Unemployment to be focus area for new Miss SA

17 October 2021 - 18:45
Lalela Mswane, newly crowned Miss SA, at a press conference on Sunday.
Lalela Mswane, newly crowned Miss SA, at a press conference on Sunday.
Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

New Miss SA Lalela Mswane, 24, said on Sunday she will start the conversation about unemployment among the youth and seek meaningful solutions to this problem.

Mswane, from KwaSokhulu near Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, began her reign as Miss SA with a busy schedule including a press conference with the two runners-up, Moratwe Masima and Zimi Mabunzi, a day after the glitzy gala event.

“During the journey towards this title, I made unemployment the cornerstone of all the causes I care for because it not only affects our youth but is the source of many of the social ills so prevalent in South Africa.

“It is now my duty as Miss SA to ensure that I start the conversation about unemployment amongst our youth and seek meaningful solutions which will have long-lasting effects towards its rebate,” Mswane said.

Mswane said she was not expecting the win.

“I really wasn't expecting it, which is why I started crying [when I was crowned]. I was so shocked because I was already so fulfilled and blessed to have made top three. So, for me, taking the title is genuinely just the cherry on top,” Mswane said.

She said her role was now to encourage, to inspire, to give hope and to continue to work and build onto the legacies of Miss SA’s past.

Runners-up Moratwe Masima, left, a qualified doctor from Midrand in Gauteng, and BCom Law degree student Zimi Mabunzi, right, from eQonce (King William’s Town) in the Eastern Cape, flank the new Miss SA, Lalela Mswane, a law graduate, model and dancer.
Runners-up Moratwe Masima, left, a qualified doctor from Midrand in Gauteng, and BCom Law degree student Zimi Mabunzi, right, from eQonce (King William’s Town) in the Eastern Cape, flank the new Miss SA, Lalela Mswane, a law graduate, model and dancer.
Image: Yolanda van der Stoep

“I intend to live by every word I have expressed and to serve, lead and represent our beautiful nation to the best of my abilities,” Mswane said.

All the Miss SA's top three will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants.

Previously, the Miss SA Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational.

It will only be revealed at a later date which contestant will go to which pageant.

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