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Updated 29 November 2017

Meet the 2015 Miss Deaf SA title finalists

The 2015 Miss Deaf South Africa pageant takes place in October - here are the twelve gorgeous finalists that will be competing for the increasingly popular title.


Twelve beautiful finalists will compete for the 2015 Miss Deaf South Africa crown on Friday, 2nd of October 2015.  The winner will not only proudly be a voice for deaf society in South Africa but will also go on to compete on an international stage, representing South Africa at the Miss Deaf World pageant.

The gala event will be held at the Barnyard Theatre in Pretoria and will start at 18:30. There are a number of local artists performing including Sabelo Mthembu, Cordelia, Chane Valentine and Mariaan Kuyper. If you'd love tickets, you can get them online at

The Miss Deaf South Africa pageant has been in existence since 1997 and in 2000, it was officially founded as a non-profit organisation by Gert and Narda Els. The aim of the organisation is to provide "inspiration and opportunities to young Deaf women," according to their website.

"Miss Deaf South Africa must be an ambassador for her country, but most of all, she must be someone who can educate the hearing about the Deaf community and share with them the views of the Deaf community regarding so-called ‘disability’. She will deal with and improve issues such as unemployment, human rights, better communication, and proper training institutions for the Deaf."

The current Miss Deaf South Africa is beautiful redhead Elzane van der Bergh who began noticing symptoms of hearing loss at the age of 8. She now only has 3-5% hearing without her hearing aids. Elzane explains that she never imagined winning Miss Deaf South Africa.

Read: Meet the former Miss Deaf SA beauties

Miss Deaf SA finalists

This year's finalists are:

Xolisile Faku, 20 - Johannesburg

Janie Erasmus, 27 - Pretoria

Barbara Vakele, 29 - Daveyton

Mia le Roux, 19 - Oudtshoorn

Luzandre van der Berg, 19 - Cape Town

Ellen Mans, 21 - Worcester

Chanika Viljoen, 21 - Kempton Park

Tashie Khan, 20 - Johannesburg

Christi Greeff, 21 - Pretoria

Thulisile Nkomo, 22 - Randburg

Elrie du Toit, 23 - Bloemfontein

Anzunel Erasmus, 24 - Krugersdorp

Watch this video to see all the finalists and choose your favourite!

Read more:

Former Miss Deaf SA takes centre stage in Cape Town ballet

Miss Deaf SA 2009 - Vicki Fourie's story

Almost half of the staff at this Cape Town hotel are deaf


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Dr Kara Hoffman graduated from UCT in 2004, thereafter she completed her year of community service in Durban. In 2010 she completed her Masters Degree in Paediatric Aural Rehabilitation from UKZN. In 2016, she became a Doctor of Audiology through the University of Arizona (ATSU). Dr Hoffman and her partner Lauren Thompson opened a fully diagnostic audiology practice called Thompson & Hoffman Audiology Inc. In 2011 with world-class technology and equipment to be able to offer the broad public all hearing-related services including hearing testing for adults and babies, vestibular (balance) assessments and rehabilitation, industrial audiology, hearing devices, central auditory processing assessments for school-aged children, school screening, neonatal hearing screening programmes at Alberlito and Parklands Hospital, cochlear implants and other implantable devices, medicolegal assessments and advanced electroacoustic assessments of hearing. Thompson and Hoffman Audiology Inc. are based at Alberlito Hospital in Ballito, St Augustines Hospital in Durban and at 345 Essenwood Road, Musgrave. The practices are all wheelchair friendly. There are three audiologists that practice from Thompson & Hoffman – including Dr Kara Hoffman, Lauren Thompson & Minette Lister. The practice boasts professional, highly qualified, and extensive diagnostic services where all your hearing healthcare needs can be met. The additional licensing in vestibular assessment and rehabilitation, paediatric rehabilitation and cochlear implantation places this practice in one of the top specialist audiological positions in South Africa, with a wealth of experience in all clinical areas of audiology and is a very well respected and sought-after practice.

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