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
- Caroline van Niekerk (Northern Transvaal)
- Janet Sanderson (Eastern Province)
- Moira Downie (Southern Transvaal)
- Peggy van der Merwe (South West Africa)
- Sharon Barker (Natal)
- Shelley Latham (Western Province)
- Theresa Rood (Orange Free State)
|2nd princess||Theresa Rood|
(Orange Free State)
|Carolien van Niekerk|
|1st princess||Janet Sanderson|
|Miss South Africa||Shelley Latham|
|Stephanie Elizabeth Reinecke|
- beauty pageant: Miss World
- edition: 23rd
- venue: Royal Albert Hall, London, England, United Kingdom
- date: November 23, 1973
- candidates: 54
Miss South Africa 1973
|22||Miss World 1973 |
Miss Africa South 1973
|17||Miss World 1973|
Categories: Africa, South Africa
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