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The 13th ANNUAL SAFTAS Awards

In over hundreds of decades of its existence, storytelling remains central to our day-to-day lives. From the time when stories were told around the fire, to folk media times, to the inception of theatre to morphing and evolving to the television and film stories. Film and television is to most of us a yardstick through which we measure our own lives, but most importantly, stories are our main source of escapism. Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, etal, works relentlessly to creatively deliver unforgettable stories of our time. Imagining new worlds or exposing the day-to-day occurrences of this one, challenging viewers to observe their ways whilst influencing the gullible amongst us to observe certain roles and exude them in return.

On Saturday the 2nd of March the SAFTAS made it again, for the 13th time this year, to honour the hard-work of the folks in the show-biz. Folks who makes our lives(seem) a little easier. The show took place in North West, Sun City Superbowl. Closely resonating with Blue Monkey magazine’s editor-in-chief’s words (The future is limitless to those willing enough to dream.), the SAFTAS’s theme for the night was ‘Dare to Dream’ a celebration of those who dare to dream, in essence.

Hannes Brunner took home the best actor in Tv comedy for his role in Elke Skewer Pot 2. He thanked his wife ‘for laughing at his jokes and his daughter for inspiring them.’ ‘I think laughter is the best medicine.’ he added. The best actress in Tv comedy went to Julias Anastasopoulos who thanked her spouse who happens to be her director. Tali’s Wedding Diary won the best Tv comedy.

Hannes Brunner

The best actor and actress in Tv soap both went to E-tv’s soap operas. Rhythm city’s mighty David Genaro played by Jamie Bartlett took the former, whilst Scandal’s Khomtso Christopher took the latter.

Isibaya’s directors, Phiwe Mkhanzi and Sthembiso Mathenjwa, earned the best achievement in Tv directing for a television soap beating the counter nominated Isidingo and Isibaya. Uzalo won the best Tv soap.

The River stole the limelight this year. Grabbing two golden horns for the best telenovela against Broken vows and Ring of lies, and the best popular soap. The River’s Presley Chweneyagea won the best actor for telenovela whilst Moshidi Motsieneng of the same telenovela took the best actress award. Best achievement in directing telenovela also went to The River.

Lockdown 2 took the best Tv drama award, Lockdown 2’s, Dawn Thandeka King, won the best actress for Tv drama. The best actor for Tv drama went to Mothusi Magano of Emoyeni. Tjovitjo, directed by Vincent Moloi, won the golden horn for best achievement in directing Tv drama.

Sivuyile Ngesi of The Man’s Cave won the best presenters award beating the likes of Bonang Matheba.

It will be an injustice not to pay tribute to the fallen star, Sibusiso Khwinana who co-starred Matwetwe. May his young soul rest in peace.

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