Each and every talent deserves to be recognized no matter how small people may think they are. Mabopane Social Awards ceremony gives local talent the platform to be recognised. The aim of these awards is to appreciate those who make their township great because what they do is pretty amazing. That’s why this event was created so they can get applauded for their hard work in their respective communities. Some of the people that are nominated have production companies that teach the youth from musical instruments to creating their own music and some have clothing brands that can go a long way.
“My primary intention is for them to them to acknowledge that as the community we see their hard work and hustle” said Katlego Mafatlha, one of the co-founders of Mabopane Social Awards. Katlego works alongside two other co-founders, Koketso Makgopela who is the Head of Creative Design and Phenyo Victor Morolong who is the Chief Operating Officer, together they run a company called Sneaker Party Movement which is the one behind the awards event.
Mabopane Social Awards initially started in October 2018 when one of the co-founders, Katlego Mafatlha, posted on Facebook nominating people around Mabopane on their achievements, the post trended until people requested an actual awards ceremony event. After some consideration Katlego and partners concluded and started planning for the event on January 2019. Talents that are nominated are indicated by people around Mabopane and also neighboring communities such as Ga-Rankuwa and Soshanguve as they will also be part of awards.
The categories of the awards are as follows, Best female and Male House Dj, Best HipHop Artist, Best RnB Artist, Best Producer, Best Event Set up, Best local clothing Brand and Best HipHop Dj. People who wish to vote can do so through a link that will be uploaded on the Mabopane Social Awards page. Katlego said that in hosting such an event they encouraging the youth that those who put in the hard work will be awarded, “I have heard a few people saying and asking that “if they push will they be nominated for next year” this is the kind of thing that motivates the youth to do better” added Katlego.
Before the actual event there will be activation events at different venues where the nominees will be performing to the public as to why they should vote for them. The Mabopane Social awards ceremony will be on the 28th of September 2019, people can access their page to get more information about the awards.
BY: AMOGELANG RAMOTSHO.