Dr. Thato Mosehle (25) from Klerksdorp in the North West, scooped the first runner up title at the Miss SA 2020 pageant finale. The glitzy ceremony was hosted by Coming 2 America actress Nomzamo Mbatha on Saturday evening, at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, and although she did not scoop the first spot Dr. Thato is ready to fulfill her duties.
Shudufhadzo Musida, who hails from Limpopo was crowned Miss SA 2020 and her second runner up is Natasha Joubert (23), from Pretoria, Gauteng. All three will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants. Previously, the Miss South Africa Organisation has sent a representative to both Miss Universe and Miss World, but will also now be fielding a candidate to Miss Supranational. It will only be revealed at a later date which contestant will go to which pageant.
ZAlebs caught up with Dr. Thato at a press briefing hosted by the Miss SA organization in Cape Town, and she said empowering one another with opportunities, to build a society full of generous people is close to her heart.
“For me, my message will still be the same but, I think the organization has a responsibility to refine our messages in a more amplified and powerful way. My message is one of giving people opportunities I am who I am because people gave me opportunities,” echoed Dr Thato.
“South Africa is a resilient country and our history speaks for itself that we have overcome so many things and this is one of the giants we will also overcome. I think the message that we got from each other is to stick together because we are all experiencing pain and if you see that someone is in need just lend a helping hand because people think I am not going to help everyone but that one makes a difference so for me it is about quality, not quantity,”she states.
Dr. Thato is a medical Doctor, currently completing her internship at the Klerksdorp-Tshepong Hospital complex. The model obtained her MBCHB degree at the University of the Free State in 2018 and aims to become an anaesthesiologist one day.
The 25-year-old has received R250 000 in cash for being the first runner up. Dr. Thato reckons that Miss SA is not only about beauty, but it is about changing the mindset of several people and building a society full of empowered people.
“It is important for men to start dealing with a world full of empowered women. Gender-Based Violence is on the rise because certain men feel insecure, they have mental issues they are still dealing with, platforms like this open up for men to change for women to do great things and take up space and highly influence,” she says.
Having been inspired by former Miss SA Marilyn Ramos, who also comes from the Klerk, Dr. Thato is no stranger to beauty pageants. The model has won Miss Environment (Campus pageant) 2018 and she was also Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 1st Princess (National Pageant).
During her speech at the pageant finale, Thato said “My accolades alone will never make me worthy of this crown, I am proud of them but I understand that they are a direct result of me being exposed to certain opportunities, which is why I believe in the power of matching up opportunities to God-given potential as your next Miss South Africa, I will be the bridge that narrows the gap between opportunities and our given potential,” she said.
Dr. Thato is set to take over the duties of Miss South Africa should the need arise.
Congratulations to her.