Legends are lined up for South African Hall of Fame
SUN CITY – Gary Player, Hugh Masekela and Johnny Clegg will be inducted into Sun International’s South African Hall of Fame, with Elon Musk and Miriam Makeba also in the pipeline.
Former Bafana Bafana player Doctor Khumalo, and former coach, Clive Barker, share a moment after receiving their awards at their induction into Sun International’s Hall of Fame. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
South Africans can look forward to the induction of some of the country’s biggest contributors in sport and performing arts in Sun International’s South African Hall of Fame, in upcoming months.
Legendary golfer, Gary Player is set to be inducted in November, with performing artists Hugh Masekela and Johnny Clegg up next, early next year.
Former Bafana Bafana captain, Neil Tovey speaks at his team’s Hall of Fame induction. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
Sun International’s group chief strategy and operations officer, Rob Collins explained that the South African Hall of Fame recognises South Africans who have made significant contributions to the country.
He was speaking at the recent induction of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning Bafana Bafana team, which saw a prestigious dinner with celebrities, guest speakers and live entertainment at Sun City.
“In every country, there are people who have made contributions, and many countries have a hall of fame,” said Collins. “They are not just the successes of sports people, but of performing artists, commentators, people in science, and others – we want ours to be recognised.”
Player won 167 professional golf tournaments in his career, including nine majors on the Professional Golfers Association tour, and nine on the Senior Tour. For Collins, he is arguably the greatest sportsman South Africa has ever produced.
Jazz artist and apartheid activist, Masekela released more than 40 albums over five decades and received the highest order in South Africa from President Jacob Zuma – The Order of Ikhamanga. He also received a Lifetime Achievement award at the World Music Expo in Denmark in 2011.
Clegg’s campaigning against apartheid and personal battle with cancer did not impede on his musical career, having received a nomination for a Grammy and winning a Billboard award. He also holds honorary doctorates from four tertiary institutions after a 40-year career.
Former Bafana Bafana players, team management and their families are applauded on stage at their Hall of Fame induction. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
Collins divulged that he hoped to also induct inventor and co-founder of Tesla, Elon Musk, and the late performing artist Miriam Makeba in the future.
Sun International group chief strategy and operations officer, Rob Collins divulges who is next to be inducted into the South African Hall of Fame. Photo: Nicholas Zaal
Induction : Mr Gary Player | KNIGHT OF HOPE
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On 4 November 2017 as part of the Unison Music Celebration at Sun International’s Time Square we are celebrating the inspirational journey of Ladysmith Black Mambazo by officially Inducting them into the South African Hall of Fame. Not only have they left something bigger and longer lasting behind than just themselves. They inspired the world through their performances.
We need to preserve their remarkable inspirational journey for hundreds of years to come.
And the South African Hall of Fame powered by Samsung will celebrate, inspire and empower our greats moments and achievements in South Africans history. This legacy project will remember those great for hundreds of years to come. Sun International and Samsung partnered with the South African Hall of Fame because they share the value of leaving legacies, inspiring South Africans and empowering all cultures within our Rainbow Nation to reach their full potential.
They rose to worldwide prominence because of singing with Paul Simon on his 1986 album Graceland, and have won multiple awards, including four Grammy Awards. They were formed by Joseph Shabalala in 1960 and later became one of South Africa’s most prolific recording artists, with their releases receiving gold and platinum disc honours. The group has since become a mobile academy, teaching people about South Africa and its culture.
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