Despite the pandemic disrupting most of the television production last year, Mzansi actors and actresses pushed through the extremely taxing conditions to deliver jaw-dropping performances every week. It would only be fitting to award each and every one in the industry with an award for the sheer commitment to the craft.
But since this is not a perfect world, only those that displayed Herculean resilience to keep us gripping our seat have received nods for the 15th South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs).
It was an exceptional year for content on the streaming service Netflix, with a total of 45 SAFTA nominations. The front runner is How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, leading the pack with 10 nominations. They go up against viewer’s favourite The River and Legacy, which earned 12 nominations on their debut season. Its quite telling, since both shows are from the local production house, Tshedza Pictures.
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Here is the full 2021 SAFTA nominees list:
Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film
Ira Blanckenberg, Toorbos
Jane De Wet, Griekwastad
Tarryn Wyngaard, Stam
Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film
Hakeem Kae Kazim, Riding with Sugar
Justin Strydom, Dust
Nicholas Campbell, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Feature Film
Riding with Sugar
Best Short Film
Best Student Film
Binding Adventures from The Animation School
Flower in the Subway from The Animation School
The Boy and the Robin from The Animation School
Best Made for TV Movie
A Christmas Chorus
Home Affairs – A Christmas Tale
Best Documentary Feature
A New Country
Days of Cannibalism
Day Zero Films
How to Steal a Country
Mother to Mother
Best Documentary Short
Lefu – The Funeral
Lindela under Lockdown!
When the Flame Speaks
Best Made for TV Documentary
Badimo S1 – Music and Trance
Chasing the Sun
Evolution of Mzansi Street Culture
My Story of Kwaito – I am Still In Love with Kwaito
Best Structured Soapie Reality Show
Lebo M: Coming Home
Life with Kelly
Somizi & Mohale: The Union
Best Variety Show
Mzansi Magic Music Specials
Republiek van Zoid Afrika
Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar
Best Online Content
AFI Fashion Week 2020
Noko Mashaba – Lockdown Shandis
Best TV Presenter (Public Vote Category)
Devi Sankaree Govender, The Devi Show
Dineo Ranaka, Yimlo
Entle Bizane, Hectic on 3
Palesa Tembe, Afternoon Express
Katchie Nzama, Come Again
Katlego Maboe, Tropika Island of Treasure Curacao
Waldimar Pelser, KN Verslag in Gesprek
Best Actress – Feature Film
Elani Dekker, Toorbos
Inge Beckmann, Stam
Tinarie Loots, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Best Actor – Feature Film
Andre Odendaal, Gat in die Muur (Hole in the Wall)
Gideon Lombard Lombard, Stam
Tshamano Sebe, 8
Best Actress – Telenovela
Crystal Donna Roberts, Arendsvlei
Mary-Anne Barlow, Legacy
Sindi Dlathu, The River
Best Actor – Telenovela
Dawid Minnaar, Legacy
Menzi Ngubane, Isibaya
Presley Chweneyagae, The River
Best Supporting Actress – Telenovela
Rami Chuene, Isono
Michelle Botes, Legacy
Quanita Adams, Arendsvlei
Best Supporting Actor – Telenovela
Andrew Buckland, Legacy
Lawrence Maleka, The River
Meshack Mavuso, The River
Best Actress – TV Soap
Cindy Swanepoel, Binnelanders
Petronella Tshuma, Rhythm City
Shoki Mmola, Skeem Saam
Best Actor – TV Soap
Clint Brink, Binnelanders
Cedwyn Joel, Suidooster
Bongile Mantsai, Scandal!
Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap
Mapula Mafole, Rhythm City
Masasa Mbangeni, Scandal!
Portia Joel, Suidooster
Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap
Molefi Monaisa, Skeem Saam
Mothusi Magano, Skeem Saam
Roderick Jaftha, Getroud met Rugby
Best TV Soap
Best Actress – TV Drama
Kate Liquorish, Still Breathing
Tiffany Barbuzano, Still Breathing
Tina Jaxa, Erased
Best Actor – TV Drama
Abduraghman Adams, Melody
Brandon Auret, Still Breathing
Zolisa Xaluva, Kings of Joburg
Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama
Jay Anstey, Inconceivable
June van Merch, Sara se Geheim
Lorcia Cooper, Housekeepers
Zola Nombona, Lockdown
Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama
James Ngcobo, Queen Sono
Lindani Nkosi, Housekeepers
Michael Richard, Still Breathing
Best TV Drama
Blood and Water
Best Actress – TV Comedy
Busisiwe Lurayi, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Chanelle de Jager, Kniediep in die Warm Water
Mari Molefe van Heerden, Die Vlieende Springbokkie
Best Actor – TV Comedy
James Borthwick, Hotel
Keenan Arrison, The Riviera
Mandla Jwara, Black Tax
Best Supporting Actress – TV Comedy
Chantal Herman, The Riviera
Clementine Mosimane, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Martelize Kolver, Hotel
Best Supporting Actor – TV Comedy
De Klerk Oelofse, Hotel
Desmond Dube, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Motlatsi Mafatshe, How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Best TV Comedy
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
Mark your calendar’s so that you don’t miss the event that will take place on Saturday, 22 May. The award ceremony will be broadcast on SABC 3, DStv Channel 193.
