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How to watch SAFTA winner The River for free

2019-03-08 14:43

The epic battles between the Dlaminis and the Mokeonas are the stuff of TV legend. These two families from very different backgrounds are brought together in a clash over a diamond discovered in Cullinan, near Pretoria. But the drama only starts there - and viewers just can’t look away. 

The awards The River took home at the SAFTAs at the beginning of March in Sun City included the coveted trophy for Best Telenovela. And fans got super excited when their favourite stars won – from Lawrence Maleka, who plays Zolani, scooping the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Telenovela, to Presley Chweneyagae taking home the award for Best Actor in a Telenovela.

The most touching win, however, was Moshidi Motshegwa. The actress, who played Malefu, recently announced that she had been let go from the show. Although she’s no longer on The River, her brilliant work was recognised as she was honoured with the award for Best Actress in a Telenovela.



Moshidi gave a moving speech that left a lot of fans in tears. Accepting the award for Best Telenovela, The River’s co-creator, Phathutshedzo Makwarela said: “I have no words. This project has been a labour of love for Gwydion [Beynon, co-creator] and I. We have worked together in television for eleven years. I want to thank every single cast member of our show, every single crew member. But I really want to thank 1Magic and MultiChoice who believed in us when nobody believed in us, who have stood with us through 260 episodes.”

We can all agree that the show deserves every single award. They’ve given viewers quality and consistency from the day one! We can’t wait to see where the storyline will go in upcoming episodes. If you’ve never watched The River, or if you’ve missed a couple of episodes, make sure that you catch up on Showmax. New episodes air 15 minutes after the DStv broadcast.

How to stream The River for free

  • Sign up for a free 14-day trial at
  • Add Showmax to your Vodacom bill before the end of March and get three months free Showmax and 15GB data at
  • Add Showmax to your DStv Compact or Compact Plus account before 7 April 2019, and get Showmax for free for two months 

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