Not long ago, South Africa’s Sport and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula announced the nominees for the 2016 SA Sports Awards.
The annual awards event designed to honor sporting royalty happened at the Sand Du Plessis Theatre in Mangaung, Free State.
According to the Sport and Recreation Department, this year’s award was challenging for nominees due the SA team cool performances in the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.
Checkout the winners in each of the award categories below:
- Sportsman of the Year – Wayde Van Niekerk
- Sportswoman of the Year – Caster Semenya
- Sportsman of the year with a Disability – Charl Du Toit
- People’s Choice Sports Star Award – Wayde van Niekerk
- Sportswoman of the year with a Disability – Ilse Hayes
- Team of the Year – Mamelodi Sundowns
- Coach of the Year – Anna Botha
- Volunteer of the Year – Kim Pople
- Newcomer of the Year – Ntando Mahlangu (Athletics)
- Photographer of the Year – Sydney Mahlangu (Pinky Xulu accepted the award on his behalf)
- SA Sports Journalist Year – Thabiso Sithole
- Developing school team of the Year – Benny’s Care Academy
- Federation of the Year – Roller Sports South Africa
- Steve Tshwete Lifetime Achiever Awards – Thomas Kwenaite
- Francois Pienaar – Mzimasi Mnguni
Also, Dyan Buis and Wayde Van Niekerk were awarded the Shield of Jove.
History has it that the Shield of Jove was donated to the South African Government in 1948 by Frederick Mitchell-Hedges, a British archeologist involved in mining activities in the country.
He presented it to Prime Minister, General J.C. Smuts to acknowledge the best performance by a South African athlete at the Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party says it will call on the Sports and Recreation Portfolio Committee to summons the Commonwealth Games committee to an urgent portfolio meeting in order to ascertain their financial status and whether they will proceed in bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be hosted in Durban.
DA’s move follows a reply to a parliamentary question which revealed that government does not know how much South Africa stands to lose or gain for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.