Metro FM affirmed its position as the Coolest Radio Station at the Awards for the fifth year in a row, followed by 5FM and Umhlobo Wenene FM. SABC1’s Uzalo was voted Coolest TV Soap and Khumbul’ekhaya was voted Coolest Community Programmes 2017. Skeem Saam, also broadcast on SABC1, came in at third place in the Coolest TV Soap category.

“The SABC congratulates its radio stations and TV programmes for being recognised and receiving these important awards. This is an affirmation that SABC as the public broadcaster remains an important part of the South African media landscape and that it will continue to deliver on its public service mandate to all South Africans, from all walks of life. These awards bear testimony that SABC Radio and TV brands are still relevant with younger South Africans and we must continue to use these platforms to inform, educate, and entertain our listeners and viewers with new and exciting innovations”, says Elouise Kelly, SABC head of marketing.

The Awards are presented by the Sunday Times Generation Next Youth Survey, which gathers opinions and attitudes of young people between the ages of 8 and 22 to determine which brands they think are the ‘coolest’ and most relevant in their lives.

The survey is conducted by HDI Youth Marketeers. The survey has been running for the past thirteen years and has become the go-to source of information for brands wanting to tap into the younger segments of the market.

Other winners from the SABC stable at the Awards include:

  • Muvhango (SABC2) – Coolest TV Programmes/series 2017;
  • 100% Youth (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017;
  • Skeem Saam (SABC1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017;
  • Soul City (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017;
  • Soul Buddyz (SABC1) – Coolest Community Programmes 2017;
  • 7de LaanCoolest TV Soaps 2017;
  • Generations – The Legacy (SABC 1) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017;
  • Isidingo (SABC3) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017;
  • The Bold and the Beautiful (SABC 3) – Coolest TV Soaps 2017;
  • YoTV (SABC1) – Coolest Kids TV Channels/Blocks 2017;
  • Survivor (SABC3) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017;
  • Zaziwa (SABC1) – Coolest Reality TV Shows 2017;
  • Ukhozi FMCoolest Radio Stations 2017; and
  • Lesedi FMCoolest Radio Stations 2017.