Miss Supranational South Africa 2023 is Ayanda Thabethe

Miss South Africa 2022 first runner-up Ayanda Thabethe has been officially announced on Tuesday, February 28 as Miss Supranational South Africa 2023.

The 23-year-old entrepreneur and model hails from Pietermaritzburg and is pursuing a degree in dietetics and human nutrition from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Her campaign "Project Khulisa" aims to improve the future of all South Africans through nutritional intervention and innovation by mobilizing food solutions through initiatives such as community vegetable gardens, food parcels, and education about diet.

“After visiting a KZN orphanage, I was surprised at how little consideration is taken by those preparing and funding the meals into providing the children with nutrient-dense meals as most of their meals are supplied by their schools during the day," she wrote on social media.

"I hope to transform the standard of food given to children in schools under the National School Nutrition Programme as well as start a much-needed conversation about following a healthy diet and the importance of it. I’ll be getting my hands dirty starting up these gardens while also posting short videos on all aspects of healthy living from the do’s and don’ts to practical examples," she added.

Prior to getting appointed the new Miss Supranational South Africa, Ayanda was proclaimed as the first runner-up at Miss South Africa 2022 pageant last August in Pretoria. The winner, Ndavi Nokeri, went to Miss Universe 2022 last January in New Orleans and placed in the Top 16.

Ayanda will now prepare to represent South Africa at Miss Supranational 2023 in Poland this July and will try to achieve a back-to-back win after Lalela Mswane's historic win on the international stage last year.

Photo: Miss South Africa

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