David Tlale receives a prestigious award at the Feathers

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David Tlale says he would not be this far in his career if it wasn't for his faith.
David Tlale says he would not be this far in his career if it wasn't for his faith.
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They got awards for being fabulous in various ways. This year's Feather Awards have come and gone and celebrities and media personalities celebrated in style at the Market Theatre in Newtown Johannesburg.

Celebrities Wiseman Zitha, Khanyi Mbau, and Johanna Mukoki walked off with the pink diamond.

President Cyril Ramaphosa showed his support to the LGBTQI community by giving a virtual vote of thanks to those who have helped to shape South Africa by sharing their knowledge and congratulating the nominees.

Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka received the African Feather Award.

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The son of late entertainer Vinolia Mashego, Oratile “Coachella Randy” Mashego won the Social Media Personality of the Year Award which he dedicates to his mother. 

“I was doing skits and I did not know what I was doing, and I sent my mother just one video, she couldn’t stop laughing and she drove home. She told me that was going to be a star, three days later she left me and died,” says Oratile. “So when you see me, you see Vinolia Mashego.“

International fashion designer David Tlale (46) was awarded the Simon Nkoli Award for his extensive contribution to the LGBTIQ community and in the world of fashion design.

“David is an inspiration, he carved the way for young designers, and we need to show him the appreciation he deserves,” says Feather founder Thami Kotlolo. 

David says it’s an honour to be recognised while still alive.  

“Who would have thought that a designer from Vosloorus would make it to the world. Those dusty streets of Voslorus made me,” he says. 

In his speech he thanked family, friends, colleagues, and supporters.

“I want to thank my team. I started a one-man show in my backyard in Vosloorus. I then built a two-room house with one sewing machine and had to be the fashion designer, pattern maker, fashion buyer, machinist, and everything else. I bless those days because the House of David Tlale now employs 47 people,” he says. 

“I am grateful for the journey, the hard times and difficult times where I wanted to give up,” he adds.

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Here is the full list of winners:

Best Styled Individual: Zozibini Tunzi and Rich Mnisi 

Hunk of the Year: Wiseman Zithar

Diva Extraordinaire of the year: Johanna Mukoki 

Sport personality of the year: Phuti “Minaj” Lekoloane

Role Model of the year: Roche Kester 

Cutest Couple: Sylvester Chauke and Tumelo Mmusi 

Hot Chick of the year: Shudufadzo Musida 

Media Award of the year: Becoming 

Fag hag of the year: Lady Du 

Musician: Makhadzi and Lady Du 

Socialite: Lelo WhatsGood 

Drama Queen: Khanyi Mbau 

Social Media personality of the year: Coachella Randy 

Best LGBTIQ initiative (Private Sector): Ernest & Young 

Best LGBTIQ initiative (Public Sector): Gauteng Department of Education

Best LGBTIQ Youth Movement: Vaal LGBT 

Best Rainbow Parenting: Virginia Magwaza 

African Feather Award: Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

Simon Nkoli Award: David Tlale 

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