"A barefoot child in the rain" kind of lady is how Kgothatso Sefike describes herself.
After being crowned Miss Campus NWU: Potchefstroom in August 2019, Kgothatso automatically qualified for the Miss South Africa Campus 2020 competition, which she won on 5 November 2020. She now qualifies for the 2021 World Miss University pageant.
Beauty and brains
Kgothatso completed her BSc degree in consumer sciences and business management in 2017 and is currently in her second year of studying for a BSc in urban and regional planning on the Potchefstroom Campus. Clearly, there is more to her than meets the eye.
Born in a village in Pretoria called Madidi, she lives in Johannesburg and studies online.
How it all started
Kgothatso says it all started in 2017 when she entered the Miss Varsity Cup competition.
“A friend nominated me and I thought nothing of it at the time, until I made it through the series of interviews and was eventually crowned second princess.”
This year’s competition
As a result of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Miss SA Campus pageant took place virtually. Contestants were required to submit entry videos, after which video interviews and judging sessions took place.
The competition started in September and the first, second and final rounds took place in October. The winners were then announced on 5 November.
“The moment I realised which doors the Miss SA Campus pageant could open and how many people I could help, I decided that I wanted to further my modelling career and now I have the great pleasure of representing the entire country at World Miss University.”
What a blessing
Kgothatso thanks God for this incredible blessing and is also very grateful to the organisers of the Mr and Miss South Africa Campus competitions, as well as her friends and family.
“I am a proud granny’s and mommy's girl and I can truly say that without their support I would never have achieved half the things I have,” she says.
“I am my amazing mother’s only child and we are truly two peas in a pod,” she adds.
“We have shared and continue to share so much in life. My time in Potchefstroom has been very intriguing for my mother, as she has seen me grow from a shy little girl into the woman I am today.”
Excited about the journey ahead
“I honestly don't think winning the competition has sunk in yet, mainly because I am still at home, continuing with online learning. I think once I am back on campus and surrounded by my fellow students, it will become real.”
She says that she is humbled by what the title brings, especially representing the country at the 31st annual World Miss University pageant. “Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exact place and date of this event will be communicated later,” she adds.
Kgothatso’s longer term goal is to become the next NWU alumna to win the Miss Universe title, following in the footsteps of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters who won it in 2017.
Careerwise, she sees herself in five years’ time as a registered urban and regional planner and owner of her own company.
Keeping Kgothatso busy
Kgothatso loves cars and all things having an engine. She is also a major sports fan.
“There is no better feeling than watching and cheering at a Varsity Cup rugby game on a Monday night, or simply basking in the sun at the cricket oval on a Saturday afternoon,” she says.
She also designs and makes clothes in her spare time.
Her favourite quote is “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”, and with the many talents she possesses, there is no doubt she will go far.
Kgothatso is crowned
Kgothatso Sefike, our Miss Campus NWU: Potchefstroom of 2019, was recently crowned Miss South Africa Campus.
This year’s Miss South Africa Campus is a down-to-earth beauty and what’s more: she is one of our own.
Kgothatso, our Miss Campus NWU: Potchefstroom 2019 and now the reigning Miss South Africa Campus, completed her BSc degree in consumer sciences and business management in 2017. She is currently in her second year of studying for a BSc in urban and regional planning on the Potchefstroom Campus.