Zimbabwe Achievers South Africa reveal 2016 contenders

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Showbiz Correspondent

Nadia Nakai - Artist of the year nominee

NOMINEES for the 2016 South African edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards have been announced with the winners to be revealed at a gala dinner scheduled for the 10th of December in Sandton.

Organisers of the high-profile event announced over 65 nominees across 16 categories last Friday in johannesburg.

Steward Bank was unveiled as one of the sponsors for the forthcoming edition.

Louis Charema, ZAA International Executive said the committee were delighted to welcome Steward Bank on board as an official partner for the South African edition, weeks after it was announced that they would sponsor the US edition.

Charema added that the commercial bank’s support for the respective franchises would only strengthen an already growing relationship with the Zimbabwean community on an International spectrum.

Steward Bank, who have continued to expand their products and services worldwide, said they were delighted to be partnering with Zim Achievers South Africa.

Bank Chief Executive Officer, Lance Mambondiani said they were proud to be associated with the awards, adding that he was looking forward to both the South African and US editions taking place in November and December.

“ZAA is a worthy cause and I applaud the organisers for the initiative, and the Zimbabwean mission in South Africa for supporting it,” Mambondiani said.

Meanwhile, voting will commence on the 1st of November and will run until the 5th of December.

Lawrence Dube, Organising Director for ZAA SA said the awards show has firmly established itself in South Africa and that every year the nominee list keeps getting better.

“There are so many Zimbabweans who are flying the Zimbabwean flag high in the Rainbow nation everyday, and this annual occasion gives us the opportunity just to say, that we recognise what you are doing and we celebrate you.

The awards are not only about celebrating the success stories of the nominees and winners but are a celebration of individuals that on a day to day basis are influencing people across the world,” he added.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton.

Voting lines will open on Tuesday 1st November. Tickets are now on sale and, both voting and ticket purchases can be done at www.zimachievers.com/sa.

The Zimbabwe Achievers Awards, first introduced in the UK in 2010 have gone on to become a highlight on the community calendar internationally, bringing together business leaders and innovators from all sectors to celebrate the successes and achievements of people of Zimbabwean heritage living in the UK, South Africa and the United States. There are also plans for expansion to other nations in the next year.

The 2016 Nominees are:
Business of the year

  • N7 Farmers
  • Masiwela Events
  • ZimCon-Transport company
  • Misec
  • Blue Hills College –Midrand

 Business Leaders of the Year

  • Prof Tawana Kuphe
  • Bongani Ngqwababa
  • July Moyo
  • Ralf Mupita

Female Entrepreneur of the year

  • Judy Goddard-Masiwela
  • Sophia Michelle Chitemere
  • Rina Broomberg
  • Monalisa Zwambila
  • Samantha N. Ngcolomba

Male Entrepreneur

  • Sabelo Sibanda
  • Nyasha Mudzingwa
  • Faraimose Kutadzaushe
  • DJ Kumbula
  • Godfrey Madanhure

Professional of the year

  • July Ndlovu
  • Mavis Ureke
  • McLean Sibanda
  • Thabani Ndlovu

Community Champion of the year

  • Ngungi Vere
  • Anorld Tsunga
  • Ngqabutho Nicholas Mabhena
  • Tendai Ndoro
  • Janet Munakamwe

Community Organisation of the year

  • Fair Funeral Parlour
  • Zim Solidarity Network
  • Zim Community SA

Academic Excellence of the year

  • DR Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe
  • Prof Miracle Benhura
  • Associate Professor Mucha Musemwa
  • Prof Amos Saurombe
  • Prof Caroline Ncube

Media Personality of the Year

  • Dan Nicholl
  • Oliver " NaJeska" Keith Siamuloboka
  • Chichie Mhende
  • Sunu Gonera
  • Rangarirayi Chikwene

 Peoples Choice Award

  • Mothusi Madlela Ndlovu
  • Baba Tencen
  • Chichie Mhende
  • Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure
  • Anorld Chirisa

Personality of the Year

  • Julius Shamhu
  • T-Mula
  • Tapfuma Makina
  • Evangelista Mwatse
  • Vimbai Musvaburi
  • Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure

Music Artist/Group of the Year

  • Crimson Blue
  • Berita Khumalo
  • Nadia Nakai
  • Jeremy Oliver
  • Gemma Griffiths

Sports Personality of the Year

  • Cuthbert Malajila
  • Eli Syman
  • Khama Billiat
  • Willard Katsande
  • Tendai Ndoro

Young Achiever of the Year

  • Panashe Chigumadzi
  • Eli Synman
  • DR Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe-
  • Tinashe Chikwanda
  • Tashinga Mutakwa

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