The nominees for the 2017 awards were announced at a glitzy event in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening, attended by some of the biggest names in SA music
Amazulu hitmaker Amanda Black was perhaps the happiest on the night, scoring nominations in the Best Pop, Best Female, Best RnB, Best New Artist and Song of the Year categories.
Babes Wodumo, Nasty C and Kwesta all scored four nominations each.
The prestigious Song of the Year category will be contested by Babes Wodumo (Wololo), Musa & Robbie Malinga (Mthande), Kwesta (Ngud), Amanda Black (Amazulu), Dr Malinga (Akulaleki), Durban’s Finest (Umsindo), King Monada (Ska Bhora Moreki), Nasty C (Hell Naw), Lebo Sekgobela (Lion of Judah) and Black Motion (imali).
The 16th Metro FM Music Awards awards will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre on February 25.
African Pop Album: Musa- Mr Serious, Amanda Black- Amazulu, Vusi Nova- Naninina, Soul Kulture- Ngeliny’langa, Sjava – Isina Muva
Best Collaboration: Ms Pru – Ameni, Bucie – Rejoice, DJ Speesta – Mayo, Kwesta – Mayibabo
Compilation Album: DJ Tokzen – Nnthi’s Essential Selections 7, DJ Qness – Essential Selections, DJ Fresh
Dance Album: Babes Wodumo- Dr Malinga Mobi Dixon Mpumi DJ Merlon
Female Album: Amanda Black, Babes, Wodumo, Kelly Khumalo, Lebo Sekgobela, Brenda Mntambo
Group Album: Jeziel Brothers, The Soil, Soul Kulture, Durbans Finest, Encore
Hit Single: Citi Lyts – Vura, Riky Rick – Sidlukotini, AKA – One Time, Ms Pru -Ameni, DJ Speedsta – Mayo
Hip Hop: Kwesta, A Reece, Anatii, Nasty C, DJ Slique
Kwaito: Mshoza – Abantu Bam, L’vovo – Amatin tin, Vetkoek and Mahoota – Sohamba ngo7, Sosha – Good Times
Male Album: Nasty C – Bad Hair extensions, Kwesta – Dakar 2, Sjava – Isina Muva, Mobi Dixon- Live the Music, A Reece – Paradise
Music Video: Duboiz – Dope Dream, Benchmarq- All on Me, Khuli Chana – One Source, Mafikizolo- Kucheza, Anatii – Jump
New Artist: Babes Wodumo, Nasty C, Amanda Black, Sjava, Soul Kulture
Urban Gospel Albums: Dr Tumi – Love & Grace, Lebo Sekgobela – Restored, Joyous Celebration – Joyous 20, We will Worship – Mmuso, Khaya Mthethwa- The Dawn
Urban Jazz Album: Jimmy Dludla, Brenda Mntambo, Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, Henry Philemon
R&B Single : Amanda Black, Floda, Charlie Mindgames, Zonke, Joocy
Remixes: DJ Ganyani – Talk to me, Prince Kaybee – Don’t Give Up, Thee Legacy – Wena, Wedwa Bob”Ezy – Close To You, Thee Lagacy – Sthandwa Sami
One Africa Award: Tekno, Vee Mampeezy, Tiwa Savage, Kommanda Obbs, Patoranking
Song of the Year: Babes Wodumo – Wololo Musa ft Robbie Malinga – Mthande Kwesta – Ngudu Amanda Black – Amazulu Dr Malinga – Akulaleki Durban’s Finest ft Professor- Unsindo King Monada – Ska Bhora Moreki Lebo Sekhobela – Lion of Juda Black Motion – Imali
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Ford South Africa says it’s now received almost half the number of Kuga 1.6l model vehicles which have been recalled
The company recalled 4,500 vehicles due to safety regulations.
Over 30 Kuga drivers, who believe the car manufacturer should be held accountable after their vehicles caught alight, are now preparing for a class action lawsuit.
Reshall Jimmy died when his Kuga burst into flames in 2015.
