Mbokodo Awards 2016


JOHANNESBURG, NOVEMBER 22, 2016 - The Mbokodo Awards, an event to recognise women who have shown leadership, fostered growth and made efforts to strengthen the arts, will be held on Thursday December 8th at the Inanda Polo Club.


This year we are celebrating four milestones: The 5th anniversary of the Mbokodo Awards; the 20th anniversary of a constitution which is progressive towards women’s rights; the year-long 60thAnniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings to protest against the extension of pass laws to women and the 70th anniversary of UNICEF defending the rights of children.

The awards are indeed a unique platform that consolidates the incredible work done by South African women through honouring their immense contribution in the fields of arts and culture. 





Message from the convenor and producer of Mbokodo Awards


The Carol Bouwer Productions team is proud to present the third installment of the Mbokodo Awards. The arts sector has never been more vibrant. We close yet another year of having witnessed vibrant works by Mbokodo Award winning Zanele Muholi’s whose Parisian exhibition which was not only a visual triumph but also truly illustrated her curiosity around mixed media as she invited Also Mbokodo award winning poet Napo Masheane to narrate lyrics that embodied the spirit of the images presented! The result- an audio visual feast depicting the Africa we wish for the world to see rather than the one the world tells us we are!.

We are truly honoured to also have the work of our winners endorsed by the Ministry of Women in the Presidency as well as the Department of Arts and Culture. Minister Nathi Mthethwa has had a full programme this year from championing policy to also ensuring national days are observed with by all sectors of our society but most importantly for us- he was an important voice for the sector when our artists were called to their last place of rest as we saw amongst many examples when our much loved Mandoza passed. We add our voices now to say nilale ngoxolo to the many artists who were lost this year and we say till we meet again...






Mbokodo Awards 2016: 60 years on...


In the year 2016 the Mbokodo Awards are celebrating five years of being the sole platform that awards excellence in the arts from across all art disciplines to female artists across South Africa. This also happens to be the same year that the country marks the 60 year milestone since the iconic and revolutionary march of the Mbokodo Women Of 1956. To this end we have themed our fifth year instalment of the awards; ’60 Years On…’

Our main awards show will take our guest audience through a journey that marks significant South African milestones and events from that revolutionary women’s march of 1956 till present day. The role that women have played in our historical landscape as a country will be highlighted- allowing our show to position women as key role players in the building of the democratic and diverse country we enjoy!


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