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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters arrives back in South Africa this week for the first time since being crowned Miss Universe.

The public is urged to bring posters, banners, South African flags and vuvuzelas to give her a proudly South African welcome at OR Tambo International Airport, International Arrivals terminal, on Wednesday (January 24) at 07h45.

She will be met by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Susan Shabangu, Minister of Women in the Presidency. Also welcoming her home will be her parents – Bennie and Elzabé Peters and Anne-Mari and Johan Steenkamp – joined by representatives from Cell C and Sun International on behalf of the Miss South Africa Organisation. There will also be performances by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the first Miss Universe to come out of South Africa since 1978, and the very first in the democratic dispensation and she deserves a rousing welcome from all South Africans.

The Miss Universe Organisation organisers, in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture , Department of Women, Sun International, Cell C, Lead South Africa, Airports Company South Africa, OR Tambo International Airport, Airlink and Nissan invite the public to be a part of this historical moment, and call on the media to rally members of the public to ensure a deserved heroines' welcome for Nel-Peters.

“Let us celebrate this great victory for our nation. Nel-Peters, a graduate in business management, has hoisted the South African flag high and undoubtedly she will keep on representing the country well and add a voice to the emancipation of women at home and across the globe,” said Minister Shabangu.

About the Miss Universe Organisation

The Miss Universe Organisation (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realise their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.  MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful”. The MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA®, and MISS TEEN USA® programmes provide the 10,000 women who participate annually with an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. The Miss Universe Organisation is an Endeavor company. To learn more, visit www.missuniverse.com .

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Issued by Ninesquared Communications and Events on behalf of Sun International and Cell C. For more information, please contact Stephanie Weil at stephanie@ninesquared.co.za

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