Ndavi Nokeri was named Miss South Africa 2022 this weekend at a glittering ceremony in Pretoria.
Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu, from India, hosted a local event at the show, as she walked in a bright orange, fitted gown with a cape designed by South African fashion designer Gert-Johan Coetzee who turned head on the red carpet.
Videos of Sandhu at the event flooded social media, with thousands of likes, especially one in which he said: “namaste, South Africa”.
Nokeri, 23, is from Tzaneen in Limpopo and is an investment management graduate. Miss South Africa 2021 Lalela Mswane was there to crown her champion at the event, which took place at the SunBet Arena Time Square.
In the question and answer part of the show, Nokeri was asked what is the most important part of maintaining unity in South Africa, and he replied: “To know where you are going, you need to know where you came from. Being a country. coming from the history of past racial differences, we know that when we are divided, we are at our weakest.
“So as Miss South Africa, I will appeal to us to stand together and embrace all cultures, genders, races and sexualities because in our diversity we are strong.”
Ayanda Thabethe from Maritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal was the runner-up on the night.
Miss Universe beauty queens are crowned all over the world this season, ahead of the global competition. The date and location for this year’s pageant is expected to be revealed in a few weeks.
The next national pageant will be held in Iceland on August 24. In that region, Miss Universe Bahrain will be crowned on August 26.
Earlier this month, the Miss Universe pageant made history by implementing one of the biggest legal changes in its 70-year history, by accepting married women and mothers.
In an internal memo seen by CountryThe organization said that the new changes will come into effect from the 72nd page, which will take place next year.
The preliminary rounds for the 71st Miss Universe have already taken place. More than 35 countries, from the UK to Ukraine and Guatemala to Ghana, have named their representatives, with many more to be announced in the summer months.
Update: August 15, 2022, 6:54 AM