Precious Ratselane. I am 38 years old and I live in Lombardy East, Johannesburg. I am married to a loving husband, Phenyo and we have 3 beautiful children. I work as a Financial Manager and also run my own consulting agency focussed on girls. In my spare time, I like to travel with my family to exotic islands. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because of my resilient nature. I believe it’s not the challenge that defines me, but my ability to rise above adversity and aim for the sky.

Sam


 
I am Sam Retief. I am 40 years and was raised in Eldorado Park. I am married to my varsity sweetheart, Dean Retief and we have two daughters.I am a BCom Law graduate.I am a co-founder of Ignite Ministries and own and manage multiple learning centers. My secret pleasures are retail therapy and traveling internationally. I am a modern woman living in colour because I affect change daily in the lives of others and require versatility to lead by example. Humility, kindness; diligence and charity are my virtues’.

Sharlene


 
I’m Sharlene Correia. I am from Benoni and I am thirty-nine years old. I’m happily married to Ricardo, with three wonderful children - Ricardo Junior (12), Gabriel (5)  and Rebekah (1) . I work for a business that provdes cash flow for SME’s. One of my roles in achieving this the women in business program. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education and love children as well as scuba diving.I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I believe in the beauty and strength of our rainbow nation -  where the unique contribution of all individuals impacts our society.

Sherry-Ann


 
Hi South Africa. My name is Sherry-Ann James. I am 32 years old from Fourways, Johannesburg.. I am married to my amazing husband, Leon and we have been blessed with two beautiful kids, Joshua (5) and Abigail (2). We are also the founding pastors of Royal Kingdom Ministries where I head up a young girl empowerment programme called “Girl Talk”. I am a Doula as well as a Wealth Administrator at a Bank. I am a modern woman “Living in Colour” because I believe that true love has the power to transform and change lives.

Storm


 
I am Storm Johnson, aged 29 and I hail from Cape Town. I am married to Matthew and together we have two beautiful boys Carter and Jordan aged 2 and 6. I have a commercial pilots licence and I also empower companies, in the construction industry, through my company called Leads 2 Business. We love surfing, fishing and flying! I am involved with terminally ill children - making their lives as beautiful as possible. I am a modern women “living in color” because I work in a  male dominated industry and ROCK it! I truly believe that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Tandi


 
I am Tandi Potgieter. I am 44 years old and from Johannesburg South. I am CEO of Icarus Media, Founder of Empowering YOU SA, wife to my soulmate Stephen and mother to 3 special boys. I am passionately involved with the Lerato Educational Centre, AReSebetseng Clean-up campaign,  #Boo!YouAreGoodEnough campaign,  and empowering women through #VersusApprentice, workshops and mentorship. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I embody family, entrepreneurship, community and changing lives. I embrace every opportunity. It’s never too late to achieve, don’t let fear and insecurities hold you back. Say yes to life!

Unetsie


 
I am the 38 year old Unetsie Steenberg-Botha from East London in the Eastern Cape.
I am  a Dietician in corporate sales, part time private practice and a business owner.
I am married to an awesome husband and have a beautiful 5yr old daughter.
In my free time i love spoiling my friends with my culinary skills otherwise I run and gym.
I see myself as a modern woman “living in color” because of my diversity. I am doing it all daily being a mom, wife, healthcare practitioner and entrepreneur!!!

Vuyo


 

I am Vuyo Maqubela, a 32 year old from East London. I am married to Duma Maqubela for 7 years now and we have two daughters, who are 12 and 8.

I am full time psychology student at the University of Fort Hare. I also a volunteer at Masithethe counselling services, a home that takes in abandoned infants that are then adopted into loving homes.
I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I am a God filled purpose woman.

Zaz


 
I am Zaz Molo and I’m 39 years old from Northcliff, Johannesburg. I am married to Zweli Molo for 9 years together we have 3 children 15 year old son Thami, 7yr old son Lwazi and 5yr old daughter Bulumko. I am IT Project Manager. I work with Bel- Zaz Foundation as a board member, a foundation that nurturers and empowers widows. I love reading in my free time. I am a modern woman “living in colour” because I live a purposeful life.

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