Johannesburg, South Africa – The glitz, the glamour, and glittering night of celebration is back! The Feather Awards XV is thrilled to announce the fabulous and fierce nominees for 2023. As we gear up for a spectacular night of recognition and revelry, get ready to unleash your inner unicorn and let your true colors shine. It’s time to celebrate the unique tapestry of the LGBTQIA+ community and honor those who have made a significant impact in the realms of entertainment, advocacy, and more!

As always the Feather Awards XV promises to be a night like no other, where we come together to honor our community’s outstanding achievements and contributions. In this spirit of celebration and unity, we are excited to announce our nominees this year. The list includes dazzling stars, inspiring activists, and community leaders who have not only risen but also shone brightly.

The Feather Awards XV is an event that symbolizes unity, diversity, and empowerment. We are proud to celebrate all the nominees who have touched our hearts, minds, and lives in so many unique and extraordinary ways. Taking place on Thursday, 9th November 2023 at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, media, partners and other key stakeholders will gather to recognize and applaud these fantastic individuals for their incredible contributions to the LGBTIQ+ community.

For a third consecutive season, the beloved Modiselle sisters, Refilwe, Bontle and Candice will return as the 2023 hosts.

And the 2023 Nominees for the Feather Awards XV are:

Best Styled Individual 

  • Musa Keys
  • PonaHalo
  • Yaya Mavundla

Hunk of the Year 

  • Thembinkosi Mthembu
  • Mondli Makhoba
  • Toss

Diva Extraordinaire of the Year

  • Mrs Mops
  • Sorisha Naidoo
  • Swanky Jerry

Sports Personality of the Year

  • Andile Dlamini
  • Akani Simbine 
  • SA Netball 

Role model of the Year

  • The Fruit Basket
  • Tony Kruger
  • Patsy P. Alley 

Cutest Couple

  • Mandisa Mfeka & Kenay
  • Buhlebendalo & Botshelo
  • Xihla & Busi

Hot Chick of the Year

  • Uncle Waffles
  • Homba Mazaleni
  • Mordecai

Media Award of the Year. 

  • The Lunch League
  • Sowetan / S Mag
  • Kasi 2 Kasi Queer Cinema 

Fag hag of the Year 

  • Nhlanhla Mafu
  • Tamara Dey
  • Musa Mthombeni

Designer of the Year (new category)

  • Gert-Johan Coetzee
  • Otiz Seflo
  • Lulama Wolf


  • Tyler ICU
  • Bongezizwe Mabandla
  • Lloyiso

Socialite (Seen at every opening of an envelope or an erection of a stop sign)

  • Lethabo Lejoy Mathatho
  • Tshiamo
  • Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa

Drama Queen

  • Joku
  • Lebo M
  • Ayanda Ncwane

Social Media Personality of the Year  

  • Sethu Nkosi
  • Barbie Jackson
  • Sabelo The Creator 

Best LGBTIQ+ Initiative: Private Sector 

  • Miss SA
  • Woolworths
  • Nike

Best LGBTIQ+ Initiative: Public Sector 

  • Do Better

Best LGBTIQ+ Youth Movement 

  • Sacred Heart School
  • Phuti Lekoloane Foundation
  • WAQE

Best Rainbow Parenting 

  • Zodwa Rannyadi
  • Nandipha Jovuka
  • Abraham Sebidi 

This year, the Simon Nkoli Award will be awarded to the multi talented, award winning South African sweetheart Thandiswa Mazwai.

The 15th annual Feathers Awards, is produced in partnership with the Thami Dish Foundation.

              “This year we are here to celebrate the diversity, creativity, and resilience of all communities, during these challenging times” commented Thami Kotlolo, co-founder of the Feather Awards and added, Finding support for our initiatives continues to be a struggle, but we are forever inspired by the boldness and braveness of the Queer community in continuing to push boundaries, claim spaces and create greater freedom for all. Thanks to them, we can continue our work in the community at large to educate and sensitize, culminating into this fabulous annual gathering of all things queer and beyond. Congratulations to all our wonderful nominees for the Feather Awards XV!  We celebrate you! “

Stay tuned for more updates, surprises, and, of course, the grand reveal of the winners at the Feather Awards XV. Let’s paint the town with all the colors of the rainbow!

