CITY HONOURS LOCAL TALENT
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
The eThekwini Minicipality recognised city citizens who have recently received accolades in various fields at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday.
The Wenze Kahle Mayoral ceremony seeks to honour those who have excelled academically, artists who received national and international accolades, sports stars who have portrayed outstanding sportsmanship to fly eThekwini flag high.
Veteran musical icon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder, Joseph Shabalala was honoured as his group clinched a Grammy Award for best world music album earlier this year. The group has released over 50 albums, nominated 17th times for the Grammys and won four in the process.
Durban-born and MTN South African Music Award nominee Hlengiwe Mhlaba and her gospel counterparts Andile KaMajola and Sifiso Ncwane– multi awards winners – were also accomplished.
The biggest radio station in the continent with 7.7 million listeners, Ukhozi FM, was recignised for sweeping six awards at the MTN Radio Awards last year. Other local radio stations such as Lotus FM, East Coast Radio and Inanda FM were also honoured.
Durban golden boy and Olympics hero Chad le Clos was also recognised for making the country proud, clinching numerous awards locally, nationally and internationally.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo marketing director, Thabani Mazibuko, was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of Shabalala– who couldn’t attend because of health reasons.
“We have been all over the world and awarded with highest accolades but this one is more special. It’s a great feeling to be recognised at home,” said Mazibuko.
Hlengiwe Mhlaba said, “It’s the first time to be recognised by my city. It shows that they see what I am doing. I am proud to be a Durbanite. I wouldn’t be the Hlengiwe I am without all the people who have been supporting me.”
Comedian Sifiso Nene said, “This is like a tap in the back. It says I should go further and continue making my province proud. I don’t think they understand what it means to be recognised at home, I’m proud to be from this province.”
Other awardees are: Metro FM Awards winners DJ Cndo and Character, Khaya Mthethwa, Ntokozo Mbambo, Sbo da Poet, Clermont Community Choir, Professor Salim S Abdool Karrim and Professor Q Abdool Karrim,The Sharks, Sunfoil Dolphins, David Miller, Hashim Amla and Graham Hill.