PJ Powers Thandeka | Milestones
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  • On 31 May 2018, PJ was honoured in the Performance and Celebration field at the Inaugural Usiba Awards hosted by Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa at Emperors Palace. These awards are aimed at celebrating and preserving the legacies of artists for generations to come and were a collaboration between the department and the Creative & Cultural Industries Federation of South Africa.
  • 2018 PJ received the Luminary Award from Michael House in recognition of her decade-long contribution to original South African music.
  • 2017 PJ was honoured with the SOS Humanitarian Award at the Green Ambassador’s Guild Awards in Zimbabwe
  • 2016 PJ and President Kgalema Motlanthe were both awarded the JM Busha Award for their contribution towards democracy and harmony
  • 2015 PJ was awarded with the Bull & Bear Award by the South African Stock Exchange together with Dennis Goldstein, the longest living member of the Rivonia Trialists
  • In 2014 PJ Powers published her memoir, “Here I Am”, written with Marianne Thamm, an award winning journalist.
  • 2013 PJ was honoured with a Living Legends awards [the Department of Arts & Culture) for outstanding contribution towards South African music and Drakensberg Promotions in 2015.
  • 2011 she was also voted one of the top ten people brands in South Africa
  • 2009 the Living Legends Award.
  • 2008 the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation honoured her and singer Sibongile Khumalo with their prestigious annual award, promoting reconciliation for bringing people together.
  • 2007 PJ was awarded PJ “The Children’s Choice” award for having “made a difference in uplifting the youth of South Africa”. She has also been a tourism ambassador for South Africa, and has been given the Freedom of the City in Mozambique.
  • 2006 The Department of Justice gave PJ Powers the award for Peace and Reconciliation which if given to individuals who bring South Africans together in 2006.
  • For eight years she was the lead singer in “Hotline” South Africa’s biggest selling band at the time.
  • 1987 received a letter from Nelson Mandela in prison thanking her for what she was doing for the country
  • 2000 Nelson Mandela presented PJ Powers with a commemorative limited edition gold coin
  • Appointed a South African Tourism Ambassador
  • June 2003 the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation honoured her and singer Sibongile Khumalo with their prestigious annual award, promoting reconciliation by “singing people together”
  • September 2003 food chain Pick ‘n Pay nominated her as one of their “Stars of Charity” for having “made a difference in uplifting the youth of South Africa”
  • In 2004 she was voted 93rd in the Top 100 Great South Africans.
  • Won the Sarie Awards for best female artist 7 times consecutively
  • Nominated for a Pick n Pay Children’s Choice award
  • In 1995, her recording of the Rugby World Cup official song featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, “World in Union”, reached no. 47 on the UK Singles Chart, She performed the song live at the opening of the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Cape Town for a worldwide television audience.
  • PJ has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Hugh Masekela, Divine Divas, Lord Richard Attenborough, Richard E. Grant, Sibongile Khumalo, Janet Suzman and other prestigious names.
  • PJ sang for Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
  • In 1994 she sang at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela
  • She collaborated with Vicky Sampson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and M’du Masilela for the music video flighted at the United Nations Assembly in Washington, D.C. and in Greece.
  • PJ also wrote an 85th birthday song for Mandela, which she sang for him and guests including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey at his party in 2003.
  • In 2009, Powers’ recording of “World In Union” was featured in the Academy Award-nominated film, Invictus.
  • PJ Powers has been extensively involved with the Reach For a Dream Foundation, as well as the Hamlet Foundation.
  • She was commissioned by the Presidency to write and perform a song for the Children’s Rights Commission.
  • 18 gold discs
  • 7 platinum discs
  • Top 10 People brands in SA
  • Most outstanding South African Award
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