The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa has announced the return of the 16th edition of the South African Sport Awards (SASA). The awards will be held on Saturday 25 March, 2023 Sun City Superbowl in the North West Province.

Some noatble nominees include Mamelodi Sundowns ladies goalkeeper Andile Dlamini nominated for Sports Stars of the year alongside Ashleigh Buhai and Mathew Sates. The awards carry a total of 19 categories including the Sport Star of the Year award and the People’s Choice Athlete of the Year award.

All categories recognise performances from the individuals, teams and administrators of the South African sporting fraternity for the period under review 01 September 2021-31 August 2022.

Minister Kodwa in his nominees reveal remarks indicated the following:

“The South African Sport Awards serves to recognise and honour individuals and teams within the Sporting fraternity who have excelled both on and off the field of Sport. This prestigious recognition event will be delivered under the theme ‘Celebrating sporting excellence.”

South African Sport Awards Nominees 

SPORT ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR    
Portia Dimu
Sibongile Fondini
Cornelia Swanepoel

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
Michaela Whitebooi
Lara Van Niekerk
 Shabnim Ismael

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR
Akani Simbine
Andy Birkett
Pieter Coetzee

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
Jonathan Ntutu
Donald Ramphadi
Christian Sadie

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR WITH A DISABILITY
Cornelle Leach
Kat Swanepoel
Minke Janse Van Rensburg

COACH OF THE YEAR

Neil Powell
Hilton Moreeng
Rocco Meiring

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Thato Moeng
Hloni Mthimkhulu
Mathews Mpete

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
Samkelo Gambushe
Ronnie Tippett
Steve Haag

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Simnikiwe Bongco
Marco Jansen
Mustapha Cassiem

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Joy Goulooze (Life saving)
Zizo Popu (Eastern Cape)
Marissa Potgieter (Para-Sport Classifier)

SPORTS STAR OF THE YEAR
Andile Dlamini
Ashleigh Buhai
Mathew Sates

TEAM OF THE YEAR
Banyana Banyana
Proteas Women ODI
SA Rugby 7s

FEDERATION OF THE YEAR
Cricket South Africa
South African National Boxing Organisation
South African Sport Association for The Physically Disabled

RECREATION BODY OF THE YEAR
Peace Players SA
Waves For Change
Color Run SA

INDIGENOUS GAME TEAM  
Limpopo-Ncuva
KZN-Khoko
Eastern Cape- Drie Stokkies

SCHOOL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Edendale THS (Women’s football)
Drostdy High School (Tug of war)
St Benedict’s College (Rowing)

DEVELOPING SCHOOL OF THE YEAR
Kopanong Primary School (Cricket)
Madiba-A-Toloana (Rowing)
Helen Frans Special School (Wheelchair Tennis)

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (this category Sport fans are encouraged to participate by voting for their athlete of choice by dialling *120*32020# followed by an alphabet representing your athlete of choice) and the nominees are:
A. Refiloe Jane
B. Ayabonga Khakha
C. Tatjana Schoenmaker  
D. Themba Zwane
E. Kagiso Rabada

President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Zizi Kodwa as the new minister of Sport, Arts and Culture following a cabinet reshuffle. Kodwa takes over from Nathi Mthethwa who is no longer part of the national executive.

WHO IS ZIZI KODWA?

Kodwa started serving in the COSAS in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape where he was a member of the ANC in the 80s.

He later served in SASCO and was subsequently elected as the SRC Deputy President and later elected SRC President at the University of the Western Cape.

Kodwa was also elected to serve in the PEC of the ANCYL in the Western Cape. He worked at the National Office of the ANCYL where he served as Office Manager under the Presidency of Cde Malusi Gigaba and later Cde Fikile Mbalula.

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Kodwa was appointed as Head of the Office of the President in Luthuli House and also Spokesperson to President Zuma in 2007. In 2010, he was appointed Special Advisor on Communications to the President of South Africa, H.E President Zuma.

In 2012, he was elected into the NEC of the ANC and subsequently appointed National Spokesperson of the ANC. After 2017, he was re-elected into the NEC of ANC and elected as an NWC member. He was also appointed Head of Presidency in Luthuli House.

In 2019, he was again elected into National Parliament and subsequently rejoined the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa where he was appointed Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for State Security.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: NEW MINISTER APPOINTMENTS AFTER CABINET RESHUFFLE

Khumbudzo Ntshavheni: Minister in the Presidency

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Ms Maropene Ramokgopa: Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa: Minister in the Presidency responsible for electricity

Mondli Gungubele: Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies

Thembi Nkadimeng: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Noxolo Kiviet: Minister of Public Service and Administration

Sihle Zikalala: Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure

Zizi Kodwa: Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture

Patricia de Lille: Minister of Tourism

Sindisiwe Chikunga: Minister of Transport

NEW DEPUTY MINISTERS

Nomasonto Motaung and Mr Kenneth Morolong: Deputy Ministers in the Presidency

Sisisi Tolashe: Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

Pinky Kekana: Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

There will also be two Deputy Ministers for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Parks Tau and Zolile Burns-Ncamashe.

– There will also be two Deputy Ministers for Water and Sanitation, David Mahlobo and Judith Tshabalala

Bernice Swarts: Deputy Minister of Public Works

Dipuo Peters: Deputy Minister of Small Business Development

Obed Bapela: Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises

Lisa Mangcu: Deputy Minister of Transport

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