Miss South Africa 1970 results: Linda Meryl Collett crowns Jillian Elizabeth Jessup


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.

In 1970, South Africa started sending two candidates to Miss World, one white and one black. The white representative is Miss South Africa while the black representative holds the title Miss Africa South, which is sponsored by South African clothing company owner Harry Solarsh.

  • beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
  • edition: 15th
  • date: June 28, 1970
  • finalists: 6



  1. Dorothea Scott (Western Province)
  2. Ingrid Bownes (Northern Transvaal)
  3. Jackie Wilmot (Orange Free State)
  4. Jillian Elizabeth Jessup (Eastern Province)
  5. Natalie Burger (Southern Transvaal)
  6. Wendith Brink (Natal Province)



2nd princessDorothea Scott
(Western Province)
Jackie Sayer
1st princessWendith Brink
(Natal Province)
Diana Newman
Miss South AfricaJillian Elizabeth Jessup
(Eastern Province)
Linda Meryl Collett
(Natal Province)


  • beauty pageant: Miss World
  • edition: 20th
  • venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
  • date: November 20, 1970
  • candidates: 58
Jillian Elizabeth Jessup
Miss South Africa 1970
Eastern Province,
South Africa
20Miss World 1970
fourth runner-up
Pearl Gladys Jansen
Miss Africa South 1970
Cape Province,
South Africa
20Miss World 1970
first runner-up

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