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Saftas omit Reeva from In Memoriam

2013-03-18 10:35
Cape Town – Reeva Steenkamp, the current Tropika Island of Treasure 5 contestant on SABC1, was left out of the In Memoriam tribute at the 7th South African Film and Television Awards held in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The segment honours people in television and film who have died during the past year.

The usually botched In Memoriam tribute was however, for the first time in the history of this usually dismal South African TV awards show, done properly.

The In Memoriam segment is a tribute dedicated to South African film and television talent on and behind the scenes who've passed away in the last year. A noticeable omission was Steenkamp who appeared on SABC1 an hour before the Saftas started on SABC3.

29-year-old Reeva, a model, was shot and killed in Oscar Pistorius' home on Valentine's Day.

The producers said they're going ahead with the broadcast of the reality show with Steenkamp in it because her TV contribution needs to be shared.

No obvious production mistakes

For the first time ever the tribute segment was not marred by obvious production mistakes like in the past. No names were obscured by the musical act or weird camera angles, names were each individually flashed, fully, on screen and were then also shown on the stage screen.

There were no spelling mistakes, no sound problems, and the string-heavy sentimental musical number Khumbul'Ekhaya performed live by The Muffinz was appropriate in tone and performance. The simple design of black and white tribute cards also worked.

"Thank you to The Muffinz for a deeply moving tribute to some very talented people. They may be gone, but their work lives on," said Connie Ferguson, co-host of the 7th Saftas.

The Saftas In Memoriam segment honoured Marjorie Brooks-Morris, Greg Cameron, Jan de Klerk, Jaco Espach, Justin Wayne Fouche, Milla Louw, Hulisani Memetsi, Richard Matthews, Thami Geoffrey Mbenge, Humble Mhlongo, Morgan Naidu, Lloyd B Phillips, Llewelyn Roderick, Daniel Richmond Setshedi, Zwelakhe Sisulu, Andre Smit, Andrew Thompson and Louis van Rensburg.

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