South Africa leads with eight nominations at the 2019 Regional Annual Sport Awards

14 May 2019

South Africa leads with 8 nominees for the Regional Annual Sports Awards 2019 - an announcement which has resulted in much patriotic fanfare and excitement all around South Africa for the recognition of its talented sports men and women in the African region.

3 of the nominations are a celebration and an affirmation of of the awe-inspiring sport performances of South Africa’s golden girl, Caster Semenya, who is nominated in the categories of Sportswoman of the year as well as Sports person of the year whilst her coach, Samuel Sepeng,  is nominated in the Coach of the Year category.

The categories within which SA is nominated for in 2019, continue to showcase the growing recognition of women in their leadership and participation within the sporting fraternity. The nomination of Journalist of the year boasts South African Sport Awards 2018 winner Ms. Motshidisi Mohono; whilst Banyana Banyana boast a nomination in the category of Sports Team of the Year.

Last year South Africa’s sporting talent scooped 5 awards from the 9 nominations at the 2018s Regional Annual Sports Awards, RASA,  which was held at Birchwood Hotel in South Africa on 26th May 2018. Team SA, scooped awards in the categories of: Sportsman of the year (Luvo Manyonga); Sportswoman of the year (Caster Semenya); Sportswoman of the year with a disability (Illse Hayes); Coach of the year (Jean Vester) as well as Journalist of the year (OG Molefe).

This year the awards are hosted by the Namibia Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service and will be held on 25 May 2019 at Safari Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia.

The Regional Annual Sports Awards, is a tangible platform of AUSCR5’s mandate of driving the agenda for sustainable development of sport at all levels as well as accelerating implementation of the African Union Policy Framework for Sustainable Development of sport in Africa. As a platform, RASA enables the realisation of AUSCR5’s objective of giving Honours and Awards to member States, teams and individuals in recognition of their meritorious service to sport or for outstanding achievement in sport. Sportsmen and women are recognised in twelve categories of the awards whose theme is “Celebrating Excellence, Inspiring Innovation”.  

This year South Africa is nominated in the categories of: Coach of the year (Samuel Sepeng); Journalist of the year (Motshidisi Mohono); Sports Team of the year (Banyana Banyana); Sportsman of the year (Chad Le Clos); Sportsman of the year with a disability (Ndodanzi Jonathan Ntutu); Sportswoman of the year (Caster Semenya); Sportswoman of the year with a disability (Anrune Liebenberg) as well as Sportsperson of the year (Caster Semenya).

The question on Mzansi supporters’ lips is: How many awards will Team SA scoop this year.


Mickey Modisane
Chief Director of Marketing and Communications
Sport and Recreation, SA
082 992 0101