Byline: Andani Matumba

17 June 2022

Samuel Hlatshwayo is selected as Top Model of South Africa 2022 to represent South Africa at the international contest, Top Model of the Universe 2022.

The contest is hosted in Instanbul, Turkey and set to take place in September 2022.

Samuel was born in Pretoria and later moved to Bethal where he started his primary education at Sakhisizwe Primary School and completed his matric at Ikhethelo Secondary School.

His modeling career started in 2018 when he came Mr Ikhethelo Junior when he was still in high school.

“The first time I really enjoyed modeling was when I entered the Mr Teen Mpumalanga pageant 2021, there was so much pressure and the competition was tight.

With “The Brotherhood” the competition was also tight, so when I won it really meant a lot for me as it encouraged me to join more competitions,” said Samuel.

Samuel has managed to secure 10 titles under his name since the Mr Ikhethelo Junior contest.

“The major titles I have secured are Mr Supraglobal 2021 where I was representing South Africa and becoming the 1st Prince for Mr Teen Mpumalanga 2021 contest.”

Samuel sa he has been assisting Mr Thomas Mogadime in some of the community projects around Bethal such as donating food to drop in centers and after care.

Sponsorship is need to cover various expenses.

“To qualify for Top Model of the Universe, the model had to be a winner of the National Contest in their home country and a participant needs to pay a fee of R 25 000-00 for which includes return tickets to Turkey, six nights at a hotel and transfers from the airport,” said Samuel requesting for sponsorship assistance from local businesses.

He further stated that another Mandatory requirement is for the participant to have a National Fantasy Costume for the  Nationalities’ Eve where the Best National Costume will be chosen, evening suit designed by a designer of his country for the Special International and casual clothes as well as accessories for the even.

For those who wish to sponsor Samuel Hlatshwayo, they can contact the National Director of Top Model Universe on or Samuel on or call him directly on his cellphone number 060 898 8507.