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Johannesburg, 7 September 2016: Entertainment channel BET (DStv channel 129) has revealed its definitive list of 2016’s top 20 South African movers and shakers, The BET A-List.

The honourees of the inaugural The BET A-list were revealed by BET A-List hosts Nandi Madida and Ayanda Thabethe on Wednesday 7 September at a star-studded event in the Arcadia Ballroom, The Westcliff, Johannesburg.

South Africa’s sporting heroes led the field, scoring honours for both Caster Semenya andWayde van Niekerk.  The creative arts also scored high as director Thabang Moleya and novelist, poet and playwright Zakes Mda were recognised by BET, along with actress Terry Pheto and TV/film producers Shona & Connie Ferguson, who made the list as Game Changers (TV/Film).
Internationally renowned fashion designer David Tlale was named A-List Style Icon while hip hop star Riky Rik won points for his stand-out style as the BET A-List’s Most Stylish Musician.  Publisher and businesswoman Khanyi Dhlomo was pronounced BET A-ListEntrepreneur while DJ Sbu was recognised for his philanthropic efforts.  TV favouritesBonang Matheba and Somizi Mhlongo took home the titles for BET A-List Radio and TV Personality, while hilarious trio Nicholas, Jason and Donovan Goliath were named BET A-Listers in the field of comedy.

Contemporary musicians continued to dominate the BET A-list, with legendary DJ and producer Black Coffee named BET A-List DJ, while AKA was crowned BET A-List Social Media Star. Last but by no means least, Cassper Nyovest was decreed BET A-List Game Changer (Music) while Nasty C was dubbed BET A-List Rising Star.

BET A-List Radio & TV personality (Female): Bonang Matheba
BET A-List Radio & TV personality (Male): Somizi Mhlongo
BET A-List Actress: Terry Pheto
BET A-List Director: Thabang Moleya
BET A-List Writer: Zakes Mda
BET A-List Game Changers (TV/Film): Shona Ferguson & Connie Ferguson
BET A-List Comedians: Nicholas Goliath, Donovan Goliath & Jason Goliath
BET A-List DJ: Black Coffee
BET A-List Game Changer (Music): Cassper Nyovest
BET A-List Rising Star: Nasty C
BET A-List Most Stylish Musician: Riky Rick
BET A-List Style icon: David Tlale
BET A-List Social Media Star: AKA
BET A-List Sportswoman: Caster Semenya
BET A-List Sportsman: Wayde van Niekerk
BET A-List Philanthropist: DJ Sbu
BET A-List Entrepreneur: Khanyi Dhlomo

Commented Monde Twala, VP, BET, Youth & Music, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, “We are excited to reveal our new flagship entertainment show BET A-List and to simultaneously highlight individuals and groups who we feel are in class of their own – men and women who are achieving above and beyond, flying the flag for SA beyond our borders, and helping to transform our culture, in many different fields.  These are the people whose names are on everyone’s lips, who are wanted on every red carpet, and who you’ll find at the top of every guest list in the country.”

Covering achievers from sports to entrepreneurship, music, fashion, film, television, literature and more, the BET A-List was compiled and curated by BET’s in house programming and talent team, focusing on achievers who best exemplify contemporary achievement and who are making a huge impact in their personal field of endeavour.

To watch highlights of the event, including the awards presentations, tune into BET  A-List onBET (DStv channel 129) on Thursday 15 September at 18:35 CAT.
For more information on The BET A-List, please visit, like us on Facebook at or join the conversation about the list on Twitter and Instagram @BET_Africa using the hashtag #BETAList.

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