Of awards, sports stars and proudly SA socks

We love awards season. What better way to ease out of summer than by curling up with some popcorn to swoon over beautiful famous people in ball gowns and tuxedos? On Saturday night we settled in for the SA Sports Awards, celebrating the country’s finest athletes from across disciplines. (At least two members of the Wrap team were hoping to get a glimpse of their unlikely crush, SA Rugby Union Director Rassie Erasmus. 😆) It was a triumphant return after a two-year Covid-necessitated hiatus. The biggest winners of the night were Olympic 200m breaststroke champion and record holder Tatjana Schoenmaker, who walked away with the coveted Sports Star and Sportswoman of the Year awards, and Springbok winger and rags-to-riches hero Makazole Mapimpi, who was named the Sportsman of the Year. Congratulations! 👏🏾

Meanwhile, the countdown to the 2022 edition of the Grammy Awards is underway  – and never mind gowns and suits, we’ll be checking out people’s socks. That’s because local designer Sibusiso Ngwenya, aka Skinny Sbu, is the event’s “official sock partner”, as TimesLive reported. His socks will be the only African brand included in the Grammy swag bag that’s handed out to nominees, performers, presenters and journalists. Looks like international success is afoot for the sock man, who is especially excited to represent South Africa alongside two other local stars, telling City Press: “I look forward to our very own Grammy Awards host Trevor Noah and nominee Black Coffee being there. It’s a big moment for me to be one of the three South African boys representing our country at this prestigious event.” Sock it to ‘em, Sbu.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 17 March  2022. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.