It was a big night for South African creatives who were recognised for their beautiful work on and off the screen.
It was commendable that the star-studded DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) ceremony on Saturday night gave up-and-coming creatives a chance to be seen as the blue carpet was hosted and also walked by fresh new faces, for a change, which is what we rarely see in these prestigious ceremonies.
At this point, we should accept that our South African celebrities, influencers and content creators do not really go all out when it comes to red-carpet looks - well blue carpet in the case of the DMVCA.
We should, however, give praise to those who put in an effort, like Gaisang Noge, who plays Mampho on House of Zwide, and Naledi on the Wife, who looked dazzling from head to toe.
Metro FM’s Khutso Theledi looked gorgeous in a green number which had a thigh-high slit.
Ntando Duma became the talk of the night with a highly revealing, yet gorgeous body-hugging dress.
Zakhele “Zakes Bantwini” Madida, Ashley Raphala, known as DJ Shimza, Lasizwe Dambuza, Zola Nombona and Luthando “Loot Love” Shosha are some of the celebrities who walked the carpet which seemed a bit dry at the beginning.
Former Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi also made an appearance.
Lawrence Maleka, who walked away with Favourite Presenter and Ultimate Viewers’ Choice awards, handled the proceedings of the evening with aplomb.
Big Brother Mzansi winner, Mpho Vundla and her boyfriend Themba Mabaso were given time to shine and presented awards.
Ndivhudzannyi Ralivhona, aka Makhadzi, won the Song of the Year gong as well as Favourite Artist or Music Group.
In her acceptance speech, she thanked DStv for believing in her and giving her a chance to perform after she begged to perform for free.
Favourite DJ winner, Ashely “Dj Shimza” Raphala said he cancelled all his international shows upon receiving the nomination. He gave a shout to his girlfriend Athi Geleba.
The Wife stars, Abdul Khoza and Kwenzo Ngcobo were among the winners of the night and were accompanied to the stage by their overjoyed fellow-cast members of the Showmax series.
The teary Connie Ferguson dedicated her Favourite Personality award to her late husband, Shona Ferguson.
“I’d like to dedicate this award to my best friend, someone who meant the world to me and continues to mean the world to me, someone who believed in me more than I believed in myself, someone who thought I was the best thing since sliced bread who continued to motivate and validate me. Mr Sho, I love you forever, may you continue to rest in peace, my love.”
Kamo Mphela, who is no doubt one of the few best performers in the South African entertainment industry has to cherish and protect, gave a perfectly choreographed performance filled with great energy.
Other performers on the night were Jabulani “Sjava” Hadebe, Sun El Musician, Pabi Cooper, Boohle, Msaki and Tuks Senganga.
- Song of the Year: Makhadzi ft. Prince Benza - Ganama
- Favourite Actress: Sannah Mcunu
- Favourite Actor: Abdul Khoza
- Favourite Radio Personality: Selbeyonce Mkhize
- Favourite DJ: Shimza
- Favourite Comedian: Skhumba Hlophe
- Favourite Rising Star: Kwenzo Ngcobo
- Favourite Sports Personality: Rassie Erasmus
- Favourite TV Presenter: Lawrence Maleka
- Favourite Personality: Connie Ferguson
- Favourite Music Artist or Group: Makhadzi
- Ultimate Viewers’ Choice: Lawrence Maleka