The Limpopo department of Sports, Arts and Culture hosted awards in honour of athletes and artists who originates from their province.
Seventeen categories were contested where those who have done well in the year were acknowledged and honoured.
The biggest winner of the night however, was South Africa’s Rio Olympics golden girl, Caster Semenya who scooped the sports woman of the year award including overall winner of the year.
Newly installed MEC for the department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Onica Moloi graced the event with her presence, alongside the Minister of communication Faith Muthambi.
The best high school in sports recognised for its excellence.
SABC’s own scooped best sports journalist of the year, and many others recognised for their achievements in different sporting codes.
Semenya who scooped the sport’s women of the year category and overall achiever of the year could not attend the awards.
In her absence, her mother and siblings ascended the stage on her behalf.
Her family is proud of her achievements.
“I am very happy for her, we are over the moon. I cannot express the joy, I am very happy,” says Casters sister, Mmaphuti Semenya.
The Department plans to rename The Olympic Tower at their offices to Caster Semenya Building.
Something the new MEC says will show how proud the Limpopo government is of Semenya.
“We are going to take it up with the premier to ensure that we name the Olympic Towers now to be Caster Semenya House,” says Moloi.
Muthambi, who also hails from Limpopo says that sports emancipation will lead to a well-developed province.
As part of heritage month celebrations, Tsonga traditional dance Xobelani kept the audience mesmerised.[Source: SABC]