Among those to be honoured at the Siyabakhumbula Tribute Awards to be held at the Midrand based Gallagher Convention Centre on 4 June are film and television personality Sam Williams; acclaimed actor of Shaka Zulu fame, Henry “Black Cat’ Cele; veteran actor Alfred Nokwe; and popular radio and television presenter Cyril “Kansas City’ Mchunu.
The Siyabakhumbula Tribute Awards are received by family members of the honourees who have contributed in the journalism, arts, sports, education; or any relevant field. Now in their second year, the awards were established after Vhutsila Arts Ensemble’s Mzwakhe Mbuli saw the need to pay homage to those South Africans who have played an important role in creating and building a democratic South Africa.
Other honourees include Dr Allan Paton, novelist and author of Cry, The Beloved Country; Moffat Zungu, a photographer whose works shaped the way the world perceived South Africa and Elliot Makhaya – entertainment journalist and editor.
The Siyabakhumbula Awards are also being used to highlight the challenges faced by South Africa’s physically disabled citizens. Presenters, performers, and honourees will demonstrate the fact that disabled individuals have as much a role to play in South Africa’s society as the able-bodied.