Thoughts on DStv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards

Dstv Mzansi Viewers' Choice Awards we launched on Tuesday in Johannesburg. The awards are touted as a celebration of local talent in acting, music, sport and more, all acknowledging the country’s top stars.

Right off the bat the question is; Do we need another awards show in SA? To that I say; why not? Any opportunity given to local creatives to be recognised and have a platform to shine is a good thing. I applaud Dstv for the initiative. 

The main advice I would personally give to the organisers is that they should protect the awards' credibility at all costs if they are to be seen as relevant and have some sense of prestige. To aide in keeping that credibility, the awards should aim not to make the same mistakes our other local awards shows make. 

Transparency would be a good way to start. Keep the process as transparent as possible to avoid any perception that there is preferential treatment for anyone. It would be great to have the names of the judging panel and their credential available publicly so as to ascertain their credibility in choosing who gets nominated. 

Another positive thing is that, while the awards may be thought of as Mzansi Magic awards, looking at the nomination list, that does not appear to be case. These are awards that honour talent across the board and channels. 

Interestingly, there a few people on the nomination list that I have never heard of — and that is a good thing. In these times of #OpenUpTheIndustry we need that. 

These awards could easily become a platform for new talent to be recognised and for people who  generally get ignored by the industry and media to finally find acknowledgement for the good work they do. 

This is the inaugural edition of the awards so they will get some leeway to make mistakes and improve on them as the awards gain traction. I am however hopeful that these could be the awards that finally get it right because they have room to learn from the mistakes of the past awards shows. 

Speaking to media at the DStvMVCA launch, M-Net Director of Local Entertainment Channels Reneilwe Sema highlighted that, as arguably the largest producer of local programming in South Africa, M-Net remains committed to showcasing excellent home-grown talent which viewers have enthusiastically embraced.

Our audiences are involved, loyal, vocal and highly engaged especially in relation to their favourite personalities. Social media comes alive as they share their comments and opinions on the trend-setters, news-makers and heavy-hitters of pop culture. So to be able to organise and host a gala whose entire focus is on those stars, we believe we can give our viewers an evening of stand-out performance, red-carpet glamour and unforgettable truly Mzansi-styled magic.

And in ensuring that viewers are also rewarded, those who vote stand the chance to win a brand-new Kia Picanto 1.0 Street, valued at R 150 000!  

In addition, prizes on the night will include the socially influential 1Life Life Changer Award, which recognises the efforts of a dedicated community leader making a positive impact in their environment. That leader will receive R 50 000, while the person who nominated them will also be the recipient of a second R 50 000 cash bonus. And adding to the excitement of the night will be prizes from Vodacom, who are sponsoring a viewer voting prize in the Song of the Year category. 

The nominees are; 

  • Song of the Year

Mthande – Musa ft. Robbie Malinga (1A)
Imali – Black Motion (1B)
Gobisiqolo – Bhizer ft. Busiswa, SG Gorna & Bhepepe (1C)
Gqi – Okmalumkoolkat (1D)
Charlotte – Prince Kaybee (1E)

  • TV Presenter

Robert Marawa (2A)
Pearl Modiadie (2B)
Phat Joe (2C)
Bonang Matheba (2D)
Thembisa Mdoda (2E)

  • Comedian

Skhumba (3A)
Summary (3B)
Celeste Ntuli (3C)
Tumi Morake (3D)
Mashabela (3E)

  •  Rising Star

Amanda Black (4A)
Zamani Mbatha (4B)
Michelle Mosalakae (4C)
Sjava (4D)
Andile Phehlukwayo (4E)

  • Radio Personality

T-Bose (5A)
Tbo Touch (5B)
Anele Mdoda (5C)
Sgqemeza (5D)

  •  Actor

Ntokozo Dlamini (6A)
Warren Masemola (6B)
Siyabonga Thwala (6C)
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (6D)
Themba Ndaba (6E)

  • Actress

Vatiswa Ndara (7A)
Thuso Mbedu (7B)
Masasa Mbangeni (7C)
Lorcia Cooper (7D)
Dawn Thandeka King (7E)

  • Music Artist / Group

Lebo Sekgobela (8A)
Black Motion (8B)
AKA (8C)
Cassper Nyovest (8D)
Kwesta (8E)

  •  DJ

Black Coffee (9A)
DJ Zinhle (9B)
Prince Kaybee (9C)
DJ Shimza (9D)
DJ Tira (9E)

  • Sports Personality

Caster Semenya (10A)
Wayde van Niekerk (10B)
Kagiso Rabada (10C)
Keagan Dolly (10D)
Akane Simbine (10E)

  • Life Changer

You can nominate someone you know for this award – someone who is making a positive change in your community.

Voting opens Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 00:00 and we'll share the live link to the page as soon as it's active

The DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (#DStvMVCA) will be screened live on Mzansi Magic on August 26th.

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