23 March 2017

The best in TV and film honoured at the SAFTAs

Top film and television personalities were honoured at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) over the weekend in Sun City.

It was a grand weekend which started on Thursday by honouring those who work behind the scenes from producers, sound mixers to make-up artists. On Friday the stars were treated with some golf action and later in the day, the McCafe sponsored category nominees were treated to a cocktail party at Sun Star. Friday ended with a beach party for all invited guests.

The main awards event on Saturday was hosted by Thando Thabethe and Katlego Maboe. The pair delivered a spectacular show which saw performances by rapper Zuluboy and The Legends, Amanda Black and Khuli Chana.

Shoki Mokgapa scooped the award for the Best Actress in a Feature Film for her role as Rachel in the film "Sink", while Dann-Jacques Mouton took one home for Best Actor in a Feature Film for his role as Abraham in "Noem my Skollie".

The crowd's favourite was undoubtedly Warren Masemola who won the Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama for his role in "Heist". Warren received a standing ovation, and thanked everyone who played a role in helping him achieve his dream.

Anele Mdoda and her sister Tembisa Mdoda both won awards, Anele for Best Talk Show and Tembisa took one for the Best TV Presenter. While Anele was so excited in her acceptance speech Tembisa was brought to tears as she couldn't believe the love she was receiving from the people of Mzansi.

Linda Sobeza took the Best Supporting Actress- TV Soap/Telenovela while Mandla Gaduka took one in the Best Supporting Actor-TV Soap/Telenova category.

Speaking to BET Africa after accepting the award, Mandla said the award is a result of hard work and he will continue to work hard. "It is a great feeling, a feeling that says you've worked hard, you were able to stay relevant, I'm really grateful."

LifeTime Achievement Award went to Lydia Makgoloshi who also thanked everyone who had paved a way in her long journey in the industry.

"Thank you to South Africa. A great thank you to all those who are part of the show (Skeem Saam) even those who are dressing us. I feel honoured to be called a granny… I'm so happy," Koko Lydia said.

The headline sponsor for Saftas, McCafe's Daniel Padiachy congratulated all the winners and wished them well in their future endeavours.

"Congratulations and all the best to all winners of the SAFTAs11. We truly believe that the film and television industry provides an ideal opportunity to challenge conventional thinking. We hope that through winning these awards, they will be able to advance their careers, talents, improve the industry and continue to fly the South African flag high locally and all over the world," Padiachy said.

Thulile Gama