The Judges

The Top 50 entries are determined by public voting.
The Top 10 including the winner are determined by public voting (80%) and by the judging panel (20%).

Kia Johnson

TV and Radio Presenter

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When I became a Mom the way I viewed who I was and the way I saw the world changed dramatically. I always perceived myself to be a humble person but my children taught me the deepest most unconditional humility and love and it was then that I realised I’m not only a Mother to my children but I’m a Mother to all children…”

Kia Johnson is a TV and Radio Presenter with a background in B.Comm Business Management…

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As Co-Host on the morning breakfast show Planet Haaibo on SABC Radio 2000 weekday mornings, she brings you her infectious laughter, engaging conversation and witty comments to spice up your day.

Kia has presented and produced her own show on Radio 2000, Saturday Night Live, which showcased local, international musicians and artists such as Nick Holder, Spiritchaser, Toya De Lazy and many more. This show also included DJ beats getting you ready for the weekend.

Kia is also a Lifestyle Reporter for the station and has interviewed International Chef Gordon Ramsay, Pastry Extraordinare Eric Lanlard, Funnyman John Cleese, WWE’s Justin Gabriel and many SA Government, local and international persona’s.

She is bilingual and her previous TV presenting includes Take5, Expresso and Susters.  Quite recently she completed her first season of Life with KJ aired on Deen TV, Openview HD. This show was aimed at uplifting community taking a look at those who, despite their own struggles, manage to improve the lives of others who are disadvantaged.

She’s also your eye in the sky and keeps you calm, collected and rage free on the roads. You will hear her as the soothing face from time to time bringing you updated traffic news on MetroFM and SAFM broadcasting to millions on these national platforms.

Kia is a Goodwill Ambassador for the NGO, Hope Cape Town. The Donor Relations Manager, Mr Fahim Docrat has said, “We are very excited to have Kia on board and are confident that she can support our efforts to bring hope to those affected and infected by HIV/Aids and TB. Kia’s presence will raise awareness about the challenges we still face here in South Africa and the need to double our efforts to ensure the necessary medication, support and programmes reach those in need.” In the true essence of Women’s Month Kia has recently embarked on a donations charity drive campaign for this NGO which has already received some amazing public interaction and response. Kia’s other chosen CSI is Tygerberg Children’s Hospital.

She believes in a healthy body and mind and is currently an Ambassador for Muaythai and the Muaythai Fitness Centre, Dragon Power, as well as Eco Warrior hosting and initiating many environmental projects.

Recent MC work:
CESA Engineering Awards Ceremony 2015
Sekunjalo Investment Group’s Lifetime Achievement Awards
City of Cape Town’s Safety & Security Awards Ceremony
Le Kap Lifestyle Fair
The Good Housekeeping Mag
The Bridal Fair 2014
The International Jazz Fest
Mama Magic Baby Expo

Kia is also a Voiceover Artist, Lifestyle Model and a Writer.

Lisa Raleigh

Media Personality and Wellness Expert

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“Motherhood is both the most daunting and most satisfying experience in the world. I have Googled, read and researched endless information on looking after my little one, yet Bella has been the one to teach me everything I need to know. Each baby is so unique that no prior knowledge can really prepare you for them! I am always mesmerized by Bella’s little nuances – her giggles, moods and expressions that let me know she is an actual little being with her own personality. 

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My hopes for the competition are to find that unique little soul with a real sparkle in their eyes. I’m looking for a big personality, lovely interaction with others and of course lots of smiles!”

Lisa is a self-motivated entrepreneur with a huge passion for health and wellness…

Now approaching 15 years in the wellness industry, Lisa started a more public career as the blue team trainer back on SA’s The Biggest Loser and wellness consultant on SABC 3’s daily morning show, Expresso. She writes frequently for magazines, newspapers and online platforms, and published a bestseller titled No Fries on Us in 2011, co-written with Darren Scott.

More recently, she founded the LIVERIGHT FOUNDATION, an NGO which has provided healthy free street fairs to the needier wards of JHB and is in negotiations for further fairs. At the moment, Lisa has just completed the 6th season of well i am, an online challenge which supports and incentivises healthy transformations with big cash prizes. On the production side, Lisa’s first self-produced show, 101 Exercises to Try Before you Die was the first of many launched early in 2014, which aired on TRACE Sports Stars on DSTV across more than 100 countries.

Her latest passion project, Mumentoes is an online hub of content dedicated to helping pregnant women and parents improve their health and lifestyle. With over 100, 000 social media followers and thousands of blog views monthly, Mumentoes is growing rapidly, certainly filling a gap in the parenthood market. Lisa’s roots in the wellness industry lie in face-to-face consultations, with local celebs and individuals looking to improve their health long-term. She is an ambassador for multiple fitness and wellness brands and regularly hosts wellness seminars, such as her recent 5th season with the Miss South Africa Finalists. The Lisa Raleigh team specialises in wellness and parenthood related content creation, with a dedicated in-house team. We offer a bespoke service to our clients, from copywriting, photography, videography and graphic design to project management and digital marketing. Lisa is currently writing her second book, The Belly Book, which is due to be launched early 2018. This year, healthy nutrition and fitness programmes will be released, namely the Elimin8 Programme and Lisa’s Body Back Programme. Lisa graced the cover of Living & Loving magazine in December and is on the cover of April’s edition of Essentials magazine. She has a lot of television work lined up for 2017 including a 28-week campaign on The Expresso Show launching in April.

