The highly anticipated Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa Pageant ended on Friday with the crowning of Matapa Maila Rikhotso as the queen.
Rikhotso (33) from Polokwane in Limpopo, oozed with confidence in the question segment and her flawless response impressed the judges at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni.
Enolicia Strever (30) from Welkom in the Free State was crowned first princess and Jo-Ann Barnwell (37), a former Durban North resident was crowned second princess.
Matapa said winning the crown proved that nothing is impossible and girls and women must live their dreams. She will represent South Africa at the Mrs World Pageant in China in March.
In winning the coveted title, Matapa becomes an ambassador for SABC 3, the city of Ekurhuleni, Women 4 Women movement and other sponsors of the pageant. She also walked away with prizes valued at over R1 million. That includes a Suzuki Vitara.
The finalists raised over R900 000 for the Women 4 Women Foundation established by former Miss South Africa, Cindy Nell-Roberts. The funds will be utilized to empower disadvantaged women and girls via various projects led by the finalists.