Top Billing meets Mrs SA 2019 Matapa Maila Rikhotso
When you grow up in poverty, simply graduating from high school can feel like an impossible task, but if you’re Matapa Rikhotso, our new Mrs South Africa, if you dream big, nothing is impossible!
There was an amazing group of twenty five finalists contending for the crown of Tammy Taylor Mrs South Africa 2019. Many of them are young businesswomen and professionals balancing successful careers and young families, like mother of four, entrepreneur and First Princess Gela Le Roux, who thinks the pageant is all about embodying the spirit of women in South Africa and being yourself.
This year’s finalists raised a significant amount to empower disadvantaged women and previous Miss SA and principal judge Cindy Nell-Roberts said she was proud to be involved in finding the new, strong all rounder who is passionate about making a difference to the country.
Last year’s winner set the bar really high and mother of two, functional medicine pharmacist, model, speaker and guest house owner, Nicole Capper, says the key is to be yourself and follow your soul as you make a difference.
Moving beyond her humble beginnings in rural Limpopo, where she would have to wake up at 1am to fetch water, it was the stunning Matapa Rikhotso who most impressed the judges and took the title, and the crown, home.
Jonathan caught up with the winner at home after she had time to celebrate her victory - which included a new car and a license to start a nail-bar franchise.
While relaxing in her stunning home, Matapa shared with Jonathan that she had actually been a runner up in Ms SA twice, before, but felt that Mrs SA was meant to be.
This is only the beginning though, and the new winner could be crowned Mrs. World next year March in China. With the two stunning dresses that have been designed for her by local designer to the stars Orapeleng Modutle, her chances are good!
It's not all about pageants for Matapa though, her family is a core pillar in her life. Her husband Mister Rikhotso is a businessman trading in oil and metals, while their adorable four year-old Rifuwo is the light of their lives.
Once Mrs. Rikhotso’s year of reign is done, the plan is to grow the family, and their business, and to keep making the most of every day.