As it was reported, 25-year-old Zozibini Tunzi beat 14 other finalists and became the new Miss South Africa on Friday, August 9. Here are some facts about the 61st pageant winner and the first beauty ever to wear the new Buhle crown.
“For as long as I can remember, I always knew that I had to do something extraordinary with my life. I believe that every single person was brought into this world for a purpose and that we should never leave the world as we found it, we should always strive to make a positive change,” Tunzi from Tsolo, eSdwadweni, a small village in the Eastern Cape, said in her Miss SA acceptance speech. “At a young age, I did not have a clear idea of how I would achieve this, but I knew I had to find a way to be impactful and to be a catalyst for positive change in my community and even the world. Finally, everything has come full circle as I find myself with the Miss South Africa crown, ready to deliver on the promises I have been making since I was a child.”
She added that she chose to enter the contest with her natural hair in order to inspire people to be themselves at all times and to never compromise their identities.
A Public Relations graduate had her first go at the coveted title in 2017 but only made it to the semi-finals.
“I’m a different person now. Back then, I didn’t know myself that much but now I came back stronger with a bigger purpose,” she explained. “I am inspired by the likes of Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana and those of their calibre. They understood fully what it means to be selfless and to stand for something.”
Apart from R1 million in cash and R2 million worth of sponsorship, Tunzi is awarded with an apartment in Sandton and a Mercedes Benz cabriolet to use throughout her reign.