Tumi Voster honoured with Youth Excellence Award

Tumi Voster honoured with Youth Excellence Award

TV personality and radio DJ Tumi Voster was recognised as a trailblazer when she was honoured with a Gauteng Province Premier Youth Excellence and Service Award in the Arts & Culture category.

The awards aim to celebrate the positive role of young people within the Gauteng province and their contribution to the region’s growth and development.

“Thank you to the Gauteng government for celebrating the youth of Gauteng and its excellent young people,” said Tumi in a statement before adding, “however, most importantly, thank you for recognizing my talent, uniqueness and voice! May we as young people continue to do more to inspire others to remain inspired and driven.”

Taking to Instagram, Tumi Voster expressed herself by saying “Not only did I walk away with this prestigious award last night. But I also got to share a stage with the Gauteng Premier and the MEC’s – definitely a highlight!

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The South African Metal Music Awards 2018 Nominees Announced

The South African Metal Music Awards

The South African Metal Music Awards was born in 2014 out of a desire to honour the hard work of South African metal music, a genre often overlooked in conventional awards ceremonies.

A key objective includes building a strong sense of South African pride in the Metal which this nation produces, and to encourage bands and fans from different parts of the country to become familiar with great music and entertainment from other cities.

The SAMMA team comprises of various volunteers who all want to see the South African metal scene and industry grow both within our borders, and then to the greater world. What better way to showcase this, than an awards ceremony that acknowledges the bands who have worked hard to produce a great product!

In the build up towards the SAMMA’s ceremony, the team aims to showcase the top five nominated bands in as much media as possible – both locally and internationally.

The procedure of how a winner is determined is no small feat. All nominations have to meet strict criteria and undergo a vigorous elimination process by both the public and an a panel of well-known judges – all within the South African metal music industry, including event promoters, sound engineers and journalists.

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Cassper, Caster Seminya and Black Coffee nominated for Kids Choice Awards

Cassper, Caster Seminya, Black Coffee Kids Choice Awards

Cassper Nyovest, Caster Seminya and Black Coffee have been nominated for the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.

Black Coffee is nominated in the Favourite Global Music Star category alongside Taylor Swift, The Vamps and Zara Larson, while Cassper Nyovest and Caster Semenya go head to head with Davido, Emmanuella and Eddy Kenzo for the Favourite African Star category.

“The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards offer a platform for African stars to be recognised for their excellence in their various talents including, music, sport and television by kids all over the globe.

“We are delighted to feature the continent’s highly talented nominees in the Favourite African Stars category where Black Coffee is nominated for the Favourite Global Music Star category alongside international counterparts,” comments Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Alex Okosi.

The awards will be hosted by WWE superstar John Cena on Saturday 24 March. The event will premiere on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) and Nick Toons (DStv channel 308) on Sunday, March 25. 

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Relebogile Mabotja hosted the 18th Annual National Teaching Awards

Relebogile Mabotja Annual National Teaching Awards

Multi-talented, award-winning actress, singer, presenter, musical director, radio host and MC, Relebogile Mabotja, successfully hosted the 18th Annual National Teaching Awards alongside veteran television anchor Leanne Manas this past Saturday, 17 February 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The 18th Annual National Teaching Awards which honoured the selfless contributions of the nation’s most dedicated teachers will be broadcasted on SABC 2 in March 2018. Each year the Department of Basic Education recognises and promotes the extraordinary efforts of some of the country’s most dedicated teachers while promoting and saluting excellence in the teaching profession.

Dignitaries in attendance of the awards on Saturday included the likes of Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga; Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Enver Surty; Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi; Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor; Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe; and MEC Debbie Shaffer just to name a few.

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Toya Delazy Nominated For An International Music Award

Toya Delazy nominated at the Unsigned Music Awards

Latoya Nontokozo Buthelezi, who goes by the name of Toya Delazy, has been nominated for an international award. The South African singer, pianist, dancer and performer from KwaZulu-Natal has been nominated for Best International Music Video 2018 at the Unsigned Music Awards.

Toya Delazy released two albums under Sony Music Africa and her own label Delazy Entertainment. The talented artist was nominated in the Best International Act (Africa) category at the 2013 BET Awards.

Her debut studio album, Due Drop, was supported by five singles: “Pump It On”, “Love Is in the Air”, “Are You Gonna Stay?”, “Heart” and “Memoriam”.

According to YouthVillage, the Unsigned Music Awards is an international televised awards ceremony held annually to recognize the achievements of artists that are not signed to a record label.

UMA Music Group is a music industry corporation founded in 2015 to establish a mainstream infrastructure and artist environment that looks after the interests of self-signed, unsigned and otherwise independent artists.

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14 SAFTA nominations for Penguin and Paw Paw Films

SAFTA nominations for Penguin & Paw Paw Films

The award-winning film company, Penguin Films, and its sister company, Paw Paw Films, have scooped up fourteen SAFTA nominations.

The award-winning film company, Penguin Films, and its sister company, Paw Paw Films, have scooped up fourteen nominations for the 12th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Acclaimed directors and creative producers Roberta Durrant and Mandilakhe Yengo are thrilled with the nominations. They would also like to congratulate the wonderful cast and crew they have worked with and wish them all the best for the awards ceremony.

