At the start of each year, we like to take a step back and reflect on the year that was. This last year gave us great pause and has forced us all to think about the role of women in today’s society and the challenges that they continue to face.

As our reigning Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, said “Let girls take up space” and we are proud to say that Miss Mamelodi Sundowns exists to celebrate women and is a stepping stone for our future leaders, mentors and role models.

Established in 2009, the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns pageant aims to discover and empower women in South Africa. Our aim is to encourage positive values that help build homes, businesses and communities.

Each year the Miss Mamelodi Sundowns team travels across the country, searching for women who capture everything we look for in Miss Mamelodi Sundowns. Our reigning Miss Mamelodi Sundowns undertakes the enormous task to further the agenda of women’s rights and equality, the commitment to inspire women and raise awareness of the needs of our communities. With or with out the crown she represents the Mamelodi Sundowns family and community

It has been said that swimming against the current, women have had to speak louder to get their voices heard. In a social, political and economical landscape where women are still underrepresented, now is the time for women to continue to speak up and speak out. To the strong and fierce women who have made it here today, we say to you — as role models in your communities, it is your job to make your voice be heard and your actions felt where ever you may go.

This year, our theme was Golden Queen, a more than fitting theme as ever women is a queen in her own right. Women should be celebrated, admired and revered. Our Miss Mamelodi Sundowns will embody this theme in her own way.

This year, our winner, Kadija Makhanya was crowned Miss Mamelodi Sundowns 2020 in front of the fully packed Gallagher Convention Centre in a star-studded affair.The Kwa-Zulu Natal native beat out stiff competition from 17 other contestants to take home the crown.

In its 9th year, the event has become a real red carpet affair that saw performances from AKA, Kwesta and DJ Maphorisa – not to mention a star-studded judging panel which included Bonang Matheba, Riky Rick and Stephanie Weil.

Those lucky enough to have tickets got to rub shoulder with the Brazilian superstars as the majority of the Sundowns first team was in attendance.

The newly crowned queen drove home in her new Hyundai i20 along with a cheque for R250 000 and is excited to cheer on the team:

“I am looking forward to cheering on the team with the Brazilian faithful in the coming weeks”

The First Princess was awarded a cheque of R175 000 and the Second Princess walked away with R150 000.

Congratulations to all of our contestants, you have worked so hard to get here. This is the beginning of a new chapter and always remember the sky is the limit.