City matched their longest unbeaten record of eight matches in all competitions prior to losing 2-1 to Orlando Pirates in the league at Peter Mokaba Stadium last night.
Rise and Shine beat Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United, and drew with SuperSport United in the Absa Premiership last month, but were knocked out of the Telkom Knockout last-16 on penalties by Matsatsantsa.
Veteran playmaker Maluleke was recognised for his efforts, which included providing assists against SuperSport and Maritzburg.
City finished a lowly 12th in the standings in 2017/18 under the tutelage of Bernard Molekwa. They currently find themselves in fourth place on the table with 17 points from 10 matches under new mentor Vukusic.