The second season of the popular telenovela, Ring of Lies, has been nominated in five categories, including:

  • Best Achievement in Original Music or Score/ Telenovela: Composer: Ngane Sikobi
  • Best Achievement in Post Production/ Telenovela: Post Production Team – Stash Couvaras, Maryke Kruger, Talya Jay Kahan, Ambonga Mfundisi and Tanya von Abo
  • Best Achievement in Cinematography/ Telenovela: DOPs – Ntobeko Dlamini and Marc Brower;
  • Best Actor/ Telenovela: Mpho Sebeng
  • Best Telenovela by Public Vote

The critically acclaimed local box office hit, Krotoa, secured three nominations in the following three categories:

  • Best Actress/ Feature Film: Crystal-Donna Roberts
  • Best Supporting Actress/ Feature Film: Roeline Daneel
  • Best Achievement in Costume Design/ Feature Film – Wardrobe HOD: Emma Moss

Three of their popular drama series, Isikizi 2, Z’Bondiwe 3 and Sara se Geheim 1, scooped up another five nominations.

Isikizi 2:

  • Best Achievement in Original Music or Score/ TV Drama
  • Composer – Murray Anderson  and Singer – Phila Madlingozi
  • Best Supporting Actress/ TV Drama: Tina Jaxa

Z’Bondiwe 3:

  • Best Actress/ TV Drama: Zola Nombona
  • Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling/ TV Drama
  • Hair & Make-Up HOD – Ellaine Ngubeni

Sara se Geheim 1:

  • Best Supporting Actress/ TV Drama: Quanita Adams

Former Best Children’s Programme SAFTA-winner (2017), Disney Cookabout, produced by Penguin Films and Disney UK, has been nominated again in the same category. It has also been nominated for an International Kids Emmy Award.

The official SAFTA Awards Ceremony will be held at Sun City and will take place over three days, from 22 to 24 March 2018.

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AwardsDrama’s SAFTA 2018 nominees announced’s SAFTA 2018 nominees announced’s cast and shows walked away with 12 nominations across the categories in this year’s SAFTA’s.

Scandal!, Rhythm City, Broken Vows, Harvest, Z’Bondiwe season 3 and Gold Diggers season 2 have all been nominated in their respective categories. is proud to be the home of these prestigious local productions which feature the best of local talent and crews. The recognition from the SAFTA committee cements their positions as top quality and entertaining productions.

The nominees in their respective categories are:

Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap/Telenovela – Gold Diggers season 2 – David Golden, Zolani Phakade and Matthew Jankes.

Best Achievement in Wardrobe. Make-Up and Hair – TV Soap/Telenovela – Broken Vows – Mmabatho Seema and Andrew Phiri.

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela – Jo-Anne Reynecke – Broken Vows

Best Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela – Kgomotso Christopher – Scandal!

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela – Zimkitha Nyoka – Gold Diggers season 2

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap/Telenovela – Mapula Mafole – Rhythm City

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap/Telenovela – Mandla Gaduka – Broken Vows

Best Telenovela – Gold Diggers season 2

Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama – Z’Bondiwe season 3 – Ellaine Ngubeni

Best Actress – TV Drama – Masasa Mbangeni – Harvest

Best Actress – TV Drama – Zola Nombona – Z’Bondiwe season 3

Best TV Drama – Harvest

Ziyanda Mngomezulu,’s Head of Local Productions, is proud of the nominees for this year’s SAFTA’s. “ is ecstatic about the recognition our talent and productions have received by being nominated in this year’s SAFTA Awards. We are extremely proud of all the hard work they have put in over the past year and look forward to the results which will be announced at the awards ceremony.” says Mngomezulu.’s prime time soapies and telenovelas have been nominated in the public voting category of Most Popular Soapie/Telenovela. To vote, viewers can SMS the respective code to 48430. Each SMS is charged at R1.50 and free SMS’s do not apply.

To vote for Broken Vows, SMS 3 to 48430.
To vote for Gold Diggers season 2, SMS 5 to 48430.
To vote for Rhythm City, SMS 11 to 48430.
To vote for Scandal!, SMS 13 to 48430.

The winners will be announced at the SAFTA 12 ceremony which takes place from 22 to 24 March 2018 in the North West province.

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2018 SAFTAS nominations announced

2018 SAFTAS awards announced

The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees were announced at the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg. The event was hosted by a radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu.

According to Channel24, 79 awards will be handed out this year in the various categories covering everything from TV non-fiction, TV fiction, feature films, short films, to student films.

Only South African films and television shows that have been produced and publicly exhibited or broadcast between 1 August 2016 to 31 October 2017 were eligible to enter.

According the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) CEO and Saftas chairperson, Zama Mkosi, they “went to great lengths to get judges from different demographics and skills sets” to comb through the entries.

“We are proud of the record number of 262 judges used along 2 judging phases,” Mkosi added.

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Masechaba Ndlovu at the 2018 SAFTAs nominations announcement

Masechaba Ndlovu at the 2018 SAFTAs

Radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu hosted the 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees breakfast event.

The Metro FM radio DJ literally rocked in dark blue gown with plunging neckline. Masechaba completed the look with flawless make-up and her signature blonde crop.

The event took place the Inanda Country Club in Johannesburg, and was attending by local celebs including Basetsana Kumalo and Shoki Sebotsane.

There will be a special event held to celebrate the nominees on 9 March at Sun City. The official Saftas award ceremony will take place over three days at Sun City from 22 to 24 March.

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Watch Rihanna do the Gwara Gwara dance at the 2018 Grammy Awards

Rihanna do the gwara gwara dance

Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress Rihanna wowed the crowd at the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday when she did the Gwara Gwara dance during an energy-filled performance alongside DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller.

The trio performed their hit song together, Wild Thoughts. The musician nailed the dance move alongside her stage dancers.

The Americans have a similar dance called the stanky leg but the movement is both similar to but entirely different from the Gwara Gwara.

In South Africa, the dance move was originally created by the well-known DJ Bongz. The DJ has since tagged both Rihanna and DJ Khaled for dancing like him.

Watch Robyn Fenty Gwara Gwara dance video below:

Here is the full performance below:

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