Sophie Ndaba Replaced Bonang As Miss SA Judge

Well they are not selling it as a replacement but let's be real, Sun International and Cell C were not gonna take Bonang back after she ditched them, so her seat on the judging panel was open and Sophie Ndaba took it. 

Judging Miss South Africa 2016 kicked off on August 1 in the Ballroom at the Boardwalk, in Port Elizabeth, with a new celebrity judge Sophie Ndaba. This comes after the most notable celebrity judge last year Bonang Matheba had to pull out of the show after she was nominated for Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles. 

Bonang had been the big celebrity draw on the panel from 2014 and 2015 would have seen her return to add come celebrity power to the show in Sun City. At the time when she ditched Miss SA for the awards in LA, in a statement she said;
"It is unfortunate that I had to step down as Miss South Africa judge due to an urgent overseas work commitment".
On her new digs as a judge on Miss SA former Generations actress had this to say; 
"When asked by Cell C and Sun international if I’d be interested, I said: "Why are you asking?" They said they knew I love beauty and dressing up; I love women driven by passion. And most importantly, they know that I approve of the fact that Miss SA highlights beauty with a purpose. I’m perfect for this job. I can spot a young woman capable of making a difference from a mile away."
Asked whether she likes pageants and what other beauty pageants she follows, Ndaba said she loved pageants since she was a teenager. The actress claims to have "entered a fair number myself, mainly to boost my self-confidence'
"I was a very shy little girl. Later, of course, I moved into acting. I follow Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss SA – my favourite title-holders have been Anneline Kriel, Suzette Van Der Merwe, Jacqui Mofokeng, Peggy Sue Kumalo and Basetsana Kumalo. Just look at these amazing women and where being Miss SA has got them." she added.

Ndaba will next be at the Market Hall, at Grand West Casino and Entertainment World in Cape Town on August 15 for that second leg of the regional judging sessions.

The third regional judging session takes place in the Ballroom at The Maslow, in Sandton, on August 22 and 23. Joining Ndaba will be former Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar, and Kojo Baffoe.

Kojo Baffoe is a writer, poet, blogger, media consultant and producer and has been part of the final judging panel at Sun City on two previous occasions. He will be in the judging hot seat at the semi-finals in Johannesburg in October and also at the grand finale at next year’s pageant.

The final regional judging session takes place in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Imbizo, at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, on September 5.

The new Miss South Africa 2016 will be crowned at a glittering ceremony in March next year.

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