Late South African heroes honoured

2010-09-10 10:48

Late South African heroes, among them soccer star Patrick “Ace” Ntsoelengoe, will be honoured with Siyabakhumbula Awards at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The awards, organised by “People’s Poet” Mzwakhe Mbuli, will also honour the likes of actor Ken Gampu, former City Press editor Percy Qoboza and Gugu Dlamini, who was beaten to death in December 1998 after revealing her HIV status.

“The list of honorees is endless. It comprises from film, art, music, writers, journalists and TV personalities,”said Mbuli.

He added: “Top professional dancers who performed during the World Cup, comedians and TV presenters will entertain the crowd.”

Other late icons to be recognised are star actors Ray “Velaphi” Ntlokwana, Alfred Nokwe, Henry Cele, Gibson Kente, former Ukhozi FM presenter Cyril “Kansas City” Mchunu and former South African Football Association President Solomon “Stix” Morewa, pop diva Lebo Mathosa, singers Margaret Mcingana and Miriam Makeba, Mbhaqanga king Simon “Mahlathini” Nkabinde and boxing champ Arthur “Fighting Prince” Mayisela.

Nkabinde’s daughter, Khabo, and Ntsoelengoe’s wife, Thato, said they saluted Mbuli’s initiative.

“We appreciate his initiative because many of the late South African icons have long been forgotten,” said Khabo.

Mbuli said his three-hour show would kick off at 5:30pm, adding that entrance was free.

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