Ntandoyenkosi Kunene (Supplied)
Johannesburg - An ecstatic Ntandoyenkosi Kunene was crowned Miss South Africa at a glitzy ceremony held at Carnival City in Johannesburg on Saturday night.
Tayla Skye Robinson, who walked away as the winner in the swimsuit section was crowned second princess on the night. She has landed a magazine cover as well as a cash prize. Elizabeth Malopo was crowned first princess in the 58th annual beauty pageant.
The 23-year-old Miss South Africa is from Mpumalanga and was a firm crowd favourite on the night of the competition. In a video posted on the official Miss SA Instagram account, Ntandoyenkosi speaks for the first time as the new Miss SA. "I am so excited! I don't know what to do with myself right now," she says.
For the first time, there were two elimination rounds in the competition. The first round eliminated four contestants, bringing the contenders down to 8. The second round saw the top 8 reduced to the top 5.
As Miss South Africa 2016, Ntando will walk away with more than R2m in prizes, including a Nissan Duke, a 7 night international holiday and cash. Event organisers say the prize value makes the pageant one of the richest beauty competitions in the world.