Twelve of the country's most beautiful women are preparing to fight it out at the Sun City Superbowl for the coveted title of Miss South Africa 2012.
The winner will take the 2012 crown on Sunday night and prizes valued at over R1-million, which includes holiday packages, spa treatments, a new Volvo C30 2.0 and a full bursary to study a three-year degree or diploma of her choice at Varsity College.
Miss South Africa 2011 runner-up Remona Moodley will be crowning the new queen as the current title-holder, Melinda Bam, is in the US for the Miss Universe competition.
The show will be hosted by former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss, TV presenter and former Miss South Africa contestant Bridget Masinga Khanti and Channel O video jockey Lungile Radu.
Miss South Africa 2012's crown was sponsored and created by designer Gideon.
"The crown has a very distinctive art deco style and is made with filigree silver and Swarovski crystals. It's a fitting crown for a beauty queen – very old worldly and timeless," said Gideon. The acclaimed designer has also made similar crowns for the first and second princesses.
Red carpets and tables were laid out on Sunday afternoon for the pageant's expected 650 guests, who will be entertained by the Bala Brothers, Jacques Terre'Blanche, Zakes Bantwini and Toya DeLazy.
The road to Miss South Africa 2012 was documented on a reality show aired on Mzanzi Magic, which will also be broadcasting the pageant live on DSTV Channel 161 at 5.30pm.
This year's judging panel comprises former Miss South Africa and principal judge Sonia Raciti-Oshry, Cape Talk and Talk Radio 702 talk show host Kieno Kammies, Metro FM sports anchor and TV presenter Robert Marawa, radio presenter Anele Mdoda and actress Sonia Sedibe..