All of the Winners at The Royalty Soapie Awards 2020
Full list of all the winners.
On Saturday evening, a constellation of stars and supporting cast were honoured for their outstanding work. The 4th Royalty Soapie Awards celebrated the South African soapie industry in style with comedian Mpho Popps and deejay Lerato LKG Kganyago performing hosting duties.
All of your favourite soapie stars were dressed to the nines, as they gathered to celebrate fellow thespians who were recognised for their commitment to their craft and playing a vital role in the performing arts.
The show kicked things off with the announcement of the winners in the technical categories honouring outstanding editing, lighting, art direction and directing teams in a soapie. Ushered by the sound of award-winning songstress, Shekinah with her track ‘What a Love’.
The creative categories followed paying homage to the writing teams that pens imagination to tell stories loved by viewers alongside the beauty gurus (Make-up & Hair) and fashionistas (Wardrobe) that sets the trends in the make-believe world of soapies.
One of the highlights of this year’s awards show was a special moment with the public vote winner and superfan, Frans Mohale who co-presented the public vote category the Most Popular Soapie of the Year alongside Lootlove.
Another first for The Royalty Soapie Awards was a beautiful ‘In Memoriam’ tribute to all the entertainment artists, pioneers and legends who have left a legacy in the industry remembered through a touching tune from Toya Delazy accompanied by a dance duo’s performance, Thabiso Lekuba and Tholakele Nkala.
Leading the way with a song of hope titled ‘Pieces’ by actresses Siyasanga Papu and Sihle Ndaba who showcased their singing talents and handed the baton to guest presenters, actress Deirdre Wolhuter and diversity advocate, Thando Hopa who had the task of announcing Getroud met Rugby as the winners of the new recognition award, Social Cohesion.
The Background Actor Recognition Award went to Sphiwe Msebe from Isidingo, who was essential in creating the tone, mood and atmosphere of the soapie. Sphiwe always dreamt to be an actor but did not have formal opportunities to make his dream a reality until he became a background actor on Isidingo.
The prestigious category of the evening, the Outstanding Soapie Award closed the chapter of the awards show as Binnelanders bagged the title for 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards.
SEE FULL LIST OF THE WINNERS HERE:
Outstanding Editing Team
Outstanding Art Direction
Getroud met Rugby
Outstanding Directing Team
Outstanding Make-Up & Hair
Outstanding Writing Team
Most Popular Soapie of the Year (Public Vote Category)
SUPPORTING ROLE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza in The Queen
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa in Gomora
Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy in Gomora
Sindi Dlathu & Hlomla Dandala as Lindiwe & Zweli in The River
LEAD ROLE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Lead Actor
Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra in The River
Outstanding Lead Actress
Dawn Thandeka King as MaNgcobo in Uzalo
Outstanding Male Villain
Dirk Stoltz as DeWet Basson in 7de Laan
Outstanding Female Villain
Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe in The River
RECOGNITION & SPECIAL AWARDS
Getroud met Rugby
Lifetime Achievement Award
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Royalty Soapie Awards Nominations Announced
Which show will clinch top honours!
After an intense judging process and deliberation, the 4th Royalty Soapie Awards nominations are in. South African fans geared up to celebrate their favourite stars in the soapie world when the nominees were revealed in a broadcast on Wednesday, 26 August at 18:00 on SABC 1 and streamed live from the RSAs YouTube and Facebook platforms.
Hosted by the exceptionally sensational, Winnie Ntshaba and the remarkable comedian, Mpho Popps the nominees’ announcement was a display of great possibilities for the entertainment industry as the RSAs took centre stage in an opulent theatre set up.
The nominations announcement was recorded in studio and included commentary by previous Royalty Soapie Awards winners, who gave us insight of the soapie world.
Supported by The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, funding the youth and industry development made possible by the Royalty Soapie Foundation and the National Lotteries Commission, broadcasting channel SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho, and make-up partner BX Cosmetics.
