Lalela Mswane has been crowned Miss South Africa 2021 during the competition’s finale at the Grand West Casino in Cape Town.

She beat nine other finalists from around the country to clinch the title. The 24-year-old from KwaSokhulu near Richards Bay KwaZulu-Natal.

She is a model and dancer that also holds a Bachelor of Law qualification from the University of Pretoria.

The arena roared with excited and ululations as Mswane was crowned Miss SA 2021.

The event was hosted at the GrandWest Sun Arena in the mother city, Cape Town. Amongst the Top 3 finalists were also Moratwe Masima, a medical doctor from Sandton, currently conducting her internship at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, as well as Zimi Mabunzi, a final year law student who will also be representing South Africa at the world’s most prestigious pageants.

Lalela stated that she would love to use the platform to shine the light on issues of unemployment and its eradication.

“As Miss South Africa, 2021 I want to use the platform to not only shine light on this issue, unemployment, but also seek solutions to help its reduction. It is time that we picked ourselves up, we embraced our futures and created our own tables as opposed to waiting for the allocation of seats. Mine is to focus on unemployment and economic empowerment of our youth. Let us empower our youth, so they can secure their economic futures.”

The 24-year-old who hails from KZN, holds a degree in law and is also a passionate dancer.

The newly-crowned Miss SA will be taking home prizes estimated at R4 million, which include a cash lumpsum of R1 million.

The runners up will be taking home a lump sum of R175 000 each.

Wonderful performances were rendered on stage from the amazing sounds of Zakes Bantwini as the contestants walked on stage in their ravishing swimwear, followed by the astounding voice of Joyous Celebration vocalist, Ntokozo Mbambo backed by internationally acclaimed “Ndlovu Youth Choir”.

Amongst distinguished guests was Miss Universe 1976, Margaret Garner, Miss South Africa 1994, Basetsana Khumalo, while Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray was a backstage presenter alongside Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi. – By Ziyanda Yono