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DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards Nominees Announced

Grit, Blood, Sweat and Tears!!! Are elements that our nominees recognise and what they’ve endured to get to where they are in their craft. Mzansi Magic brings the second chapter of the award ceremony that aims to acknowledge and celebrate  homegrown talent in various entertainment streams.

At the DSTV Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (DMVCA) launch event held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, the Gqom sensation, Destruction Boyz, and their smash hit, Omunye the dynamic Durban duo commanded the spotlight. They also lead the nominees list with an impressive three nods; for Song of the Year, Favourite Rising Star and Favourite Music Artist/Group. It looks like they were right on the money when naming their breakout album Gqom is the Future!

Nipping close at the heels with two nominations each are Prince Kaybee and Kagiso Rabada. The house music master and Proteas fast bowler have been making waves and raking in the silverware respectively – most definitely #livingourbestlife in 2018!

Prince Kaybee is nominated in the Song of the Year and Favourite DJ categories, while Rabada appears in the Favourite Sports Personality of the Year and Favourite Personality of the Year lists.

Rabada will have to beat stiff competition from media darling Bonang Matheba, crowd favourite Papa Penny Ahee, Mzansi sweetheart Nomzamo Mbatha and the flamboyant reality TV star Somizi Mhlongo.

“ The DStv MVCA launched in 2017 to great fanfare,” said Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “The calibre of nominees, is testament to the quality shows and magnitude of the talent South Africa has to offer. With the viewers voting for the favourites in every category – this is anyone’s race.”

Said Sema: “The DStv MVCA is a way for us to give our viewers a platform to choose their favourite entertainers, who have become a significant part of their daily lives. Another important aspect of the awards is that they recognise both seasoned and new professionals, therefore contributing to the growth of Mzansi talent.”

Last year, fan favourite Thembisa Mdoda walked away with the gong for Mzansi’s ultimate favourite personality, a hotly contested category that had fans furiously casting a combined one million votes across categories.

This year there is the addition of a new category, Favourite Personality of the Year, which will be awarded to a personality that has gone above and beyond to have an impact in our society.

There’s also a hardworking and dedicated community leader who will be bestowed the Life Changer award, courtesy of headline sponsor 1LIFE. This is a person who has worked tirelessly and passionately for the betterment of their community to create positive change. Not only will they be honoured at the ceremony, but will also receive a cash prize of R50 000 (Fifty Thousand Rands) as a thank you!

Kia is also back as an associate sponsor, joined by Castle Milk Stout.

Fans will be able to vote in 11 categories and the nominee with the most votes out of all the categories will be named the ultimate viewers’ choice. With so much love for their entertainment favourites, let The Game of Votes begin – and may the best Fandom win!

Below is the full list of categories and nominees…

FAVOURITE SONG OF THE YEAR
  • PRINCE KAYBEE & LASOULMATES FT ZANDA ZAKUZA & TNS – CLUB CONTROLLER
  • DJ MAPHORISA FT DJ TIRA, BUSISWA & MOONCHILD SANELLY – MIDNIGHT STARRING
  • HEAVY K FT NOKWAZI & BUCIE – INDE
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ FT DLADLA MSHUNQISI & BENNY MAVERICK – OMUNYE
  • KWESTA FT WALE – SPIRIT
FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER
  • LERATO KGANYAGO
  • THOMAS MLAMBO
  • PEARL MODIADIE
  • CAROL TSHABALALA
  • ANELE MDODA
FAVOURITE COMEDIAN (KIA)
  • SKHUMBA
  • FELIX HLOPHE
  • TUMI MORAKE
  • SMOWKEY NYEMBE
  • MPHO POPPS
FAVOURITE RISING STAR (KIA)
  • SMASH AFRIKA
  • LUVO MANYONGA
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • LANGA MAVUSO
  • LUNGI NGIDI
FAVOURITE RADIO PERSONALITY
  • ANELE MDODA
  • NTATE THUSO MOTAUNG
  • DUDU ‘LADY D’ KHOZA
  • DJ FRESH
  • SELBY ‘SELBEYONCE’ MKHIZE
FAVOURITE ACTOR (1LIFE)
  • WARREN MASEMOLA
  • HAMILTON DLAMINI
  • MDUDUZI MABASO
  • MASOJA MSIZA
  • KHULU SKENJANA
FAVOURITE ACTRESS (1LIFE)
  • THEMBSIE MATU
  • RAMI CHUENE
  • LINDA SEBEZO
  • MOSHIDI MOTSHEGWA
  • LESEGO MARAKALLA
FAVOURITE MUSIC ARTIST / GROUP (CASTLE MILK STOUT)
  • LADY ZAMAR
  • SHEKHINAH
  • DISTRUCTION BOYZ
  • KHUZANI
  • AKA
FAVOURITE DJ
  • MS COSMO
  • DJ MAPHORISA
  • PRINCE KAYBEE
  • DJ TIRA
  • BLACK COFFEE
FAVOURITE SPORTS PERSONALITY (SUPERSPORT)
  • KAGISO RABADA
  • PERCY TAU
  • CASTER SEMENYA
  • PITSO MOSIMANE
  • SIYA KOLISI
FAVOURITE PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
  • PAPA PENNY AHEE
  • BONANG MATHEBA
  • NOMZAMO MBATHA
  • SOMIZI MHLONGO
  • KAGISO RABADA
LIFE CHANGER (1LIFE) – SEPARATE COMPETITION
ULTIMATE VIEWERS’ CHOICE (DSTV) – MOST VOTED IN TOTAL

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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