Anele Returns As Miss SA Judge

The judges for the 2020 pageant have been announced

By  | Sep 23, 2020, 04:10 PM  | Anele Mdoda  | Top of The

For the third time, radio and TV personality Anele Mdoda has returned to the Miss SA judging panel.

Anele for the first round of the 2020 pageant judging will be joined by Miss SA winners Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala (2010), Liesl Laurie (2015) and Adè van Heerden (2017).

The was part of the judging panel that crowned Zozibini Tunzi in 2019 and as well as Rolene Strauss in 2014 but she isn't pressured to find another international title winner, both queens won international titles.

"It's never about the judges; it is the belief the young women have in themselves. We just serve as a springboard; the crown finds the contestant whilst she is looking for it," she says.  Has what she looks for in a candidate changed over the years? "I have always looked for authenticity and a strong sense of self," says Anele.

“I have always looked for authenticity and a strong sense of self. You can see it almost immediately when you meet a contestant.

“Zozi walked in and shook all our hands, with a little dip as she greeted, manners from home. It’s who she is – solid and authentic – and she remained like that from the beginning and through all the rounds until she took both crowns.

“When you are authentic, you do not need to remember who you said you are.”
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The judges have their work cut out for them as this year a record number of entries have been received, more than 2500.

The four judges will be cutting the number of entries down to 35 and then virtual interview round will be held.

As to what the judges will be looking for Anele says, “We are not looking for the next Zozi. We want the first you. Be true to yourself.”

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