IN DECEMBER 2001, the talented trio of Mafikizolo nearly perished in an accident when two of its members Nhlanhla Sibongile Mafu and Theo Kgosinkwe had to be hospitalized after their car was involved in a smash with a train in North West province. God's hand saved them and as they would discuss the matter today, it brought them much closer. It made Mafu, Kgosinkwe and Tebogo Madingoane to work even harder, and it paid dividends with their 2002 album aptly titled "Sibongile", Zulu for Thank you God. The album was the much-sought-after record and the group has been in demand to perform almost every week.
It came as no surprise when Mafikizolo won two prestigious awards for the album Sibongile in April 2003. They won the Best Duo or Group and Best Afro Pop Album categories. Ironically, they went to collect both South African Music Awards at the same province, North West, at Sun City Super bowl, not far from where they were involved in an accident. They were also honoured with a Metro FM-Cell C Award special award in December 2002.
In October 2003 the group received 7 nominations at the Metro FM awards. The finals will be held in Durban in 14 November 2003.