Johannesburg, 2 April 2012: McDonald's South Africa today announced Malope Makhura as the Top Jock 2012 competition winner. The announcement took place at an electrifying Grand Finale event held at The Venue, Melrose Arch on 30 March 2012 where ten DJs battled it out for the title of Top Jock.
Makhura first showcased his talent amongst his peers at the University of Limpopo where he was hand-picked by judge and party-starter DJ Euphonik. He went on to represent his university at the Grand Finale, where he battled it out with nine other aspiring DJs.
"The whole competition has been an overwhelming experience for me. Making it to the top 10 was a huge achievement, but being crowned the McDonald's Top Jock 2012 winner is really a great honour. I am thrilled to be the hottest student DJ and sharing the stage with well-established DJs was an opportunity of a life time," said Makhura.
Makhura was chosen by established DJ stars including DJ Euphonik, DJ Poppy, DJ Switch, Redwood and MVD in front of hundreds of music fans, VIPs and celebrities.
"Congratulations to all the finalists that battled it out tonight and especially Malope for walking away with the title of the McDonald's Top Jock 2012. The Top Jock competition was created by McDonald's to scout out Mzansi's musical talent and we definitely had the best talent playing here tonight," says Daniel Padiachy, Marketing Director of McDonald's South Africa. "We celebrate the youth of South Africa and share their zest for life. It is for this reason that McDonald's stays open 24/7 – to accommodate the needs of South Africans that are out and about late at night either working, studying or partying."
Competing against Makhura in the Grand Finale were: Thula Nombika (heat winner: Wits University), Sandile Ngetu (heat winner: UJ Kingsway), Simphiwe Gama (heat winner: TUKS), Bongani Mziza (heat winner: TUT PTA), Thato Tshabala (heat winner: UJ AP), Tshepang Motaung (heat winner: UFS), Jonathan Brown (heat winner: UCT), Moosa Patel (heat winner: Stellies) and Thato Ramoshaba (heat winner: Westville).
Makhura walked away with a 12-month DJ course and other desirable prizes to the value of R100,000 including a DStv HD PVR decoder. The winner will also showcase his skills on MTV (DStv Channel 321) and MTV Base (DStv Channel 322).