The first phase of the public voting opens at 00:01 on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, and runs until Friday, January 13, 2017 at 23:59:59. During phase one, the Semi-Finalist who receives the most public votes will automatically become one of the Top 12 Miss South Africa 2017 Finalists.
The voting will be done exclusively via SMS. The Top 26 Semi-Finalists will be showcased with photographs on all relevant digital platforms (the Miss South Africa website www.misssa.co.za; the Miss South Africa section of the Cell C website www.cellc.co.za/cellc/miss-sa and the Cellc.mobi content platform http://cellc.mobi.
When users click on a Semi-Finalist’s image, they will see a short biography and be given the Semi-Finalist’s unique number which has been allocated to her based on the alphabetical order of her first name. The public can then SMS the number of their favourite Top 26 Semi-Finalist to the short code number 45791.
A member of the public may vote for more than one of the Top 26 Semi-Finalists and is allowed a maximum of fifty (50) votes per Semi-Finalist during the competition period.
The competition is open to all active mobile network customers across all mobile networks.
Each SMS will cost R1.50. Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund. Cell C and Miss South Africa believes in the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through education. The Cell C Girl Child Bursary Fund in partnership with Tomorrow Trust provides tertiary education and training for qualifying girl learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Voters must be 18 (eighteen) years or older, or assisted by a parent or guardian and accept the terms and conditions applicable to the competition. Grant Thornton will be auditing the results.
Up for grabs are double tickets to attend the live Miss South Africa pageant at Sun City for 10 lucky voters.
The Miss South Africa 2017 Semi-Finalists are (in alphabetical order with their unique key numbers):
Adè van Heerden – Herold’s Bay, Western Cape
Boipelo Mabe – Alexandra, Gauteng
Callie-Jo Bouman – Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape
Chante Holloway – Atlantis, Western Cape
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters – Sedgefield, Western Cape
Devoney Crossman – Greenstone, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Iman Mkwanazi – Lenasia, Gauteng
Jessica Tovey – Randparkridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Kayla Malherbe – Mtunzini, Kwa Zulu Natal
Keipeile Dintoe – Saulsville, Pretoria, Gauteng
Lou-Marie Taljaard – Bellville, Cape Town, Western Cape
Michelle Kruger – Witbank, Mpumalanga
Milanie Cilliers – Mokopane, Limpopo
Nicole van Niekerk – Môregloed, Pretoria, Gauteng
Nompumelelo Mampholo – Diepkloof, Soweto, Gauteng
Ntombikayise Msimango – Springs, Gauteng
Odirile Sepeng – Mabopane, Pretoria, Gauteng
Olin-Shae de la Cruz – Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape
Priyeshka Lutchman – Yellowwood Park, Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal
Saskia Wagner – Honeydew, Gauteng
Shané Naidoo – Benoni, Gauteng
Shelbe Pretorius – Pinehaven, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
Shenai Bridglall – Port Shepstone, Kwa Zulu Natal
Tshegofatso Monggae – Dobsonville, Soweto, Gauteng
Yuta Raubenheimer – Kameeldrift, Pretoria, Gauteng
Zozibini Tunzi – East London/Tsolo, Eastern Cape
The second round of public voting is scheduled to open in February 2017 when the Top 12 Miss SA 2017 Finalists are announced. The public will then be voting for their favourite Finalist. The public’s SMS votes will have a 25 percent weighting of the overall voting towards the winner, with 75 percent resting with the official judges. Prizes include five double VIP tickets to the Miss SA Pageant (including accommodation at Sun City).
The Miss South Africa Pageant is a proud collaboration between Sun International and Cell C. Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1-million in cash from Sun International and Cell C as well as a bouquet of prizes that will elevate the competition to one of the richest pageants in the world.