SA sport stars deserve better-Mbalula!

This year’s SA Sports Award prizes have been increased substantially with a R1m on offer of which half of it, would be contributed to the athletes charity of choice.  

 The Durban born whose father had his tears captured world-wide, is the favorite to win this hotly contested category.

 He faces the likes of Chiefs and Bafana goalminder Itumeleng Khune, US Open Tennis wheelchair quad singles winner Lucas Sithole, Hashim Amla, Proteas player, 2011 winner and last year’s nominee and Soweto born athlete sensation Mapaseka Makhanya.

 Regarded as our own ‘Grammy’s of Sport’ the awards ceremony will honour our stars at Sun City resort, Rustenburg on November 17, in the evening.

 Yes, eyebrows were raised when the Paralympian Samkelo Radebe was excluded from the Sportsman of the Year with Disability category.   

 Radebe, who is completing his Law Degree this year at UJ, has been a revelation both locally and internationally.

 “I’m happy for my fellow athletes who have been nominated and I will share with them the excitement it comes with being nominated,” he told Sowetolife Mag Online, gleefully at the awards nominees’ announcement yesterday.   

“No hard feelings as the judges felt they deserve better”, continued Radebe, after being asked how it feels to be left out. 

This year’s awards are held in partnership with the North West Provincial Government.

“This is the razzmatazz in action. We thank the federations for heightened participation in the nomination process and the judges for giving us the final product that will grace the red carpet and ultimately the Legends Carpet, to claim their prize.

The South African Sports Awards are about the athletes and we will jealously guard and protect the interest of the athlete,” says the Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula.

No talk of Beyonce, because I understand she’s coming next year for something different, says the Minister jokingly.

Nominees as submitted by adjudication panel from a list of more than 85 sporting figures/federations are as follows:

Administrator of the Year

Fran Hilton-Smith

Jurie Roux

Mimi Mthethwa

Sportsman of the Year

Itumeleng Khune

Hashim Amla

Cameron Van de Burgh

Sportsman of the Year with Disability

Ernst van Dyk

Hilton Langenhoven

Lucas Sithole

Sportswoman of the Year

Mapaseka Makhanya

Lee-Anne Pace

Mandisa Williams

Sportswoman of the Year with Disability

Ilse Hayes

Kgothatso Montjane

Roxy Burns

Team of the Year

SA Rugby

The Proteas

Kaizer Chiefs

Newcomer of the Year

Bianca Buitendag

Thato Tsomole

Giulio Zorzi

Coach of the Year

Heyneke Meyer

Holger Losch

Graham Hill

Volunteer of the Year

Ernesta Strydom

Zondisa Magajana

Zakes Mkhize

Indigenous Games of the Year

Simphiwe Maphumulo

Immeraan Malgas

Masego Mogapi

Photographer of the Year

Wessel Oosthuizen

Lefty Shivambu

Duif du Toit

Journalist of the Year

Jonathan Cook

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Cheryl Roberts

School Team of the Year

Rosina Sedibane School

Sol Plaatjie High

Waterkloof High

Developing School Team of the Year

Daniye Primary School

Stellenzicht Secondary School

Khayelitsha U18 Boys Hockey Team

Federation of the Year

Cycling South Africa

South Africa Hockey

Swimming South Africa

Recreational Bodies

Sibusiso Vilane

702 Walk the Talk


Sports Star of the Year

Itumeleng Khune

Chad Le Clos

Lucas Sithole

Hashim Amla

Mapaseka Makhanya

The public will vote for their favourite sporting heroes in the “The Sports Star of the Year Award”.  To vote dial *120*8883# “Sports Star” followed by a letter A, B, C, D or E.

a) Itumeleng Khune

b) Chad Le Clos

c) Mapaseka Makhanya

d) Hashim Amla

e) Lucas Sithole

The USSD platform or innovation will be used for voting as it responds quicker than normal SMS, and allows for better display of categories.

Voting closes on the same evening of the awards November 17, Sunday at 21h30.

So, get voting for your favourite sport star!

For more information and interaction on the awards you can follow us on twitter via @ SASportsAwards or visit www.sasportsawards.com


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