Siv Ngesi

Actor and Comedian

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“Family has always had a major impact on my life and career – It has never been a secret that my mother is one of the most significant influencers in that respect and I hold her in the highest regard.” says Siv.

“I just hope that I am able to find a kid that reminds me of the joyous and carefree moments that only the youth can experience and appreciate fully.”

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Spurred on by a hunger for success, Sivuyile “Siv” Ngesi is one of SA’s most dynamic actors and comedians in the South African entertainment scene, and with good reason…It isn’t a far cry to find Ngesi immersed in several different spheres of the performing arts at one time, as he showcases his talents across a number of platforms in order to achieve the success he has always dreamed of, no wonder he was voted Mail and Guardian most influential young South African.

At the age of nine Siv toured Asia with Les Miserables in the coveted role of Gavroshe. Since then he has landed roles in films such as World Unseen, Zeenon Z3 , Schweitzer , Invictus and Long Walk To Freedom. He first made a name for himself in the popular SABC 1 television programmer Khululeka, The Adventures of Sinbad, Double Shift and Interrogation Room. Siv was also one of the leads in M-Net’s League Of Glory. He also appeared on Mzanzi Magic’s S.I.E.S and the international series Strike Back. His best credit to date must be his scenes with Keifer Sutherland in the hit American TV series, 24.

Siv’s theatre experience includes top class productions such as Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Island , Butlers and Brandy and more recently his stand-up comedy show Dekaf, and the very controversial Race Card that was sold out on it’s national tour.. Siv performs to expats all around the world and with his very South African flavor of humor , he makes many want to book a ticket back home to SA .

In 2014 Siv captivated audiences with his smile and dance moves in the 7th Season of Strictly Come Dancing which aired on SABC3 and can be seen presenting a tv show on ETV called Skywin.

Apart from being an established actor & comedian, Siv has also been in demand on the corporate circuit as MC and Entertainer, and has seen his career skyrocket as both local and international acting offers have come his way.

Donné le Grange

Director at ICE Genetics, ICE Artistes and ICE Kids

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Director, Donné Le Grange, successfully owned and managed Muse Management for 3 years before her strong reputation with both models and local clients grabbed the attention of Steffi Freier and James Kelly, who invited her to open and run the Genetics division as a partner in April 2011.

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ICE Genetics is the Local Model and Talent division of ICE Model Management.

We at ICE, through our research and experience, have noticed that there is a substantial segment of the market that has switched their focus from imposing traditional, strict modelling requirements to seeking more commercially viable models and talent.
As leaders in our industry, ICE endeavours to cater for all our clients model and talent needs, hence the creation of ICE Genetics.

Our various boards offer Models, Lifestyle Talent, Plus Size/Curves Models and Celebrity Management; all of which are professionally trained and geared for work within the photographic and television markets.

Ryan Botha

Ex Pro Footballer, Entrepreneur and Model

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“Family is the foundation you build your life on” says Ryan. “I hope the winning child has all the attributes to lead the new generation away from the easy pleasures of life.”

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Ryan went to Manchester United on trial and was invited back after matric. On returning to Manchester he couldn’t get a work permit and returned home and signed for Supersport United at 18 years of age. He signed for Wits at the age of 19. Ryan signed for FC Tervarit in Finnish first division at age 20 after 6 months got signed by FC Mypa for 2 years in Finnish Premier league. During this time he was voted player of month in league August 2002 and in the same season scored 10 goals and 6 assists in 24 games.

Ryan played 6 UEFA cup games and received 5 U23 SA Olympic qualifier caps and scored 2 goals.

In 2003 Ryan moved to FC Inter in Finnish Premier league and 8 months into his 3 year contract got bought by FC Denizlispor in Turkish premier league. He returned back to FC Inter after 2 year lay off from the game because of a knee injury, then signed for ENP in Cyprus premier league.

Ryan returned to South Africa and signed for Thanda Royal before the World Cup. After 8 months he signed a 2 year contract with Moroka Swallows. In his first season he won goal of the season in the PSL.

Ryan signed for Platinum Stars for 3 years.

Ryan appeared on Mens Health cover twice, appeared in Womens Health, cover of Joburg Mag, been in Heat, People, You for Mr Price, FHM, GQ for jeep apparel.

He has also been in Heat hot 100 list last 3 years, Cosmopolitan calender 2008, Cosmopolitan hot 100 in 2008, GQ top 10 best dressed men 2008 and Flash top 5 hottest footballers.

Laurette Batstone

Mrs South Africa 2010, Business Woman, Model

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“Being a mother is everything I hoped for, my children are 9 and 11 and all it takes is for them to cup my face in their little hands and they have their mommy in the weakest spot she can ever be! I’m worried that the delight and joy I get seeing these cute, beautiful children -that I have to now judge- will leave me wanting a hundred more children! (make sure my hubby doesn’t read this!)”

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During her reign as Mrs South Africa 2010 Laurette Batstone enjoyed an intriguing and exciting year in which she was featured in national magazines such as SHAPE, Top Billing, Woman & Home and modelled for the likes of Jenna Clifford and graced the Michel Herbelin brand as celebrity ambassador.

Laurette represented South Africa at Mrs World 2011 in Florida and has since continued in philanthropy for women and animals around the country. Her daily life involves being a proud wife, mother of 2 and working as the Advertising Manager at The North Coast Courier.