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All female team leads Miss South Africa pageant and reality TV series

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For the first time in its 64-year-history, an all-female team is organising, producing and directing the live Miss South Africa pageant and overseeing its debut offshoot reality television series Crown Chasers.

This is particularly pertinent considering the ethos of the Miss South Africa pageant and that the crowning takes place in Women’s Month in August.

The infusion of girl power has dramatically changed the way decisions are made, and the way things are run. Female empowerment, diversity, realising potential, compassion, purpose, sound mental and physical health and advocacy are part of the new look Miss South Africa Organisation.

 

Edward Chamberlain-Bell Miss South Africa 2022

 

At the helm is Miss South Africa CEO, Stephanie Weil – renowned for her conceptualisation and revolutionary reimagining of the big pageant picture. This year, the organisation appointed Black Swan Media and their all-female-led creative team as the producers and directors of the glittering finale which will be held on August 13 at Sun International’s flagship venue, SunBet Arena at Time Square Pretoria.

Stephanie Weil | Miss South Africa CEO

 

We were surprised, when we looked at the past, that there has never been an all-women team in charge of putting on the pageant that is aired live on television. This year, everything about the pageant has a different look and feel. For the first time in the pageant history, I appointed a reality crew to follow the Top 10 on their journey to the finale and record behind-the-scenes moments. The result makes for really engrossing viewing.

Echoing her sentiments is Relebogile Mabotja, Black Swan Media Executive Producer and the live Miss South Africa 2022 live pageant producer: “Leading a team of women is just so exciting. Miss South Africa has never had a young black woman as an executive producer and series producer on two of their properties simultaneously. Nor have they had women in the roles of show director, technical director and content director, with women on the crew doing art, sound and digitising.”

She said it was scary that in 2022 this was something to celebrate because this should have always been the case: “I made a conscious decision years ago to open doors and break glass ceilings for others. What a full circle moment it is for me; I’m so proud.

 

“When I was eight-years-old, my parents took me – all dolled up – to watch Miss South Africa. It was so beautiful, the era of Jacqui Mofokeng. It became a thing we attended as a family. Fast forward three decades and I can proudly say I am the producer and executive producer of the show I watched as a little girl. So dreams are not only fulfilled on stage. They are also fulfilled quietly behind the scenes. Now isn’t that something!”

Relebogile Mabotja | Black Swan Media Executive Producer

 

An experienced television producer with a successful history of working in the music industry as a musical director and composer and working as a live stage performer, Mabotja is an award-winning radio host and television personality, having produced and directed some of South Africa’s top television shows.

Responsible for both the pageant finale and overseeing the reality show is one of South Africa’s most respected media bosses – with more than 15 years in the live, large-scale live-to-air production and filmmaking industries, having worked on events such as the SAFTAs, SAMAs, Glo CAF Awards – creative director Azania Muendane.

Muendane described the new addition Crown Chasers as a “moment by moment reality show at its core” adding that she wanted to show how hard the finalists work, pushing through mental and physical barriers to remain ahead of their game.

She said she had not made “different decisions: as a woman but had learnt it’s not easy to be a Miss South Africa finalist.

“I take my hat off to any young woman who wants to take on such a mammoth role, it is a non-stop role with great opportunity for growth that requires unwavering commitment from all the finalists and the ultimate winner.”

From a women empowerment perspective, Muendane said the Miss South Africa Organisation delivers an ambassador to the world and that she saw her job in the production as being “to lift her higher”.

“I was genuinely shocked to hear that I was the first female creative director on a Miss South Africa pageant in its entire history. That I am a black female is also a special moment for me. I’ve always wanted to be part of the team producing Miss South Africa so this is definitely a bucket list moment. I will ensure that the winner is presented to the world in the grandest fashion.”

About Crown Chasers Muendane said: “Viewers should look forward to meeting the real personalities before seeing the finalists on stage at the pageant.”

For the main show, she said elements will be added that had never been seen before at a pageant: “We are making it very relatable with epic performances. The show will show that the finalists are as resilient as they are stunning.”

