Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016 in Johannesburg on March 19th.
Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.
She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”
The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.
Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.
TV personality Sophie Ndaba and writer Kojo Bafoe were part of the panel of judges. Kunene is expected to compete in the next edition of Miss Universe or Miss World, whichever comes first.