Nominees for 2024 Simon Mabhunu Sabela KZN Film and TV Awards Announced

Durban, 13 June 2024 KZN Tourism and Film Authority proudly announces the nominees for the 2024 Simon Mabhunu Sabela KZN Film and Television Awards. These prestigious awards recognise outstanding achievement and excellence within the South African film and television industry, focusing on KwaZulu-Natal. Nominees include actors, producers, directors, and various film and television technicians.

In response to the surge of reality shows in KZN and their impact on the province’s film and television industry, KZN Tourism and Film Authority introduces a new innovative public participation category. This category focuses on reality TV and invites the general public to engage in the nomination and judging process through social media public voting system, entries are currently open until 28 June 2024.

This year’s nominees reflect the remarkable journey and significant contributions of the country’s Film and Television industry, inspired by visionaries like Simon Mabhunu Sabela, whose pioneering efforts have shaped South African entertainment for generations.

The awards nominee announcement, hosted at Coastlands Skye Hotel in Umhlanga by KZN Tourism and Film Authority on behalf of the Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs department, honour outstanding talent, creativity, and storytelling in KwaZulu-Natal’s vibrant entertainment landscape. Esteemed government officials, renowned film and TV contributors, industry professionals and the private sector gathered to acknowledge and applaud the exceptional achievements of this year’s nominees.

The Call to Entry campaign, which closed on 28 March 2024, received a remarkable response. In response to popular call from the industry, we introduced new Technical Award categories this year, including Best Use of Cinematography and Best Production Design.

We are delighted to announce the 2024 Simon Mabhunu Sabela KZN Film and TV Awards nominees. The awards align with our strategic mandate of creating opportunities and growing the KwaZulu-Natal film industry. The introduction of the public voting category acknowledges the popularity of reality TV and allows the audience to actively participate in recognising their favourite shows and personalities. These individuals have displayed remarkable talent, creativity, and dedication to their craft. The 2024 surge in entries exceeded expectations and surpassed previous records, underscoring the immense enthusiasm and dedication of filmmakers and television producers in the province,” said Ms Jackie Motsepe.

Notably, the Bomb! Production series Shaka Ilembe leads with the most nominations, including Best Actor TV, Best Actress TV, Best Supporting Actress, Best Production Design just to name a few . Nominated house hold names include Nomzamo Mbatha, Deli Malinga, Hope Mbele, Thembinkosi Mthembu, Wiseman Mncube and Kwenzo Ngcobo each recognised for their exceptional contributions to the industry.

Amidst this celebration of artistic excellence, we cannot overlook the invaluable role played by the Department of Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs through it entities in propelling South Africa’s film industry onto the global stage. With its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture, KwaZulu-Natal remains the film destination of choice, attracting filmmakers and tourists worldwide.

KZN Tourism and Film Authority, established under the KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and Film Authority Act No. 2 of 2024, is dedicated to promoting KwaZulu-Natal as a premier film destination. The objectives of the Agency are to – (a) market and promote the tourism sector and audio-visual industry; (b) facilitate the development of the tourism sector and audio-visual industry; (c) create an enabling environment for sustainable growth and job creation in the tourism sector and audio-visual industry; (d) contribute to job creation in the tourism sector and audio-visual industry; and (e) address historical imbalances in infrastructure and the distribution of skills and resources in the tourism sector and audio-visual industry, in the Province.


Thembinkosi Mthembu- Shaka Ilembe
Wiseman Mncube -Uzalo

Deli Malinga – Umkhokha the Curse
Nirvana Nokwe-Mseleku- Outlaws
Nomzamo Mbatha – Shaka iLembe

Ernest Ndlovu – uZulu no Mhlaba
Khayelihle Dladla- House of Zwide
Melusi Yeni – Sibongile and The Dlamini’s

Dawn Thandeka King – Shaka iLembe
Hope Mbhele – Shaka iLembe
Slindile Nodangala- Outlaws

Kwenzo Ngcobo
Freedom Street
Masoja Msiza- Dear Future Wife
Mpho Sebeng- Ingoma
Siyabonga Shibe- Blind Eye

Jo-Anne Reyneke – A Queen’s Lobola
Leleti Khumalo- Dear Future Wife
Phumzile Puting – Why It Came

Mbongeni Ngema – A Queen’s Lobola
Nkosinathi Keswa- Inkabi
Muzi Mthabela- Inkabi

Tumelo Nkwanca – London Recruits
Nqobile Dhlomo – Amathambo
Thembi Mtshali-Jones – Blind Eye

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Issued by the KZN Tourism and Film Authority

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