South Africa is about to launch what is probably the richest awards ceremony in the entertainment industry in this country.
The annual Stars of Mzansi Awards are the local version of US's Emmy Awards.
The spokesman for the Mzansi Awards committee, Simphiwe Mthembu, said the awards would honour men and women who have been role models in their communities and have helped to shape the history of the country.
The awards succeed the Duku Duku awards.
Mthembu said any South African who had achieved some degree of excellence in the entertainment industry stood a chance to be nominated for the awards. The awards, the brainchild of SABC1's Mzansi Fo Sho, were designed to honour and breed more role models in our communities.
"South Africans will choose their own shinning Stars of Mzansi by casting their votes via SMSes and a dedicated website. All 31 nominees for Stars of Mzansi, who will be carefully selected by top entertainment journalists and well-known critics, will be announced during the launch tomorrow in Johannesburg," Mthembu said.
He said the awards would give South Africa "the glamour, the bling-bling and the real makoya red carpet for all the men and women who have made their mark and helped to put this country on the map".
"South Africa needs more men and women who lead the way and shine for our future generation."
The overall winner will be taking home R1 million, with half of it to be donated to a charity organisation of his or her choice.
The Stars of Mzansi awards categories include:
Mzansi Sports Star, Mzansi Star Actress, Mzansi Star Actor, Mzansi Star TV Presenter, Mzansi Music Star, Mzansi Star Club DJ, Mzansi Star Fashion Designer, Mzansi Star Comedian, Mzansi Star TV Show, and Mzansi Star Radio Show.
l The launch will take place at The Venue in Melrose Arch tomorrow.