The Jimmy family believes Ford needs to be held responsible.Ford SA CEO Jeff Nemeth says they have not received any information about the class action
“Nothing has been filed and we’ll respond to it when we have sight of it. We only have sight of what they said at the press conference.
I think it’s really important to note the vehicles we recalled are for an engine compartment fire. The Jimmy car did not have an engine compartment fire.”
Nemeth has reiterated the importance of taking the specific model in to various dealerships.
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South Africa’s made its economic case at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country is on the right path to dealing with current local and global challenges facing the economy.
His address at the annual event, comes as the World Bank announced that it expects South Africa’s GDP to accelerate by 1.1-percent this year.
The World Economic Forum got into full swing on Tuesday, as global political and business leaders made their annual trek up the Swiss Alps.
South Africa’s delegation is headed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
He highlighted Team SA’s central message at the WEF Annual Meeting that the economy is on a sound footing and that the country remains open for business.He emphasised the theme of collaboration between government, business and labour, focusing on implementing economic reforms and transformation
And South Africa learnt that lesson very well back in 2016 – with the threat of a economic downgrade.
It seems they’ve brought that same collaborative attitude to Davos.
“As we embrace technology and the fourth industrial revolution we are going to see more and more job losses and this is where our partnership with labour, business and government is going to stand us in good stead – it is that that is going to enable us to navigate our way around what this means,” said Ramaphosa.
Globalisation is on everyone’s lips at the moment, in the aftermath of the US election and Brexit. It’s being blamed for job losses, disaffected citizens, election outcomes and social alienation.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan also indicated that the global economy is in an unpredictable space speaking on the sidelines of WEF. Gordhan says the next three to six months are crucial.
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Technology and data have helped government to improve the efficiency of delivering massive infrastructure projects such as the building of schools and hospitals
“We are sharp-bending the infrastructure delivery pipeline. We have made remarkable progress in leveraging, harnessing and applying smart technologies and systems, with business intelligence capabilities to deliver and drive infrastructure development,” Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo said.
Speaking on Monday at the 1st United Nations Data Forum in Cape Town, MEC Mamabolo said South Africa’s development blueprint, the National Development Plan, identified infrastructure as the key driver of economic growth, job creation and the primary tool to change the spatial landscape inherited from apartheid.
This was characterised by racially-skewed development patterns and the neglect of black residential areas.According to Statistician General Dr Pali Lehohla, the Lutsinga Infrastructure House uses technology to track spending and project milestones to ensure that public infrastructure is delivered on time, at the correct quality and within budget
The project nerve centre houses systems that have the Immovable Asset Register including properties and land parcels that are critical for all build and construction projects.
It also has a Construction and Built Project Management Dashboard, the Expanded Public Works Programme Dashboard, the E-maintenance Dashboard as well as an Infrastructure Monitor that measures and reports on the socio-economic impact of the department’s work.
The Grove of the Nations in Jerusalem, established by KKL-JNF, symbolizes peace between nations and solidarity with the state of Israel and the Jewish people
Heads of states from all over the world plant an olive tree there on behalf of their countries during their visits to Israel, and the King of Swaziland was the 89th leader to participate in planting.
“Planting an olive tree symbolizes peace, and we indeed aspire to maintain bonds of peace and good relations with all the countries of the worlds,” said Prime Minister Dlamini in his speech.
The Kingdom of Swaziland is located in the southern part of the African continent and borders on South Africa in the north, south and west, and Mozambique in the east.
It has a population of 1.2 million people, and most of its inhabitants live in villages.
Matityahu Sperber, Chairman of the board of Hemanutah Ltd, said: “Many delegations plant trees in the Grove of Nations, but today is truly a special day.
The tree that we are planting symbolises the friendship between us in the past, present and future. We will continue to strengthen the bond between our peoples and countries.”The ceremony was facilitated by Karine Bolton-Laor, Director of the KKL-JNF International Cooperation and Conferences Department
She told the guests about how KKL-JNF has been developing Israel for the past 115 years.
“KKL-JNF is committed to creating a better future,” she declared.
She mentioned the agricultural development programs that KKL-JNF is carrying out in partnership with several African countries, and added: “I hope that Swaziland will become our new friend.”