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Gauteng Sport Awards 2017 finalists shine

This year’s celebration of the Province’s sporting stars is dedicated to the self-less legacy of struggle icon Oliver Reginald Tambo, who would have turned 100 in October. It is the year of ‘Unity in Action’ as we honour a man who fought hard for liberation and reflect on how far we have come in sport 23 years later.

Through sport we need to ensure that our liberation, unity and freedom are protected, preserved and promoted for all South Africans to enjoy what the likes of Oliver Reginald Tambo believed and stood for.


It was a good day for soccer team Mamelodi Sundowns as they swept the boards at the Gauteng Sport Awards 2017 finalists reveal, clocking no less than four nods. The nominees were announced by Faith Mazibuko, MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng at Green Hills stadium in Randfontein in the Rand-West municipality.

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Star combative midfielder Hlompho Kekana of Sundowns shot his way into two nominations for Sportman of the Year and Sport Personality of the Year, while Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane earned a spot in the Coach of the Year category. After a triumphant campaign in the CAF Champions League, Sundowns is duly in the running for the Team of the Year trophy. Also taking home a substantial number of nominations was Wits Sport’s Tang Soo Do martial arts team. They secured themselves nods in Sportman of the Year (Kim Lucas), Sportwoman of the Year (Tanita Ramburuth Hurt),  Most Promising Athlete (Madimetja Malebana) and Sport Team of the Year.

Women’s football star Janine Van Wyk got two nominations in the highly competitive Sportwoman of the Year and Sport Personality of the Year categories. Also vying for the trophy in the latter are Hlompho Kekana, athletes Luvo Manyanga and Sheldon Thomas.
Johannesburg rugby team The Lions’s heroic efforts have gained them a place in the Sport Team of the Year and their coach Johannes Nthooro Mongalo made the cut for Coach of the Year.

Athlete Ntando Mahlangu who won last year, returns to the GSA nominations with a berth in the Disabled Sportman of the Year. He competes with wheelchair tennis stars Lucas Sithole and Evans Maripa as well as athlete Pieter duPreez. In the Disabled Sportwoman of the Year category, Sandra Khumalo of rowing faces tough competition from athlete Maria Combrink and wheelchair tennis star Kgothatso Montjane.


Mazibuko congratulated the nominees: ‘These are sportsmen and women who have flown Gauteng’s flag in the field of play. We are proud of them at a time we honour our national icon OR Tambo. We wish them the best as we head towards the award ceremony in October.

‘I also urge fans, followers and supporters to vote for their favourites to lift trophies next month and there are some amazing prizes to be won. Mind you, the winners will go on to represent the province, our home of champions, at the national awards, so they need to have our full support.’

To win a car at the Gauteng Sport Awards 2017 vote for your favourite Sport Fan by SMSing their sporting code to 41802.


Sport Fan of the Year
1 for Mdevas Mokubela
2 for Johan Snyders
3 for Mamello Makha

Sport Personality of the Year
4 for Hlompho Kekana
5 for Janine Van Wyk
6 for Luvo Manyanga
7 for Sheldon Thomas

Sport Programme of the Year
8 for SportsBuzz
9 for Dlala Mzanzi
10 for Sport at 10
11 for The Home Straight

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COMPLETE LIST OF FINALISTS

Sportman of the Year
Kim Lucas – Wits University – Tang Soo Do
Lawrence Brittian – TUKS Rowing - Rowing
Hlompho Kekana – Mamelodi Sundowns – Football

Sportwoman of the Year
Neila Tembe –Gauteng Volleyball Union - Volleyball
Tanita Ramburuth Hurt – Wits Sport – Combat Tang Soo Do
Janine Van Wyk – South African Football Association – Football

Sport Team of the Year
Wits Sport – Wits Tang Soo Do – Martial Arts
Mamelodi Sundowns – Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club – Football
Golden Lions Rugby Union – Emirates Lions Super Rugby Team – Rugby

Disabled Sportwoman of the Year
Sandra Khumalo - Para Rowing Single Scull – Rowing
Maria Combrink - CGSAPD – Athletics
Kgothatso Montjane - Wheelchair Tennis South Africa –Tennis

Disabled Sportman of the Year
Ntando Mahlangu – Disability Sport – Athletics
Evans Maripa – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa – Tennis
Pieter duPreez – UJ Sport for Disability – Athletics
Lucas Sithole – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa – Tennis

Sport Team of the Year with a Disability
Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball – Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys U23 – Wheelchair Basketball
Disability Sport Athletics Team – Disability Sport Athletics Team – Athletics
Kwa Thema Disability Academy – Kwa Thema Disability Sports Club – Multi Coded

Coach of the Year
Kelsey White - Central Gauteng Water Polo – Water Polo
Pitso Mosimane - Mamelodi Sundowns – Football
Johannes Nthooro Mongalo - Golden Lions Rugby Union – Rugby

Technical Official of the Year
Charles Villet - Brakpan Wrestling Club – Wrestling 
Mpho Makgoba - Tennis South Africa –Tennis
Charmaine Ho -Provincial Archery Federation – Archery

Administrator of the Year
Nkosinathi Moyo – Gauteng Volleyball Union – Volleyball
Gussie Bartlett – Eastern Gauteng Wrestling Association – Wrestling
John Mathane – ASA – Athletics

Most Promising Athletes
Madimetja Malebana – Wits Sport – Combat Tang Soo Do
Nthabeleng Maine – Wits Hockey – Hockey U/21 World Cup Women’s Hockey
Sheldon Thomas – UJ Sport for Disability - Athletics
Siyabonga Samkelo Wiseman Mbatha – Gauteng Volleyball Union – Volleyball

Most Promising Team
Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Girls – Gauteng Under 19 Girls Team – Wheelchair Basketball
Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys Gauteng Wheelchair Basketball Boys U/19 – Wheelchair Basketball
Hlangebeza U/13 Primary Chess Team – Hlangebeza U/13 Primary Chess Team – Chess

Sport Fan of the Year
Mdevas Mokubela – Football
Johan Snyders – Disability Sport (Athletics)
Mamello Makha – Football

Journalist of the Year
Mbali Mokoko – Kaya FM
Tshepiso Mametela – Caxton Newspapers
Zipporah Tsholofelo Lesunye – Alex FM

Sport Personality of the Year
Hlompho Kekana – Mamelodi Sundowns – Football
Janine Van Wyk – South African Football Association – Football
Luvo Manyanga – UP Sport – Athletics
Sheldon Thomas – UJ Sport for Disability – Athletics

School Sport Athlete of the Year
Fernando Booysen - Hoerskool Hugenoot – Wrestling
Emile Burger - Jumping Kids Prosthetic Fund – Athletics
Mary Dzimba - Gauteng School Sport for the Intellectually Impaired – Athletics

Community Sport and Recreation Programme of the Year
SAFA Tshwane Regional League and Ga-Rankuwa Local Football Association – Faith and Hope Foundation – Football, Netball and Tennis
Gauteng Volleyball Union – Johannesburg Strikers Volleyball Academy – Volleyball
Southern Gauteng Hockey Association – In-Touch Community Support Group – Hockey and Football

Sport Programme of the Year
Nwendamutswu - SABC1 SportBuzz
Soweto TV - Dlala Mzanzi
Sport at 10 - SABC
The Home Straight – Kaya FM

Community Media of the Year
Thetha FM - Thetha FM 100.7
Jozi FM – Jozi FM
Alex News - Caxton 

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