The public vote for the Most Popular Soapie continues until midnight on the 31 August.
The 4th Royalty Soapie Awards will be broadcasted on the 26th of September 2020 on SABC 1 at 20:00.
Here is the full list of the RSAs 2020 Nominees:
OUTSTANDING ART DIRECTION
Getroud met Rugby
OUTSTANDING DIRECTING TEAM
OUTSTANDING EDITING TEAM
OUTSTANDING MAKE-UP & HAIR
OUTSTANDING WRITING TEAM
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
7de Laan Dann-Jaques Mouton as Justin Booysen
Isidingo Luzuko Nkqeto as Bangizizwe
The Queen Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza
The Throne Jeremia Phele as Uncle Maswabi
Uzalo Simphiwe Majozi as Sbu
OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Generations: The Legacy Nomsa Buthelezi as Boipelo
Gomora Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa
Gomora Siyasanga Papu as Pretty
Skeem Saam Lydia Mokgokoloshi as Koko Mantsha
The Queen Zandile Msutwana as Vuyiswa
Arendsvlei Cantona James as Daniel Lafras
Gomora Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy
Gomora Siphesihle Ndaba as Mazet
Suidooster Richard September as Bennie
The River Thembinkosi Mthembu as Mabutho
Arendsvlei Roberto Kyle as Leeroy Foster and
Craig Adriaanse as Wesley
Binnelanders Germandt Geldenhuys as Louis Koster and
Je-Ani Swiegelaar as Naomi Koster
Getroud met Rugby David Louw as Simon Greeff and
Christel van den Bergh as Renate Greef
Isidigo Thulani Mtsweni as Sibiya and
Nasiphi Ntabeni as Cebisa
The River Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe and
Hlomla Dandala as Zweli
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR
Arendsvlei Jody Abrahams as Lionel Foster
Generations: The Legacy Vusi Kunene as Jack Mabaso
Muvhango Gabriel Temudzani as Chief Vhafuwi Azwindini
Suidooster Maurice Paige as Tyron Daniels
The River Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra
OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS
Lithapo Lorraine Moropa as Pabi
Skeem Saam Dieketseng Mnisi as MaNtuli
The River Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe
The Throne Tsholofelo Matshaba as Princess Odirile
Uzalo Dawn Thandeka King as MaNgcobo
OUTSTANDING MALE VILLAIN
7de Laan Dirk Stoltz as DeWet Basson
Binnelanders Jacques Gombault as Jonas
Isidingo Lindani Nkosi as Lincoln Sibeko
The River Thembinkosi Mthembu as Mabutho
The Throne Zolisa Xaluva as Sello Morule
OUTSTANDING FEMALE VILLAIN
Binnelanders Laré Birk as Alice Moolman
Gomora Connie Chiume as Mam’ Sonto
Skeem Saam Lesego Marakalla as Rachel
Suidooster Denise Newman as Bridgette October
The River Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe
Getroud met Rugby
SAMA26 Lifetime Achievement & International Achievement Award Announced
SA Legends get their flowers!
The build-up to the SAMA26 is underway and the most recent update released was the announcement of the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the International Achievement Award recipients. Bishop Benjamin Dube will be honoured for his spiritual stewardship in the gospel industry and the late Dan Tshanda will be honoured posthumously for his great run in the 1980s.
Bishop Benjamin Dube’s numbers are bar none. With hits such as Holy Spirit selling over 25 000 units and his live album I Feel Like Going On that went platinum, his legend is unquestionable. Having won the SAMA award before, it is fitting to bestow the award to the gospel artist.
Another recipient that made his mark in the South African music industry was the Soweto-born producer Dan Tshanda. Dan dominated the 1980s bubblegum pop scene with his production prowess. He rose to national stardom with his group Splash following the release of their 1986 classic album Peacock.
This year’s International Achiever Award recipient is Ndlovu Youth Choir from Limpopo. Their performances on the reality talent search show America’s Got Talent took them to the final round and captured the hearts and minds of viewers around the world. They have since been signed by Sony Music in partnership with Syco Entertainment, headed by British entertainment mogul Simon Cowell.
The choir’s debut album was released in November 2019 and delivers their signature songs that took the choir from the village of Moutse to the heights and hearts of American showbiz. The voices of Ndlovu Youth Choir have emerged as proud ambassadors for a united South Africa.
Don’t miss the five day SAMA26 spectacular streamed live on the My Muze by Vodacom platform and broadcast on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161 from the 3-7 August at 21:30.