Pretoria’s own, Lemé van der Walt can now add Mrs. South Africa Semi-finalist to her impressive resume as she joins the Class of 2023.
Since her debut in 2011 in the South African music industry, Lemé is a familiar face and is making a different return after 7 years. Releasing albums and touching hearts during her career years, Lemé ‘s love for music combined with her singing voice, reached more than 160 000 views on her music videos, and she proudly embraced her most downloaded song award for 2011. “I am passionate about life. I believe when life or situations knocks you down, your best defense is to get right back up, but that is not always easy,” says Lemé after being subjected to an armed home robbery that changed her life drastically in 2014.
Lemé van der Walt received the happy news on Friday, 03 February after the National Casting event at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg. Following the announcement, the semi-finalists took part in a jam-packed two-day conference filled with motivational talks, workshops, upskilling sessions, socialising and networking opportunities, and an introduction to the famous Mrs. SA sisterhood.
“Wow! I am speechless now! To be able to have this opportunity and to have so much love and support for my journey ahead! Thank you! ” said Lemé on her social media post on Saturday.
Mrs. South Africa is foremost a self-discovery and empowerment program that celebrates diversity, ambition, and confidence while showcasing some of the country’s most phenomenal and talented women and giving them the skills and tools needed to achieve their dreams.
Joani Johnson, CEO of Mrs. SA, says, “We are proud to work alongside so many strong, formidable, and inspirational married women, and to empower them through our pillars of community, self-development, and networking to be the leaders and social game-changers that we need in this country.
“Our experienced mentors teach leadership, entrepreneurship, marketing, self-promotion, and self-discovery throughout the year to ensure that all participants have a truly life-changing experience.”
Sharing more about her decision to enter, Lemé says “I am excited to be back in the public eye after a few years have passed. I am ready for South Africa to get to know me better on a personal level, for who I am and to give each and everyone the opportunity to grab a chair at my table, come and sit down for Lemé version 2.0.”
As part of her journey, she hopes to show South Africa, the life lessons she learned and how she can help those around her through her journey. “The healing was not in feeling sorry for myself, but rather to reach deep down inside of me, to become the woman I believe I was destined to be, and who I am today. I am convinced that Mrs. South Africa is a platform that represents women of different cultures, beliefs, and social orientations. I believe that should I be selected as I will live out the qualities that the organization represents, and strives towards as a strong, courageous, inspirational woman, who is proudly South African.’’
“We are blown away by the number of high-quality entries that we received this year, and we are deeply appreciative to have met so many wonderful women from all walks of life. The National Casting Day was exceptionally difficult, as a substantial number of entrants have what it takes to make a success of this program,” notes Johnson.
This year, the Casting Panel was in search of women who have a keen interest in empowering others, display strong family values, and are passionate about making a difference in their community and the world.
Van der Walt fully embodies the values that Mrs. SA holds most dear and is representative of our tagline for the year: #EveryWoman. We look forward to going on this journey with her and her fellow sisters,” concludes Johnson.
Be sure to follow Lemé van der Walt’s journey on the Mrs. South Africa Instagram and Facebook pages.
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