The Miss South Africa team includes Weil, COO Schané Fouché, Miss South Africa manager, Nhlanhla Shezi, head of legal Lisa Shein, accounts manager Lorean Shoniwa, PR specialist Janine Greenleaf Walker, writer Charmain Naidoo and Kopano Tsengiwe and Melissa Janse van Rensburg doing social media.

The only man on the Miss South Africa Organisation team, style and fashion guru Werner Wessels said: “It’s wonderful to work in this female environment where everyone’s opinion counts; where excellence is the goal. There are no egos; just women working together towards the best possible outcome.”

 

Watch the Miss South Africa reality series Crown Chasers!

Experience the highs and lows of pursuing the Miss South Africa crown

The unmissable Crown Chasers starts Thursday

 

The journey to being crowned Miss South Africa is not an easy one and, until now, has only been experienced by those competing for the title.

This is set to change with the launch of the highly-anticipated 10-part reality series Crown Chasers which debuts at 18h30 today on the Miss South Africa app.

Transparency is a basic requirement of a reality show! In a first of its kind in South Africa, Crown Chasers lets viewers follow the ups, the downs, the fears, the tears, the tantrums, the glamour, the laughs and the joy as the Top 10 edge their way closer to the moment when one of them will wear the coveted crown. 

Filmed throughout the build-up to the crowning of Miss South Africa 2022, the five- to eight-minute-long episodes follow the Top 10 contestants from the moment they are given the good news that they have made it to the finals, to the live pageant event which takes place at the SunBet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria on Saturday August 13.

If you’ve been curious about what goes on during pageant-prep and if you’ve ever wondered what the Top 10 gets up to between being chosen and strutting their stuff on stage, this is your not-to-be-missed behind-the-scenes window. 

It’s the contestants as you’ve never seen them before. It’s raw and riveting viewing that holds no punches. Get your ringside seat as you watch the Top 10 go into battle to be the next queen.

Says Miss South Africa Organisation CEO Stephanie Weil: “Of course, we don’t want them to be mean or catty but it does happen. Each of these finalists has the dream and ambition to win the crown but there is only one winner. Everyone is fighting for it. The passion is palpable.”

The first episode of Crown Chasers airs free and exclusive on the Miss South Africa app this evening at 18h30. Thereafter the remaining nine episodes will be shown every Monday and Thursday at 18h30. 

The 10th and final episode of the series – which will be available to watch on August 15 – will celebrate the winner and her personal journey to becoming Miss South Africa.

The team behind Crown Chasers include executive producer Relebogile Mabotja and creative director Azania Muendane, both from Black Swan who will be filming the live pageant next month. As in previous years, it will also be broadcast live on DStv’s M-Net and Mzansi Magic and streamed for an international audience on the Miss South Africa app.

Miss South Africa 2022 will take home prizes and sponsorships worth more than R3 million. The Top 10 finalists competing for the crown are Anarzade Omar, Ayanda Thabethe, Itumeleng Parage, Keaoleboga Nkashe, Lebogang Mahlangu, Luvé Meyer, Luyanda Zuma, Ndavi Nokeri, Pearl Ntshehi and Tamsyn Jack.

Download the Miss South Africa App for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

Tickets for the pageant can be bought via the Miss South Africa app and website as well as from Ticketmaster. General access tickets cost from R250 to R450 while VIP tickets are R1,500 and include a glamorous red-carpet and pre-event celebration.

Miss South Africa 2022 will take home prizes and sponsorships worth more than R3 million. The Top 10 competing for the crown is: Anarzade Omar, Ayanda Thabethe, Itumeleng Parage, Keaoleboga Nkashe, Lebogang Mahlangu, Luvé Meyer, Luyanda Zuma, Ndavi Nokeri, Pearl Ntshehi and Tamsyn Jack.

Download the Miss South Africa App from the Apple App Store or Google Play store to watch Crown Chasers.

Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with M-Net, Mzansi Magic and Sun International.

Visit www.misssa.co.za.

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