14th Annual SAFTAs’ Nominees Announced in Style at the Mall of Africa


The River, Isibaya, Lockdown, Fiela se Kind & The Republic lead nominations tally

The month of love hit a high note today, with the official announcement of the 2020 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees proudly brought to you by Brand South Africa. Hosted under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation(NFVF) the awards seek to honour and celebrate South Africa’s local film and television talent, under the theme #LoveSATalent.

Leading this year’s nominations was #SAFTAs13 winner & popular telenovela “The River”, which raked in 15 nominations across numerous categories, including Best Achievement in Directing, Scriptwriting, Original Music/Score, Editing, Sound, Cinematography, Wardrobe, Make-Up and Hairstyling and Art Directing. Actress Sindi Dlathu secured a nomination for Best Actress in the genre, while Presley Chweneyagae was nominated in the Best Actor category.

Close on its heels was the soapie “Isibaya”, Television Drama “Lockdown S4” and the feature film “Fiela se Kind” who all clinched 11 nominations each, while the drama series “The Republic” rounded things off with 10 nominations.

“The love for SA Talent is certainly in the air and I would like to congratulate all our SAFTAs14 nominees for telling authentic stories that resonate and connect with the people of South Africa. As the NFVF we couldn’t be prouder of the immense contribution that these women and men make to the local film and television industry, not forgetting the broadcasters that provide the platforms for these stories to come alive”, commented Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO

The NFVF joined forces with 205 industry experts from across the country to form a judging committee that spent over two months deliberating and rounding off the final nominees of the 70 categories, which were all then later audited by Nexia SAB&T.

A key priority for us this year was to bring credibility back to the SAFTAs judging process. It is no secret that many production companies have voiced their frustration with our appraisal system, some going as far as to boycott the SAFTAs altogether. Having taken this

feedback to heart, we’ve taken every measure possible to ensure that the judging process is fair, transparent and without bias. Today I’m proud to announce that as a result of these efforts we’ve received over 300 entries for the SAFTAs,” concluded Khanyile.

This year, the power to decide who wins the Best TV Presenter and the Most Popular Soap/Telenovela will remain with the South African audience through the use of the public vote. To vote for their favourite in these two categories, they will need to dial *120*45884# and follow the prompts on their screens. One lucky voting viewer will stand a chance to win fuel to the value of R4000 a month for 12 months powered by Total SA.

“Total South Africa identifies art and culture as a national resource and contributor to the development of the economy. The SAFTA’s does not only preserve the country’s stories, but it also encourages development of the country on all frontiers, enabling people to expand their horizons and develop skills that are essential to social cohesion.”, commented Baxolile Msomi, Corporate Communications & Marketing at Total South Africa.

The codes will be advertised on SAFTAs social media pages and other media platforms and the voting lines go live in the week of 17th of February and closes on 28 March 2020.

The 14th South African Film and Television Awards will be hosted at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre over two-nights: Craft Awards on Friday, 27 March 2020 and Main Awards on Saturday, 28 March 2020 – with the Saturday show broadcast live on television.



Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela

Arendsvlei – Denny Miller, Roxanne Blaise, Mandilakhe Yengo and Darryl Fuchs

Isibaya – Yamakela Phiwokuhle Mkhanzi, Lehlogonolo Moropane and Sthembiso Mathenjwa

Isithembiso – Zeno Petersen, Itumeleng Mohlabane and Lufuno Nekhabambe

The River – Ferry Jele, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade and Johnny Barbuzano

Best Telenovela



The River

Best Actress – Telenovela

Crystal Donna Roberts, Arendsvlei

Leleti Khanyile, Imbewu

Sindi Dlathu, The River

Best Actor – Telenovela

Roberto Kyle Meyer, Arendsvlei

Hamilton Dhlamini, Isithembiso

Presley Chweneyagae, The River

Best Supporting Actress- Telenovela

Lerato Mvelase, Isibaya

Linda Sebezo, Isibaya

Mary-Anne Barlow, The River

Best Supporting Actor- Telenovela

Aubrey Poo, Isibaya

Lawrence Maleka, The River

Loyiso MacDonald, The Queen


Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap

Binnelanders – Danie Joubert

Rhythm City – Eric Mogale

Scandal! – Chris Beasley, Sanele Zulu,Tsakani Mongwe and Sphamandla Ngcobo

Best TV Soap

Rhythm City



Best Actress – TV Soap

Mapula Mafole, Rhythm City

Denise Newman, Suidooster

Baby Cele Maloka, Uzalo

Best Actor – TV Soap

Nathaniel Ramabulana, Muvhango

Jamie Bartlett, Rhythm City

Bongile Mantsai, Scandal!

Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap

Xolile Tshabalala, Muvhango

Petronella Tshuma, Rhythm City

Kgomotso Christopher, Scandal!

Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap

Ben Kruger, Binnelanders

Mncedisi Shabangu, Rhythm City

Ivan Abrahams, Suidooster


Best Achievement in Directing – TV Drama

Dwaalster – Jaco Bouwer

Lockdown Season 4 – Mandla Ngcongwane

The Republic – Johnny Barbuzano and Rea Rangaka

Best TV Drama

Lockdown Season 4


The Republic

Best Actress – TV Drama

Dawn King, Lockdown Season 4

Zola Nombona, Lockdown Season 4

Florence Masebe, The Republic

Best Actor -TV Drama

Wiseman Mncube, eHostela

Robert Hobbs, The Girl From St Agnes

Warren Masemola, The Republic

Best Supporting Actress – TV Drama

Brenda Ngxoli, iThemba

Lorcia Cooper, Lockdown Season 4

Pamela Nomvete, Lockdown Season 4

Best Supporting Actor – TV Drama

Deon Lotz , Die Byl 2

Hlomla Dandala, The Republic

Seputla Sebogodi, The Republic

Best Children’s Programme

Disney Cookabout

Hectic on 3

Jabu’s Jungle

Words and Numbers Series 9

Best Competition Reality Show


Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search 2019

Ultimate Braai Master

Ultimate House Vibe

Best Structured or Docu-reality Show

Durban Beach Rescue season 2

Living The Dream With Somizi Season 4

The Big Secret Season 2

Best International Format Show

Celebrity Game Night S1

Survivor SA: Island of Secrets

YO! MTV RAPS (SA): Season 1

Best Factual & Educational Programme

Made in Africa: The Ties That Bind Us

Op Seer Se Spoor – Episode 3 “Netta”

Yobe S2

Best Current Affairs Programme

Carte Blanche HD, TX 14 JULY 2019

Dying for Diamonds

Work Hazards

Best Variety Show

Die Ware Naarheid

Gospel Classics


Best Youth Programme

MTV Shuga Down South 2

MTV Shuga Down South 2 – In Real Life

Teenagers on a mission – Game Ranging

Best Entertainment Programme

Emo 30 Jaar In Musiek

Live Amp

Noot vir Noot S44

Best Lifestyle Programme

Dit Proe Soos Huis

Elders: Japan

Klankbord Season 1

Best Made for TV Movie





Best Short Film

Die Begrafnis

Joko Ya Hao

The Letter Reader

Best Achievement in Directing – Documentary Feature

Buddha in Africa – Nicole Schafer

Dying for Gold – Catherine Meyburgh and Richard Pakleppa

The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story – Michael Cross

Best Documentary Feature

Buddha in Africa – Thinking Strings Media

Dying for Gold – Breathe Films

Sound of Masks – Lionfish Productions

The Fun’s Not Over – The James Phillips Story – Rogue Productions

Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film

Fiela se Kind – Brett Michael Innes

Knuckle City- Jahmil X.T. Qubeka

Poppie Nongena – Christiaan Olwagen

Best Actress – Feature Film

Sandra Prinsloo, Die Seemeeu

Zenobia Kloppers, Fiela se Kind

Clementine Zitha, Poppie Nongena

Best Actor – Feature Film

Albert Bakker, Die Seemeeu

Johannes Stephanus Bam, Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer

Bongile Mantsai , Knuckle City

Best Supporting Actress – Feature Film

Cintaine Schutte, Die Seemeeu

Anna Martha van der Merwe, Poppie Nongena

Elize Dunster, Skemerson (Sun, Cry, Moon)

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film

Wayne van Rooyen, Fiela se Kind

Patrick Ndlovu, Knuckle City

Thembekile Komani, Knuckle City

Best Feature Film

Die Verhaal van Racheltjie de Beer

Fiela se Kind

Poppie Nongena

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