Byline: Refeloe Letsoisa

06 November 2023

Thabo Ndlovu, a contestant from Mpumalanga, made history by winning the grand farewell final of Idols SA Season 19 on Saturday, 04 November 2023.

Idols SA has been one of South Africa’s sought-after music competitions over the past 19 years.

Ndlovu, a 24-year-old contestant from Emalahleni Local Municipality, is the fourth Idols SA winner from the province.

The Premier, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, says that by winning the title, Ndlovu has registered his name among the galaxy of stars in the music arena.

“We congratulate Thabo for winning such a coveted music accolade in the history of Idols SA.

He represents dozens of young people in our province who are standing on the edges to prove their talents,” Mtshweni-Tsipane stated.

In this year’s competition, two Mpumalanga contestants battled it out for number one.

Ndlovu faced Princess McDonald (24) of Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.

In the history of the competition, three contestants from Mpumalanga have won, namely, Musa Sukwene, Karabo Mogane, and Zama Khumalo.

Mtshweni-Tsipane says even though Ndlovu is the ultimate winner, McDonald proved herself to be a winner in her own right, and that the pair represented Mpumalanga very well throughout the competition.

“She too is a winner because her hard work and dedication have brought her to the second position.

This shows she has what it takes to be a winner,” the Premier explained.

Ndlovu’s victory is a testament to the good musical record that Mpumalanga has.

“The fact that two of the contestants in the finale are from Mpumalanga, as well as three of the previous winners, is evidence enough that we are a province with a musical DNA.

Ndlovu, just like his predecessors, has nailed the colors of Mpumalanga to the mast,” the Premier stated.

She further urged the youth to emulate the example set by Ndlovu and all the other luminaries of the province.