Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters has been crowned the new Miss South Africa at Sun City and walks away with prizes worth R2 million.
This year’s event was different as it was the first time the public was able to vote for their top six favourites but the winner was chosen by the judges which included Olympic gold medallist Cameron van der Burgh.
The star-studded event was hosted by famed rapper Proverb and Tv Host/Actress Lalla Hirayama and attended by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and award winning singer Lira.
The new queen, Demi-Leigh, says she is determined to make a difference during her reign.“I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for everything. He has blessed me just as He promised when He said I know the plans I have for you.”
This was part of the acceptance speech of Demi-Leigh after she was crowned Miss South Africa 2017 at the glittering ceremony held in Sun City.
“As a young girl, I would watch the Miss South Africa competition wishing with all my heart that one day I, too, would be able to walk on that stage, just like those glamorous women I saw on television. Tonight that dream came true
“So, as I stand here tonight, I wear this crown not only for that little girl in front of the TV but for every little girl with a dream, every South African with a dream of a better life, for every single person with a wish of wanting to live as the highest, truest versions of themselves. I will continue to wear this crown for all of them throughout my reign.
“Tonight I stepped on that stage as Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; I now greet you as Miss South Africa 2017.”
The 21-year-old, who hails from Sedgefield in the southern Cape, could barely hold back the tears as Miss SA 2016, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, placed the coveted crown on her head. Nel-Peters is doing her final year in BCom Business Management.
Boipelo Mabe, who was one of the crowd favourites, was the second princess with the first princess going to Ade van Heerden.
Mabe, 23, hails from Alexandra in Joburg, and is a full-time Masters student, model and newsreader on Soweto TV, while 25-year-old Van Heerden is a medical doctor and second lieutenant in the South African Military Health Service. She is from the Western Cape.