October 18, 2021

Lalela Mswane Crowned Miss SA 2021

The new Miss South Africa has been crowned, and she’s on a mission to make a difference during her tenure.

Lalela Mswane, a 24-year-old LLB graduate from Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, beat out 10 other finalists to win the prestigious pageant, which took place at Cape Town’s Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino on Saturday, 16 October.

Minutes after being crowned, Mswane gushed about her win in an interview.

She said: “I really wasn’t expecting it, which is why I started crying… for me, this is genuinely just the cherry on top. I don’t even know where to start. My heart is filled with so much gratitude. I’m so appreciative. Thank you.”

In another interview, Mswane highlighted her stance, that being youth unemployment: “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 [it] is the source of many of the social ills so prevalent in South Africa.”

She added: “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.”

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