2020 might be the year to mostly forget, but M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) will be adding a little razzle-dazzle glitz and glamour to viewers’ lives as the year winds down on Saturday, 24 October. The channels will simultaneously broadcast the 2020 Miss South Africa pageant straight to your TV screens or on the DStv app if you’re streaming to a device, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. Because it’s going to be literally overflowing with beauty.

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Universal star guest

Yip, Miss Universe herself, Zozibini Tunzi, will be in Cape Town for the two-hour live event, but she won’t be there to hand over the Miss SA tiara. She’s one of the judges, and because she won Miss Universe in December 2019, she had to pass over her crown to Sasha-Lee Laurel Oliver.

Knowing what it takes to get to the top, Zozibini has some advice for the 10 finalists before they step before her and her co-judges: “There are different aspects to look out for. But I am mostly looking for someone with raw authenticity and sincerity about who they are. I am not looking for perfection or moral purity. Someone who has a voice and an aura about her that makes almost everyone feel at ease when they come in contact with her because she will be engaging with a lot of people in the year.”

The winner, whoever she may be, is also getting a special word from the reigning Miss Universe. “You are going to create the most beautiful memories and touch a lot of lives. Never take that lightly or for granted. It’s a blessing. There are sometimes when things will get really hard, and when that happens, I want you to remember why you started. It will get you through the craziest days. You are going to be incredible,” says Zozibini.

Host with the most

It takes a strong woman to be Miss SA and an equally strong presenter to announce her to the world. The Miss SA 2020 live gala event will be hosted by US-based Nomzamo Mbatha, who’s flown in for the event. You’ll remember her as Thandeka Zungu in Mzansi Magic’s hit telenovela Isibaya, but more than that she’s a United Nations Eminent High-Level Champion on Gender Equality and has delivered speeches at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“What the pageant has done in being a reflection of beauty, depth and power, not only for South Africa women but women all over the word, is something I truly admire,” says the host. “Set your intentions, let your light shine, and know that your superpower is being your truest self.”

Watch the Miss SA 2020 pageant on Saturday, 24 October on M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) at 17:00

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