MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in Limpopo Nakedi Kekana has congratulated Miss South Africa, Ndavi Nokeri as she ventures into the Miss Universe ultimate pageant. The Miss Universe pagent takes place in a weeks time in the United States of America.

Miss South Africa, Ndavi Nokeri hails from Tzaneen in Limpopo. She will represent South Africa at the 71st Miss Universe Pageant on 14 January. It will be held in New Orleans.

The 23 year-old Nokeri is the third winner of the Miss SA pageant from Limpopo. She follows Shudufhadzo Musida who was crowned in 2020, the first having been Bokang Montjane Tshabalala who was crowned in 2010.


“You go girl, you can only wear that crown once. Just remember the little girls you left at your village in Tzaneen, that young girl in Soweto, KwaZulu Natal, Mahikeng, Cape Flats, the Free State, the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and everywhere else in South Africa. Just walk with confidence and remember those girls,” said MEC Nakedi Kekana.

Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri during Limpopo homecoming
Miss South Africa Ndavi Nokeri during Limpopo homecoming

Ndavi Nokeri received a heroine welcome in August 2022 immediately after her crowning. 

The Limpopo Provincial government led by Premier Chupu Mathabatha, his MECs also welcomed her at gala breakfast, a street parade around Polokwane and Tzaneen.

“We are more likely to welcome Miss Universe around February here in Limpopo again. We are aware by then she will be representing the entire Universe. That’s what we will be waiting for, because we are part of the global world’, says MEC Nakedi Kekana.


Nokeri has thanked the country for its ‘love and support’ as she prepares for the Pageant.

“Hello South Africa, I am finally on my way to Miss Universe. I am so excited, thank you so much for all your love and all your support. I can feel you guys with me, I can’t wait to take you along for the journey,” said Nokeri.

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