The ongoing national Lockdown may have disrupted everything that can’t go ahead with the haulting of operations across most industries, but the South African Film and Television awards weren’t about to skip this year’s shindig.
In line with the rise of entertainment experiences that are being put online, this year’s SAFTA’s, hosted by Dineo Ranaka, took place virtually.
It’s here that The River scooped no less than ten gongs for their stellar delivery of riveting storylines, a brilliant cast and an overall top notch production.
The 1Magic telenovela, which is produced by Tshedza Pictures, took home a bunch of prestigious trophies in 10 categories, which include Best Achievement awards in Scriptwriting, Telenovela and amongst others Best Editing.
Sindi Dlathu, whose portrayal of the ruthless Lindiwe recently helped her scoop the Favourite TV Actress award at the DStv Viewers’ Choice Awards, triumphed once more as she received the Best Actress in a Telenovela award. On The River, Dlathu has displayed range in her ability to embody her multi dimensional character.
The actress can seamlessly switch from being a calculating and ruthless boss lady to being a vulnerable pariah navigating a devastating fall from grace with finesse.
The telenovela got another nod for the cast’s acting chops as Mary-Anne Barlow walked away with the Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela award.
Other big winners included Florence Masebe, who received the Best Actress – Drama award. Recently, Masebe has been elevating the conversation about the funding and fair treatment of those who work in the South African creative industry. Mzansi Magic has yet to announce whether or not the popular drama series has been commissioned for another season.
Bongani Mantsai took the Best Actor award in a TV Soap for his performance on Scandal! The soapie is the highest rated show on e.tv and has been churning out riveting plots in recent episodes.
The channel’s focus on quality production was also highlighted when Rhythm City scooped the Best Supporting Actress in a TV soap (Kgomotso Christopher), Best Supporting Actor in a TV Soap for Mncedisi Shabangu, as well the Best TV Soap award. Imbewu won Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela gong.
And a bit of a rough April, what with being charged for spreading fake news by the minister of transport Fikile Mbalula in one hell of a shocker, Somizi has a lot to smile about. In it’s 4th season, his reality show Living The Dream With Somizi scooped the award for Best Structured or Docu-reality Show.
The season was a refreshing chronicle of Somizi and Mohale’s journey to marriage. We got glimpses of how the couple navigated their journey as a gay couple wanting to get hitched in a landscape that be sometimes fiercely heterosexist. Their journey culminated to their Showmax Wedding Special.
FULL LIST OF SAFTA 2021 WINNERS
- Best Short Film: The Letter Reader
- Best Student Film: Moya
- Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap: Rhythm City
- Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap: Getroud met Rugby
- Best Achievement In Original Music/Score – Telenovela: Isibaya
- Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Sound – TV Soap/Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Soap/Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Soap/Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Soap/Telenovela: Arendsvlei
- Best Actress – Telenovela: Sindi Dlathu – The River
- Best Actor – Telenovela: Roberto Kyle- Arendsvl
- Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela: Mary-Anne Barlow – The River
- Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela: Loyiso MacDonald – The Queen
- Best Actress – TV Soap: Denise Newman – Suidooster
- Best Actor – TV Soap: Bongile Mantsai – Scandal!
- Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap: Kgomotso Christopher – Scandal!
- Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap: Mncedisi Shabangu – Rhythm City
- Best TV Soap: Rhythm City
- Best Telenovela: The River
- Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama: The Republic
- Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Drama: The Republic
- Best Achievement in Editing – TV Drama: Spreeus
- Best Achievement in Sound – TV Drama: The Republic
- Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – TV Drama: Spreeus
- Best Achievement in Art Direction – TV Drama: Shadow
- Best Achievement in Wardrobe – TV Drama: Ifalakhe
- Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – TV Drama: Ifalakhe
- Best Achievement in Cinematography – TV Drama: The Republic
- Best Actress – TV Drama: Florence Masebe – The Republic
- Best Actor – TV Drama: Wiseman Mncube – eHostela
- Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama: Brenda Ngxoli – iThemba
- Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama: Seputla Sebogodi – The Republic
- Best TV Drama: The Republic
- Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature: Buddha in Africa
- Best Achievement in Cinematography – Documentary: The Sound of Masks
- Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary: The Fun’s Not Over: The James Phillips Story
- Best Achievement in Sound – Documentary Feature: Dying for Gold
- Best Documentary Feature: Buddha in Africa
- Best Natural History and Environmental Programme: STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War
- Discretionary Award – Natural History and Environmental Programme on Innovative Research: Cave Crocs of Gabon
- Best Children’s Programme: Words and Numbers Series 9
- Best Competition Reality Show: Ultimate Braai Master
- Best Structured or Docu-reality Show: Living The Dream With Somizi Season 4
- Best International Format Show: Celebrity Game Night S1
- Best Factual & Educational Programme: Op Seer Se Spoor
- Best Current Affairs Programme: Checkpoint – Work Hazards
- Best Variety Show: Mooi
- Best Youth Programme: MTV Shuga Down South 2
- Best Entertainment Programme: Emo 30 Jaar In Musiek
- Best Lifestyle Programme: Elders: Japan
- Best Made for TV Movie: Droomman
- Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film: Knuckle City
- Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Feature Film: Fiela se Kind
- Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film: Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer
- Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film: Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer
- Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Feature Film: Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer
- Best Achievement in Editing – Feature Film: Knuckle City
- Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film: Knuckle City
- Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film: Back of the Moon
- Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hairstyling – Feature Film: Knuckle City
- Best Actress – Feature Film: Clementine Mosimane –Poppie Nongena
- Best Actor – Feature Film: Bongile Mantsai – Knuckle City
- Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film: Anna-Mart van der Merwe –Poppie Nongena
- Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film: Patrick Ndlovu – Knuckle City
- Best Feature Film: Fiela se Kind
- Lifetime Achiever Award: Thembi Mtshali-Jones
- Youth Achiever Award: Thabo Welcome
- Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award: Boitsheko Keabetswe Malebo Matlhage
- Outstanding Provincial Contributor Award: Luzuko Dilima
- Emerging Filmmaker Award: Vusi Africa Sindane
- Best TV Presenter: Entle Bizana – Hectic on 3
- Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela: Imbewu
Nicole Wilmans Becomes The Sole Survivor on Survivor SA
Look who outwitted, outsmarted and outlasted.
Despite smashing through every challenge and breaking the record for the most wins for individual immunity on Survivor South Africa: Immunity Island, Chappies fell two places short of walking away with the honours he paced through tough scapes in hopes to win.
The ‘Challenge Beast’ played hard throughout the season, even pulling a miracle to win immunity when it mattered the most; landing him in the coveted top three spot from which the sole survivor must emerge. But in the end, despite literally jumping through hoops and other gruelling tests to emerge many times an unstoppable beast, we are learning once more that life is trickier. Being a clear contender for the top prize leaves the underdog with plenty of room to move and execute a slick victory at the finish line. See?
Instead nine of the ten members of the jury decided Nicole’s overall game and final plea deserved this glory. Anela bowed out in the top 2, coming as close as you can get. But with a R1 million cash prize at stake on the two-hour finale special, ‘almost’ didn’t count. In the end, it was unanimously decided that Nicole had played a better
With Chappies already holding a Survivor South Africa record after winning seven consecutive Individual Challenges, the odds were against Nicole and Anela in the surprise final Individual Immunity Challenge.
The gruelling endurance challenge lasted over two hours, with Anela falling first before Chappies blacked out and toppled from the precarious balance stakes to hand Nicole Individual Immunity and a seat in the Final Two. Effectively, the choice of who she would sit next to rested with her, as she would cast the only vote at the penultimate Tribal Council.
At camp, Chappies did his best to charm her with’ inside info’ gleaned from his breakfast with Jury member Anesu, while Anela took a soft-touch approach and told her he’d be at peace with whatever decision she arrived at. At Tribal Council, both Chappies and Anela did their best to tug at her heartstrings with emotional appeals, but her mind was made up over who she thought she had a better chance of defeating before the Jury – and she duly wrote Chappies’ name down, making him the ninth and final member of the Jury.
At the final Tribal Council, Anela opened the conversation by explaining how he’d used his sports coaching experience to set up his philosophy for the game, focussing on being the best at ‘getting the little things right’ and playing on pillars of ‘freedom of expression’, ‘simplicity’ and ‘flexibility’. Nicole explained how she’d never erred from her intention of playing the game with integrity, reliability, honesty and trust and how her decision to fight Chappies for Individual Immunity earlier in the game, while everyone else opted for a Spaghetti Bolognese feast, showed her determination.
Each of the Jury members took a different tack when speaking to the Final Two: Renier asked them both to explain why they deserved the title more than the other; Anesu questioned Anela about whether he’d genuinely stayed true to his intentions and Amy asked both whether they’d intentionally pretended to be anything other than their true selves.
Shaun made the simple statement that his vote lay with Anela; Kiran asked them to detail moves they’d considered, but never made; Marisha revealed that she was listening intently because she couldn’t decide which to vote for; Tyson said his decision was made and couldn’t be changed and Chappies questioned Anela about how he’d embraced his vulnerability during the game.
