Silver screen stars get recognition in SA
By Sharon Kavhu
HARARE – South African Film and Television stars were honoured with golden horns during the 11th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) at Sun City, Johannesburg, last week.
The annual event, which was broadcast live on SABC 2 on Saturday, March 18, saw South African TV stars – including veteran actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi, Thapelo Mokoena and Tembisa Mdoda walking away with best awards from different categories.
Mokgokoloshi was given the Life Time Achiever Special Recognition Award while Mokoena scooped the Youth Achiever Award and Mdoda walked away with the best TV Presenter Award.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Katlego Maboe and Thando Thabethe.
Some of the night’s big winners included Anthony Coleman who won the best TV Soap Actor Award while Tina Jaxa won the best TV Soap Actress.
On the television section, ‘The Road’, ‘High Rollers’, ‘Heist’, ‘Isibaya’ and ‘Real Talk with Anele’ won the best TV soap award, best achievement in directing for TV soap award, most popular TV soap, best TV drama and best talk show award, respectively.
‘Heist’ also won the best achievement in directing award and Jerry Mofokeng was awarded best actor for drama.
The best supporting TV soap actor went to Mandla Gaduka and the best supporting TV soap actress went to Linda Sebezo.
Tiffany Barbuzano one of SA’s best writers and actresses won the best TV drama actress while Warren Masemola won the best supporting actor in TV drama and Jana Cilliers scooped the best supporting actress in TV drama.
In the filming category; best actor for feature film, best actress for feature film, best supporting actor for feature film and best supporting actress for feature film went to Dann-Jaques Mouton, Shoki Mokgape, Abdurahgmaan Adams and Hlubi Mboya, respectively.
This year’s SAFTAS event was a glamourous affair, which drew prominent people in the South African entertainment industry.
The annual event, which is sometimes referred to as the Golden Horns, is hosted by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) to honour creative excellence in the South African film and television industry.
The nominees are assessed by several volunteer judges and the finalists and winners are chosen by a multi-phasic process of judging panels. Winners from a variety of categories are then awarded a statuette officially called the ‘golden horn’ and a certificate.
SAFTAS were introduced in 2006 at the Gallagher Estate. The awards are only eligible to South African citizens.
Last year, the 10th SAFTAS were held at the Gallagher Estate on March 20 and were hosted by Minnie Dlamini and Katlego Maboe.