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#Road2SAMA29 set to kick off on 3 October 2023 with nominee and new home announcement – Save The Date

Johannesburg, Monday, 18 September 2023 – The Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) officially kicks off the #Road2SAMA29 as the countdown begins to the nominee announcement which is set to take place on Tuesday, 3 October 2023 in Soweto, Johannesburg. 

A special announcement is also set for 3 October 2023 which will see South Africa’s flagship music awards find a new home. This exciting partnership will bring about the biggest SAMA roll out to date, as the #Road2SAMA29 will activate across multiple cities anchoring on music, fashion and tourism. 

“The South African music industry has produced exceptional music over the past year and seen our artists take their brands to new heights both locally and globally. We are proud to officially kick off #SAMA29 and look forward to sharing with the country some exciting new developments as the SAMA’s finds a new home,” shares RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi.

Save the date to follow the journey of seeing South Africa’s highest music achievers honoured in a multi-dimensional way.

Connect with the SAMAs:

Instagram: @thesamas_

Twitter: @TheSAMAs

TikTok: @thesamas_ 

YouTube: samusicawards

Facebook: South African Music Awards

Website: www.samusicawards.co.za

Hashtags: #SAMA29

A Final Call For #SAMA29 Entries

Johannesburg, Friday, 14 April 2023 – This is a final call for all artists and music organisations representing artists. #SAMA29 submissions close today at midnight. This is your last chance to be part of SA’s most prestigious music awards. Enter now: www.samusicawards.co.za

Entries eligible for a SAMA consideration in over 30 genre categories, should have been released between 1 February 2022 and 14 April 2023.

The awards are open to all South African citizens and Permanent Resident card holders. Other artists from the continent holding an African passport or ID may enter in the category “Rest of Africa”.

South Africa’s longest standing and most sought-after music awards ceremony is underway with the invitation from the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) for musicians to submit their entries for the 29th edition of the SA Music Awards (SAMAs).

Don’t miss the chance to receive the highest music honour that artists can receive in South Africa. Enter now on our website www.samusicawards.co.za or deliver physically at Unit 1, 152 Bram Fisher Road, Randburg.

Connect with the SAMAs:
Instagram: @thesamas_
Twitter: @TheSAMAs
TikTok: @thesamas_
YouTube: samusicawards
Facebook: South African Music Awards
Hashtag: #SAMA29
Website: www.samusicawards.co.za

Mahlangu and Schoenmaker the Stars of the Gauteng Sports Awards

Johannesburg – On Saturday, 13 November Matric student, Ntando Innocent Mahlangu bagged the Disabled Sportsman of the Year and the Sports Personality of the Year award, at a glittering awards ceremony while queen of the pool, Tatjana Schoenmaker was crowned Sportswoman of the Year.

Following a hiatus in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that rocked the world and put many people into very challenging situations, it was with a smile on her face that Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Mbali Hlophe hosted the finalists at the blazing awards ceremony. 

“We wish to congratulate all winners and finalists of this year’s Gauteng Sport Awards”, MEC Mbali Hlophe. “The last 20 or so months have been difficult for all in the sporting industry, especially the athletes and those who help them train. Therefore it has been a big pleasure and indeed a privilege to once again be able to reward our stars of today and tomorrow. Athletes are inspirational and make a big difference in uplifting society and for that they need to be recognised and rewarded. We hope that tonight’s awards have been able to go some way in making up for the last 18 months of challenge and hardship. Know that your efforts as athletes, coaches and administrators do not go unnoticed and for that we are grateful. Congratulations to all who were nominated and all who have received awards. We hope that tonight will have inspired a new generation of sports women and men.