In the end, Nicole’s blend of sheer tenacity and integrity was enough to sway the Jury in her favour, trouncing Anela in the final vote.
eTV Scandal! Exodus Continues – List of All the Actors that Left
Check out all the actors that left eTV Scandal!
eTV’s Scandal! signalled it’s intent to move in a different direction with a new storyline by getting rid of some of the marquee actors and actresses on the show. The drama series shifted its focus from the many filler subplots to introduce a new family in town.
In retrospect, it seemed like the writers had hit a dead end after exhausting different plot lines for some of our faves. Case in point was the handling of Hungani Ndlovu’s exit from the soapie. His first disappearance suggested that we hadn’t seen the last of the actor until Romeo re-emerged out of nowhere…only to die thereafter.
Some of Ndlovu’s highlights include outsmarting the most cunning of adversaries in Kgomotso Christopher’s character, Yvonne ‘YV’ Langa and Neo Mokgethi.
The writers quickly filled the gap by shining the spotlight on Lusanda Mbane’s character, Boniswa Langa. This move gave the impression that she would be the new lead, as new cast members Mamba and Gorbachev were introduced to add more range and drama around her.
It seems like we’ve seen the last of Mlungisi Ngema, played by Patrick Mofokeng on Scandal! The same fate that befell Romeo happened to him as well. Death by river!!!
His onscreen wife, Gcina Nkosi who reprises the role of Zinzile Ngema may also be moving on as a result. It is still yet to be confirmed, however, all evidence points towards that direction.
Brighton Ngoma also bid farewell to his character Quinton Nyathi after 10 years on the show. His exit gave viewers a glimpse of what to expect from the Kubeka family. While a freak accident may have taken his life, it showed just how resourceful the family was at evading the law and getting away with murder.
It was not too long ago when we were celebrating his marriage to Thembeka Shezi (Masasa Mbangeni). Masasa returned to the soapie only to be brutally murdered by arch-nemesis, Mthunzi Mayisa a few months later.
Who’s Leaving eTV Scandal! Next?
It is rumoured that Lerumo Chabedi (Tshepo Masese) and his father Neo Mokgethi (Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha) will be killed off the show in the next few weeks. No doubt that the new family will have something to do with it. Lerumo has been investigating the death of Quinton that has led him to the trail of the Kubekas. It remains to be seen what happens next.
The remaining Langas may also be ushered out of the story based on current events. Xolile Langa, who is brought to life by Sivenathi Mabuya will exit the show and will be followed by Bathabile Mashigo (Grace Medupe). Seems like her final act was to kill Boniswa. After selling her shares at the Newtonian Hotel, she will disappear from the show.
Catch all of this and more on the latest episodes of Scandal! which air on e.tv from Mondays to Fridays at 19h30.
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Abasemzini is Not Another Awful Show Parading Black Family Failure
How this new reality show is creating a safe environment for healing.
There’s a litany of dreadful reality shows all paddling the same stale narrative of dysfunction within black families. Abasemzini, which premiered on Friday, 3 September at 20:30 on 1Magic, is not one of them. The 13-part series, now two episodes in, seeks to explore complicated relationships between mothers and their mothers-in-law within the landscape of the traditional African marriage institution.
We tuned in on the promise that the show marked an exit from the tired trope of mothers in law and the women married to their sons are bound to be on each other’s necks. “The aim of (of the show) is to restore happy families and equip both parties with conflict management skills they can use in their everyday lives” Nomsa Philiso, the Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net said in a press statement ahead of the show’s premiere.
This intention could be why we are seeing, instead of chairs flying and witchcraft and social grant family scandals, families being put in an environment where they can actually focus on the underlying emotions shaping their behavioural patterns. All these realities matter, of-course, including some of the messy drama that we see splashed across all the shows. That said, it’s all we see about dynamics in black households now.
Where the producers of Abasemzini could have made the decision to create a toxic environment in which these women are merely attacking each other in unfortunate TV drama spectacles, the focus has been solely on healing.
The show’s presenters Lehasa Moloi and Puleng March have maintained a calm vibe, encouraging the mothers and their daughters-in-law units to understand each other. It’s refreshing also to see the conversation about mental health being elevated in a way that is natural in this type of environment. Clinical psychologist and TV host Nozibusiso Nyawose and psychologist Vuyo Themba assist each pair through a range of bootcamp exercises. Some of these are fun, but others are more serious treatments to deep emotions held by those taking part.
We will be watching. Abasemzini airs Fridays at 20:30 on 1Magic.