Zimbabwe was the biggest winner on the night as the 5th edition of Zimbabwe Achievers Awards SA (ZAA SA) attracted a packed house with people from various backgrounds flocking to the Hilton Hotel in Johannesburg to celebrate the winners and nominees of 2019.The honours were given to 15 recipients that included honorary, academic, business, sport, media, entertainment and community categories as well as the newly introduced Oliver Mtukudzi Zim-Based Music Artist of the Year award which was given to Zimdancehall star Wallace Chirumiko, aka Winky D.
Actress and media personality Mbo Mahocs was one of the big winners as she scooped a double as ZAA also honoured businessman Nevile Kambasha.
The awards were held for the second consecutive year running at the five-star Hilton Hotel in Sandton and attracted a guest list which included Ambassador David Hamadziripi, Consul-General Henry Mukonoweshuro as well as business leaders, showbiz personalities, professionals and various guests.
In his speech Ambassador Hamadziripi commended the work done by ZAA and took time to thank people for the continued efforts in meeting the plight of those affected by Cyclone Idai and building the country.”Let us continue to recognise and encourage one another even beyond this event. I encourage us to continue working together and building for the general development of our country and ensure progress for years to come,” he said.
The Ambassador’s words were echoed by Mtimadze Group CEO Muzi Kunene who exhorted everyone to be agents of positive change in cultivating the necessary skills required to take the country forward. He encouraged Zimbabweans to continue engagement with their South African counterparts and learn and exchange skills in a mutually beneficial way that will see both countries scaling new heights.
Winky D received the special Honorary Award from Rabison Shumba as ZAA paid tribute to late Honorary Patron Dr Oliver Mtukudzi who passed away in January this year after a long fight with diabetes. A pre-recorded video of his acceptance was played in which he spoke of how Tuku mentored and influenced his career. He thanked ZAA Board for the recognition and vowed to continue making strides in his career in a manner that will honour the legacy of the late music icon.
Speakers on the night included WorldRemit Country Director Pardon Mujakachi, Mtimadze Group CEO Muzi Kunene, ZAA Advisory Board member Marjorie Ngwenya, ZororoPhumulani CEO Edwin Anderson and Sarah Masiyiwa who spoke on the destruction caused by Cyclone Idai and how everyone can continue helping to rebuild and donate to affected areas as people get ready for #thenextmile. A video documenting the natural disaster’s impact as well as relief measures being taken was played as people went on to observe a minute of silence for the victims.
Guests were kept entertained by a lively presentation by MC on the night Lawrence Dube who kept things flowing, with sensational musical performances by Berita and Bekezela who both paid glowing tribute to Tuku with excellent renditions of the hit song Neria in their separate perfomances.
Other highlights included an acceptance speech from Justin Magidi of Taal-Net Group of Schools who gave a heartfelt tribute to his mother, who was in attendance, for her support and dedicated his win to her.
Actor Leroy Gopal left everyone in stitches with a witty acceptance speech for his Personality of the Year award, poking fun on how he is often mistaken to be Indian because of his last name, before he broke into a colourful monologue in Shona.
Bridget Mudhosi also showcased her comedy skills with an improv speech when she accepted the Peter Ndlovu SA based Footballer of the Year Award on behalf of Khama Billiart as she impersonated the footballer on stage.The Business of the Year Award, sponsored by BN Business Solutions was taken by Taal-Net Group of Schools who operate a number of private boarding schools in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The Young Achiever of the Year Award provided a joint win for Ruvimbo Samanga and Collins Saguru taking the honours.
This year’s awards were headline sponsored by funeral and financial services provider ZororoPhumulani, BN Business Solutions, WorldRemit who are offering a promotion for first time transactions to Zimbabwe using the promo code FREEZAA, Africa Medallon Group, Mtimadze Group and CMG Media International. The annual awards celebrate Zimbabweans doing exceptional achievements in the diaspora and are now present in five countries including the UK, USA, Australia, South Africa and Canada.
Up next on the calendar are the ZAA UK edition on Saturday 25 May in London with the Canada edition taking place on Saturday 29th June 2019 at Radisson Hotel.
Here is the full list of the ZororoPhumulani 5th Annual ZAA SA Winners
Chairman’s Honorary Award – Nevile Kambasha
Academic Honorary Award- Professor Willie Chinyamundiri
Academic Honorary Award- Dr Tatenda Dalu
Oliver Mtukudzi Zim-Based Musician- Wallace Chirumiko aka Winky D
Male Entrepreneur of the Year- Walter Muwadi
Female Entrepreneur of the Year- Norah Spie
BN Business Solutions Business of the Year- Taal-Net Group of Schools
Professional of the Year- Cynthia Pongweni
Community Organisation of the Year- Ambassador4Change
Peter Ndlovu SA Based Footballer of the Year Award- Khama Billiart
Sports Personality of the Year Award- Stephen Bhasera
Community Champion of the Year- Delphino Machikicho
Simba Mhere Media Personality of the Year Award- Mbo Mahocs
Personality of the Year Award- Leroy Gopal & Lorraine Sibanda
Music Artist/Group of the Year Award- Berita
Media Production Practitioner of the Year- Monalisa Chisango
Author/Writer of the Year- S’phetheni Ncube-Ngoneni
Young Achiever of the Year- Collins Saguru & Ruvimbo Samanga
People’s Choice- Mbo Mahocs
For more visit www.zimachiever.com/sa