Mahlangu cleans up at Gauteng Sports Awards
Mahlangu was the obvious choice as Disabled Sportsman of the Year having won Gold at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this year. The double amputee won the 200m in the T61 category, clocking 23.59sec, only slightly off his own world record of 22.92sec set in Gqeberha in April this year. The 200m Gold Medal was a fitting end to the Games for Mahlangu after having won the Long Jump competition with a world record leap of 7.17m. 

Mahlangu’s inspirational story also caught the attention of the South African public who voted in their numbers that the 19-year-old Mahlangu earned the title of Sports Personality of the Year. At the age of 10, in 2012, the decision was made to have the operation after Mahlangu had spent most of his life to that point in a wheelchair. At birth he had been diagnosed with fibular hemi-melia; a congenital condition that affected both his legs from the knee down. Children who have fibular hemimelia are born with a short or missing fibula (one of the two bones in the lower leg).

Schoenmaker races away with Sportswoman of the Year
It comes as no surprise that Tatjana Schoenmaker was crowned the 2021 Gauteng Sportswoman of the Year after her incredible performances throughout the year that culminated in Olympic Gold and Silver and a World and Olympic Record. Schoenmaker received the award on Saturday 13 November at a glittering Awards Evening at Gallagher Estate, with the Awards being broadcast live on SABC1. 

Schoenmaker stunned the world when she swam 2:20.17 for the 200m breaststroke in Durban at the SSA Swimming Grand Prix in April to post the fastest time in the world before heading into the Olympics. If ever there were any doubts that she was more than just a medal contender, then that time laid those to rest very quickly. 

It also came as no surprise then, that her coach, Rocco Meiring was handed the Coach of the year award.

Lifetime of the Year Award goes to the Slashing Tiger
Every year, the Gauteng Sports Awards recognises an athlete, a coach, an administrator or an individual who has made a big impact in people’s lives through sport. In 2021 the Lifetime of the Year Award was bestowed upon Johannes “Slashing Tiger” Sithembe who, through Sport, was able to avoid a life of gangsterism and crime. 

Sithembe joined the gym at the age of 19 to avoid the scourge of gangsterism in his neighbourhood. After turning professional in 1966 Sithembe promptly was crowned Transvaal Flyweight Champion. What followed was a lucrative and successful professional career with a World Title shot in 1974. 

After suffering an injury to his eye, a detached retina, Sithembe was forced into retirement.

Moss makes merry
Morgan Moss was crowned Sportsman of the Year ahead of Miranda Malaika and Proteas Cricket Captain, Temba Bavuma. Moss made it to the round of 32 at the 2021 Karate Olympic Qualifying tournament in Paris, France in June this year. 

Reigning SA Champion in the 57kg division, boxer Miranda Malajika was runner up in the category, with Bavuma, surprisingly finishing third.

Montjane, takes Disability Sportswoman title
There were no surprises that Kgothatso Montjane was voted as Sportswoman of the Year in the Disabled Sports Category.

Montjane has long been flying the flag for South Africa in wheelchair tennis and in 2018 she became the first black South African woman to compete at Wimbledon. 2021 was a phenomenal year for the 35-year-old, making the finals of Wimbledon in both the singles and doubles. She also progressed to the semi-finals of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open in the singles tournament.

MEC Hlophe went on to thank the winners and nominees for their courageous efforts in trying times. “There have certainly been some incredible performances from her feats in the pool that saw Tatiana Schoenmaker come back with two Medals and a World Record at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. To the evergreen KG Montjane who flies the flag very high on the international tennis circuit. We thank all of you for your efforts, dedication and the inspiration you have provided. Long may it continue and we wish you the very best for the future.”

The evening was wrapped up in stunning performances all round from the show hosts, Andile Ncube & Xoli Ngcobo to the artists including Oskido, Young Stunna, Kabza and Maphorisa, AKA, Costa Tich, Brenda Mtambo as well as Kamo Mphela and a troupe of dancers choreographed by Lee-che “Litchi” Janecke who dazzled the crowd.