Miss Earth South Africa 2023 is Zabelo Hlabisa

Zabelo Hlabisa bested nine other finalists to win Miss Earth South Africa 2023 in a ceremony held on Saturday, September 9 at Sandton Southern Sun in Johannesburg.

The 29-year-old entrepreneur and international multi-award-winning model from Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal will now represent South Africa at Miss Earth 2023 in Vietnam this December. She succeeds last year's winner Ziphozethu Sithebe.

Belinde Schreuder, Duduzile Mbobo, and Zama Mbatha were announced as the runners-up and were awarded the title Miss Air, Miss Water, and Miss Fire, respectively.

Overjoyed from winning her national title, the new Miss Earth South Africa shared on social media: "Guys please tell me I'm dreaming. Am I even supposed to say something at this point? If YES, what do I say?"

No stranger to pageantry, Zabelo previously held the title Miss Heritage South Africa and went on to participate in the Miss Heritage Global 2022 pageant in Limpopo where she finished as the second runner-up.

Road to the 23rd Miss Earth:

Photos: Miss Earth South Africa, Zabelo Hlabisa / Instagram


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