Miss SA workshops :: Day 1

by Sarah Hellings on

Today the Miss South Africa semi-finals kicked off with all 34 girls arriving at Sun International head office from all over the country. The semi-finalists got their first taste of living in the limelight with Cap Events capturing all the action on camera which will be shown on Mzansi Magic in the five weeks leading up to the crowning of the new Miss South Africa on the 12 December.

Juan-Marc Cilliers, Corli Whitaker and Joseph from Avis

Juan-Marc Cilliers, Corli Whitaker and Joseph from Avis

Avis whisked the girls away in luxury to Sun City Resort where day one of the workshops commenced. A welcome lunch was held at the Sun Terrace, Sun City Hotel before heading to the Eagle Room situated in the Entertainment Centre. Wendy Futcher gave a heart-warming welcome to the girls and outlined what the Miss South Africa pageant looks for in the girls as well as what is expected of the winner.

Tatum Keshwa, Miss South Africa 2008, enlightened the semi-finalists about ‘Life as Miss South Africa’. Tatum provided some invaluable insight into how one’s life changes with the title. Being Miss South Africa is not all about ‘glitz and glam’; it is hard work as you are chosen to serve your country. The previous Miss South Africa highlighted the importance of being surrounded by a wonderful team of people that form your support system. The sponsors also form an integral role in this system by providing you with a platform to do the best job possible. The pageant “awakens a sense of responsibility” said Tatum, and it is the winners’ duty to make sure that this sense of responsibility is used to its fullest potential.

In 1992, Amy Kleinhans was crowned Miss South Africa and she was on hand to leave the semi-finalists with some inspirational thoughts about the Role of Miss South Africa. Amy coined the collective noun for the participants as “a following of Miss SA’s” describing the pageant as a family of women that will always share this common bond. It is important that finalists always be real, discerning and never compromise themselves in anything that they do – Amy shared some special stories that brought all of her advice to life.

Current Miss South Africa Nicole Flint’s father, Ian Flint, gave some excellent advice around communication, with particular focus on public speaking and making sure that one represents oneself in the best light. Ian gave some insight into the type of situations that Nicole has dealt with over the year of her reign with regards to speaking in public and how important it is to have someone to turn to for advice in high profile situations. 

Cap Event crew filming the Miss SA semi-finalists

Cap Event crew filming the Miss SA semi-finalists

Finally, Fiona Ramsey gave a workshop on elocution. Fiona entertained the semi-finalists with her many accents and got the girls involved in some exercises to improve the way in which they communicate with others. The girls will definitely be putting their best voice forward by the time the finals take place.

Day one of the workshops proved to be most insightful and even those that do not make it into the top twelve finalists will take away some valuable lessons. The day ended with a dinner at the beautiful Crocodile Lounge.

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