This page is dedicated to the South African Metal Music Awards, and fulfills the task set to www.metal4africa.com to serve as an independent observer to the awards and the processes used to ascertain the annual victors. The appointed individual at www.metal4africa.com (Patrick Davidson) is not a participant in the nominations and/or evaluation of the awards; his role is to ensure that the rules described within the SAMMA Operating Manual are adhered to, and to bring this information of the inner workings to the public space for scrutiny.
Historical SAMMA Documents for public interest
For the upcoming SAMMA 2018 (recognizing the achievements of 2017)
From the SAMMA 2017 (recognizing the achievements of 2016)
From the SAMMA 2016 (recognizing the achievements of 2015)
The Public Opinion Poll, F.Y.I
As per the SAMMA Operating Manuals for each respective year, the Public Opinion Poll is an intermediary process within the greater framework of how awards are determined. Therefore, Public Opinion Polls do not serve to determine an overall winner. It’s only function is to – with the public’s assistance – narrow down the nominations received from seven panelists to a limited five per category. The five items to score the highest votes in each category are then returned to the panel for further assessment.
The polls also serve to eliminate bands from being nominated in categories deemed by popular majority as inappropriate. Opinion on these matters of categorization often differ, and among panelists too; therefore in areas where a band is shown to have been initially nominated in more than one category, the public vote will also help to determine from which the band should be eliminated. Therefore, please do not vote for the same band in two categories, otherwise your vote in one of those will be meaningless if your favourite band falls out from that category owing to a more popular vote in another.
Spend your votes wisely! Think about it before you click
Watch this space for the 2018 Public Opinion Polls when they go live.
More about the Independent Observer
The currently appointed Independent Observer is Patrick Davidson, chief writer/journalist at www.metal4africa.com. His appointment to this role has been based on the merit of www.metal4africa.com as a viable information distribution channel, as well as the website’s credential as being a reliable source of accurate information.
Patrick has served in this role since 2016 and remains subject to the will of The SAMMA Organizer.
The role of Independent Observer is not permanent. The SAMMA Organizer, at its own discretion, is entitled to dismiss The Independent Observer at any time. The Independent Observer is entitled to resign from the role at any time. If members of the public (bands or fans) are not satisfied with who serves in this role for whatever reason, they are entitled to raise their objection with The SAMMA Organizer which may, at its own discretion, seek to remedy the objections by whatever means deemed necessary.