Why do you want to be Miss South Africa and what do you think you will be able to bring to the role?
I want to able to connect with and inspire South African women and men, each Miss South Africa has inspired me in their own unique way and I believe as Miss South Africa 2018 that I would inspire South Africans in my own unique way. I want to leave people feeling uplifted.
What qualities do you believe a Miss South Africa should possess?
She should be confident, humble, passionate and relatable.
Who is a previous Miss South Africa who has inspired you and why?
Rolene Strauss is one of my favourite Miss South Africa’s; I admire her authentic nature and confidence.
Who are your role models/who has inspired you and why?
My role model is a combination of my mother and father with my mother’s kind heart, strong will and love for people, my father’s work ethic and strong mind.
Tell us a bit more about your family?
My father Thomas Bensch is a businessman. My mother, Marianne, is a qualified nurse although she is currently not practicing. I have three brothers – Jean (23) is a junior director at Propshaft Master while my twin brothers Tommy and Michael (18) are in matric.
What do you do in your spare time/hobbies etc?
I run my small online fashion and beauty store; I also enjoy park runs on a Saturday. I love spending time with family and friends.
What is your message to young girls and young women in South Africa?
Stop doubting yourself because you are worthy and, if you put your heart and soul into something, you can achieve incredible things.
If you won the Miss South Africa crown and was able to meet one person, who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Anel Botha, I have such a love and appreciation for fashion design and styling. I truly admire the way she makes every woman look, I can just imagine how confident each woman feels when she wears an Anel Botha Design.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I grew up with older Sesotho ladies in my life and they gave me a Sesotho name when I was a baby girl, my Sesotho name is Mathabo. I am lucky enough to still have some of these ladies in my life today and they still refer to me as Mathabo whenever we are together. It’s something really special to me and will always be close to my heart.
What are you reading?
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
What music are you listening to?
I enjoy most genres of music; my favourite is ‘80s music. It always puts me in a great mood.
Your favourite TV shows?
Currently I am enjoying Suits.
Your favourite meal?
I must admit I love pizza.
What is your favourite quote?
I use this quote almost every day “Everything happens for a reason”, so don’t regret anything because the storm will pass and might leave you with an amazing rainbow.
Anything else you would like to add?
I have a national diploma in clothing manufacturing technology.