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Finding African solutions 

It's a beautiful late Sunday evening, representatives of  Nigeria, Ghana,  Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt,  Malawi...Uganda, Cameroon, I mean... The whole of Africa is gathered at the Ball room in Fourways Monte Casino for a night of honour and acknowledgement. Carob Magazine attends the 2nd Annual Mkhaya Migrant awards.

A United Africa

There's one thing that all great African leaders have in common. Their undisputed love for Africa and dedication to making it a better place. One such leader is minister of Home Affairs South Africa,  Malusi Gigaba. 

Making it obvious where his interest lies with his choice of attire, Malusi Gigaba made a grand entrance arm in arm with his wife draped in a kente inspired suit. The Ghanaian kente cloth is known to be a sacred cloth worn only in times of extreme importance and is only reserved for royalty in Ghana. 

"Tonight, we have convened to honor those who have distinguished themselves in different categories of our national life and who, by their actions, have elevated our country’s name and its humanity – UBUNTU – beyond our national borders." Malusi Gigaba opened his speech with a warm welcome of the guests.

"We are trying to re-frame the discourse and understanding in the country about migration. First and foremost we are trying as the Department to manage migration so that there are tangible benefits that arise from the process.

We also want to highlight the fact that there are many immigrants in our country that are making phenomenal contribution to the development of South Africa.

We want to dispel the myth that immigrants are a drain on our society and they are just here to disadvantage us in all sorts of ways.

Our aim is also to dispel another myth that South Africans are generally Xenophobic, Afrophobic. ..
Through the Mkhaya Migrant awards we will highlight the positive contribution of immigrants in our society, we will also highlight the contributions of South Africans in other parts of Africa.

The fact is that it is neither desirable nor possible to stop international migration; what we need to do is manage it to realize its benefits." He said as he closed his speech.

The awards kicked off with an African dance piece that got the whole audience in motion. 

The ballroom was filled with dignitaries from all over Africa, donned in their colorful  traditional garments. The dress code for the evening was traditional wear or black tie.

Our host for the evening was South African TV presenter Sizwe Dhlomo and Radio presenter Ayanda Allie Payne.

Thandiswa Mazwai dazzled the audience with songs from her latest album ' Belede" and her hit single " Nizalwa ngo bani? "

Tanzanian singer Ali Kiba also lit up the stage with his beautiful music.

Other artists that performed  were Kelly Khumalo, Tamara Dey and DJ Zinhle. Some of the VIP  guests included Yvonne Chaka Chaka,

Khanyi Dhlomo  of Destiny Magazine

Zizo Beda, and many more, (see pictures below)

The panel of judges included African Business Expert Victor Kgomoeswana, William Okpara, Ntsako Mbhokota,  Raks Morakabe and George Mwamba.

The winners according to their categories were:

ARTS AND CULTURE (Winner = Delfina Ester Raimundo Munguambe)

BUSINESS (Winner = Bliss Chemicals – Shoaib Iqbal)

(Winner = Abdikadir Khalif Mohamed )

SPORT (Winner – Khama Billiat)

OR TAMBO (Winner – Dineo Meko )

MOST INTEGRATED COMMUNITY (Winner – Thembelihle Crisis Committee )