The fate of approximately 80 nominees who have been shortlisted across 24 categories will soon be sealed as they vie for their spot at the coveted KZN Sport Awards 2019.

The seventh KZN Sport Awards, to be hosted by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the KZN Sports Confederation, is expected to attract 800 guests from all over KZN and South Africa.

The prestigious event which will be held at the Durban ICC on the 12th of October seeks to recognize and reward the exceptional performances and accomplishments of athletes, administrators, coaches, teams and sports media personnel from KZN, on and off the field.

Top achievers in the Province’s sporting landscape for the period 1 August 2018 up to and including 31 July 2019, will be acknowledged.

A stringent judging process is facilitated by an independent and esteemed panel of judges comprising sports writers, administrators and representatives of recognized sports bodies.

The nomination process begins with Sport Federations, Recreation Bodies and media houses submitting names of nominees for consideration. Thereafter, a shortlist is finalized by the panel of judges before eventually selecting deserving winners in each category.

The awards will serve as a platform for taking a firm stance against any form of gender-based violence. The sports fraternity stands united in their messages of support to encourage awareness on this important social issue.

Three times Comrades Marathon champion and nominee for the Sportsman of the Year award, Bongmusa Mthembu, said: “We are all human – we all feel pain, and we all need love and protection. God created us to love and appreciate each other so we, as men, should protect children and women in South Africa and any part of the world. I stand firmly against gender-based violence.”

Netball star, Bongiwe Msomi, winner of the Sportswoman of the Year 2018 award for the second year in succession and nominee in the same category this year, said: “Gender-based violence, and violence in general, is not just a private matter but a public one that needs to be exposed for it to be challenged in South Africa.” 

She encourages women to talk more often about their problems and abuse, and to take a stand on fighting against gender-based violence in the hope of a positive outcome.

“I am privileged to constantly be involved in the sports industry and to be surrounded by prominent athletes to keep my mind positive. More individuals need to be actively involved in constructive groups and around people that add value to their lives,” she said.

Breaking two African records this year, nominee for the Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability award, Alani Ferreira, said she believes in no form of violence and all South Africans should show their support to the national effort to end gender-based violence.

“We need to make South Africa a place of safety, especially for the youth and to create a platform to strengthen the support for gender-based violence programmes and services,” she said.

Ferreira believes that the more women talk about their abuse or issues, the more they encourage other women to take a stand for their rights.

She said it was time to break the silence for women and it is high time for change in South Africa.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite sports personalities through an SMS vote line in the Sports Personality of the Year category. SMS KZNSPORT2019 followed by the corresponding number of your favourite sports star to 33285. Voting lines are now open. 

Only a maximum of 10 votes per number will be permitted for theSport Personality of the Year category.

MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Hlengiwe Mavimbela, said: “The Department of Sport and Recreation is delighted to host another exciting Sport Awards to honour our sports personalities who have represented our province at national and international podiums.”

“We are using the awards ceremony to highlight the scourge of gender based violence and the sporting fraternity is taking a stand in calling for an end to this unnecessary violence,” she said.

MEC Mavimbela called on the public to vote in numbers for the Sport Personality of the Year Award among the 12 nominees.

Winners of the different categories will be submitted for nomination in the national South African Sport Awards to take place next month.

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