South African Pictorial held Miss South Africa in 1923, which was won by Doris Gwendoline Heliwell with W. J. van Blommestein and Marjorie Elizabeth Cowley as the respective first and second princesses. In 1943, Susie Smuts became the second woman to hold the title.
However, it was Norma Vorster who won the first official Miss South Africa competition in 1956. It was open to white females only.
- beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
- edition: 4th
|2nd princess||Kitty Green||Debbie du Toit|
|1st princess||Sophie Pieters||Rosemary Whitlock|
|Miss South Africa||Moya Meaker|
|Penelope Anne Coelen|
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 9th
- venue: Lyceum Ballroom, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: November 10, 1959
- candidates: 37
|Moya Meaker||Cape Province, |
|18||Miss World 1959 |