Gauteng-born Natasha Joubert was crowned Miss South Africa 2023 at the official pageant at Sun Bet Arena at Time Squares Menlyn, Tshwane on Sunday. She takes over the crown from Limpopo-born Ndavi Nokeri who was crowned Miss South Africa in 2022.
Joubert is a former Miss South Africa runner-up in 2020 and went on to represent South Africa at the Miss Universe in 2021. She was trying her luck for the second time this year as new rules to enter the pageant were introduced earlier this year.
Bryoni Govender from Gauteng was crowned first runner-up while Nande Mabala from the Western Cape was crowned second runner-up.
She receives prizes and sponsorships worth more than R3 million. The 25-year-old is a BCom Marketing Management graduate from Tshwane in Gauteng. She is also the owner and fashion designer of Natalia Jefferys, a company she started when she was 19-years-old.
“It feels surreal being back and being granted a second chance! I know this is a testimony I need to share and an incredible message. ‘You’re never a product of your circumstances, you’re a product of your choices.’ I felt incredible when I walked out of my interview knowing I wore my heart on my sleeve,” she said.
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“I want to fully take on these new challenges. Grow and evolve even more as a woman, but at the same time let go and enjoy every second. Our group of finalists is fierce! I will be forever grateful for this second chance!”
The overall Top 7 Miss SA finalists who were competing for the crown are Anke Rothmann, Bryoni Govender, Homba Mazaleni, Jordan van der Vyver, Melissa Nayimuli, Nande Mabala, and Joubert.