Cape Town – The Miss South Africa organisation has announced that married women and mothers will now be allowed to compete in the beauty pageant.
The announcement was made following the crowning of new Miss SA Ndavi Nokeri, 23, on Saturday at SunBet Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.
The decision came after the Miss Universe announced that it would be allowing married women and mothers to compete.
“During the pageant it was announced that, following the recent announcement by Miss Universe to change its rules to allow mothers and married women to compete in the pageant, Miss South Africa will also change its rules to allow this,” said the organisation in a statement.
Although the criteria has changed, the age limit has not.
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According to the Daily Sun, women entering the pegeant must be at least 20 years old and under the age of 28.
The new Miss SA, Ndavi, holds a BCom Investment Management degree from the University of Pretoria and works for an asset management firm.
She was the fan-favourite after she cracked the top five as the only contestant voted by the public into the coveted spot.
Ndavi walked away with R3 million in prizes, including R1 million in cash from the Miss SA Organisation and the use of a luxury apartment at the posh Waterfall City in Midrand during the year of her reign.
Picture: Twitter/ @Official_MissSA
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo