The second South African Afro Music Awards (SAAFMA) forced to move back to Joburg

By Drum Digital
22 October 2016

The second South African Afro Music Awards (SAAFMA) forced to move back to Joburg

By Mathawe Matsapola

There is war brewing between the SAAFMA organisers and the City of Cape Town. With only a few weeks left before the second instalment, organisers claim they were forced to move the award ceremony to Johannesburg allegedly due to the City of Cape Town’s refusal to sponsor the awards.

In a statement issued by CSuns Holdings, the chairperson and one of the organisers of the awards, China Mpololo says, “The City of Cape Town is hostile to black people in general and the prosperity of their business in particular. It is determined to entrench its racist attitudes two decades since the dawn of democracy in South Africa”.

Organisers allegedly submitted their application for sponsorship of the event to the City in May and now they are told they have to wait for another meeting of the committee, scheduled to take place a week before the awards ceremony.

“We feel and believe we are not being treated with the respect that we deserve,” Mpololo said.

On behalf of the City of Cape Town, Councillor Eddie Andrews, who is also Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, said the City refutes these claims and views these unfounded allegations in a serious light.  “Should Mr Mpololo be able to back up these allegations, we would advise him to seek the necessary recourse instead of issuing such baseless statements to the media,” said Andrews.

He explained that CSuns Holdings submitted a proposal and application for sponsorship in May 2016, to the tune of R2.5 million.

“The application for sponsorship was tabled at the SpevCo (Special Events Committee) meeting in June 2016 and Mr Mpololo was advised in July 2016 that the committee recommended that he seek sponsorship from other sources and that once this was secured, he should submit a revised proposal for the City to consider. Mr Mpololo submitted a revised proposal in August 2016, but still requested an amount of R2.5 million in sponsorship from the City,” Andrews said.

He added that “the decision to provide sponsorship support for an event does not lie with and cannot be made by a single individual, as Mr Mpololo expects”.

Some of the nominees in the 20 categories of the awards are Judith Sephuma, Zonke, Zahara, Lira, Musa Sukwene, Robbie Malinga and Nathi.

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The awards ceremony which will be hosted by Idols SA judges and Metro FM presenters, Somizi Mhlongo and Unathi Msengana, will be held on Friday, 2 December, at Birchwood Hotel.

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