The reigning Miss South Africa, Ndavi Nokeri, has been described as a "hot favourite" in social media polls as the 71st Miss Universe competition arrives.
On Sunday, January 15, in the United States, the Miss Universe pageant will be held. On Monday, January 16, at three o'clock, the show will be live-broadcast on 1Magic (DStv 103) After the event, Indian Harnaaz Sandhu will formally name her successor.
Miss Universe Predictions recognised Nokeri as "one of the front-runners" and "a hot favourite among Miss Universe fans and followers," according to a statement by the Miss South Africa organisation.
Nokeri, who is in New Orleans where the pageant is being held, says it has been amazing meeting and getting to know her other competitors. She also says that her preparations are on track and that she is working hard.
The former Miss SA and Miss Universe 2019 added that she embraced Zozibini Tunzi's advise to be confident and true to herself.
In addition to Tunzi, Demi-Leigh Tebow, a former Miss South Africa, was named Miss Universe in 2017, Tamaryn Green-Nxumalo, the first runner-up, was named in 2018, and Lalela Mswane, the second runner-up, was named in 2021.
In a press release, she states that she is grateful for all of South Africa's tremendous support. "When I step onto the Miss Universe stage, I will be carrying the flag high, and I am determined to give it my all, just as I did when I entered the Miss South Africa competition," she said.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and entertainment writer Zuri Hall serve as backstage correspondents for the 71st edition of the pageant, which is hosted by TV host and fashionista Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo.