Miss South Africa 1973 results: Stephanie Elizabeth Reinecke crowns Shelley Latham in Johannesburg, Transvaal


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, a black woman called Miss Africa South and a white woman called Miss South Africa. South African clothing company owner Harry Solarsh sponsored Miss Africa South.

As Miss Africa South 1970, Pearl Gladys Jansen became the first black woman to represent South Africa in Miss World. She was runner-up to Miss World 1970 Jennifer Hosten of Grenada.

  • beauty pageant: Miss South Africa
  • edition: 18th
  • venue: Civic Theatre, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • date: July 28, 1973
  • finalists: 7



  1. Caroline van Niekerk (Northern Transvaal)
  2. Janet Sanderson (Eastern Province)
  3. Moira Downie (Southern Transvaal)
  4. Peggy van der Merwe (South West Africa)
  5. Sharon Barker (Natal)
  6. Shelley Latham (Western Province)
  7. Theresa Rood (Orange Free State)



2nd princessTheresa Rood
(Orange Free State)
Carolien van Niekerk
(Southern Transvaal)
1st princessJanet Sanderson
(Eastern Province)
Robin-Gail Hargreaves
(Western Province)
Miss South AfricaShelley Latham
(Western Province)
Stephanie Elizabeth Reinecke
(Natal Province)


  • beauty pageant: Miss World
  • edition: 23rd
  • venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
  • date: November 23, 1973
  • candidates: 54


Shelley Latham
Miss South Africa 1973
Western Province,
South Africa
22Miss World 1973
fourth runner-up
Ellen Peters
Miss Africa South 1973
Cape Province,
South Africa
17Miss World 1973
Top 15

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