2013 SAFTA nominees announced

2013-02-14 08:57
Cape Town - The nominees for the 7th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) have been announced.

During an event at Melrose Arch on Wednesday evening, nominees in more than 60 categories were announced. According to TVSA, there were about 354 entries this year, seeing an increase of 120 entries from 2012.

Yet again, eyebrows were raised when notable categories such as Best Comedy and Best Director on a TV Comedy, Best Writing Team of a TV Comedy were left off the official list, following in the footsteps of many controversies that the awards show faced in previous years.

As per tradition, the public will also have a chance to vote for their best TV soapie. SABC2 soap 7de Laan, which was snubbed from the list last year, has been added to the list of nominees for this year's awards ceremony. Details will soon follow on which platforms the public can use to vote.

The ceremony is set to take place over two evenings at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 15 and 16 March.

Here is a condensed list of nominees in the Television categories:


Best TV Drama Series

90 Plein Street
4Play: Sex Tips for Girls

Best Director of a TV Drama Series

Peter Heaney - Erfsondes
Amanda Lane - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls
Akin Omotoso, Vincent Moloi - Soul City

Best Actor in a TV Drama Series

Mothusi Magano - 90 Plein Street
Richard Lukunku - Mshika Shika
Emmanuel Castis - Erfsondes
Jacques Bessenger - Erfsondes

Best Actress in a TV Drama Series

Jana Strydom - Erfsondes
Tiffany Jones-Barbuzano - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls
Xolile Tshabalala - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Series

Terence Bridgett - Erfsondes
Molefi Monaisa - Skeem Saam
Pallance Dladla - 4Play: Sex Tips for Girls

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama Series

Samkelo Ndlovu - Soul City
Pearl Thusi - Zone 14
Nazli George - 90 Plein Street


Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Leroy Gopal - Ses'Top La
Trevor Gumbi - Ses'Top La
Nik Rabinowitz - ZA News

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Nikki Jackman - ZA News
Baby Cele - My Perfect Family
Salamina Mosese - Abo Mzala

Best Ensemble in a TV Comedy

Ses 'Top La
ZA News
My Perfect Family
Moferefere Lenyalong

Best Editor of a TV Comedy

Aaron Naidoo, Rod Macleod, Hugh Upsher - ZA News
Glarry Leshilo - Ses'Top La
Roberta Durrant, Talya Kahan - SIES


Best Director on a TV Soap

Henry Mylne - 7de Laan
The Wild Directing Team - The Wild
John Trengrove, Joshua Rous, Welile Nzuza, Hlomla Dandala, Craig Gardner - Scandal!

Best Actor in a TV Soap

Kevin Smith - Isidingo
Menzi Ngubane - Generations
Clint Brink - Scandal!

Best Actress in a TV Soap

Kim Engelbrecht - Isidingo
Nambitha Mpumlwana - Generations
Louise Barnes - Scandal!

Best Ensemble in a TV Soap

Rhythm City

Best TV Soap

7de Laan
Rhythm City
The Wild

Youth and Children programming:

Best Youth and Children Programme

Challenge SOS
My Night

Factual/Education Entertainment:

Best Factual Educational Entertainment Programme

Final Verdict
Sobukwe: A Great Soul
The Dr. Mol Show

News and Actuality, Magazine, Music Show and Variety:

Best News and Actuality Programme

Crimes Uncovered SA
Robinson Regstreeks
The Edition

Best Magazine Show

I am Woman
The Dr. Mol Show
Big Up
The Edition

Best Variety and Lifestyle Show

Hectic Nine-9
Cooking with Siba
Jou Show met Emo en Wicus

Best Music Show

Club Culture
Psalted III
Afro Café

Best Talk Show

I Am Woman/Leap Of Faith (Judy Bekker)
My Top Ten: Pieter Dirk Uys


Best Reality Show

Culture Shock
Big Up
Jozi Moving City

Best International Format Show

Come Dine With Me
Masterchef SA
Dance Your Butt Off

Best Game Show

Noot Vir Noot (Season 35)
Friends Like These
Jam Alley Crew VS Crew

Get a full list of all the film nominations here.


  • mable.jacobs.90 - 2013-02-14 10:11


  • reginald.dube - 2013-02-14 10:30

    so nothing for LNN?

  • Seducect - 2013-02-14 10:32

    WTF?! Just show the poor local content on show!

  • PeterJJhb - 2013-02-14 10:33

    What a joke

  • grant.logan.94 - 2013-02-14 10:43

    Erfsondes, Isidingo and Noot vir Noot all the way!!!!!!!! The Wild was nominated? Are there even 10 people who watches local content on a pay channel?

  • Jean-Pierre Lishman - 2013-02-14 17:20

    I cannot wait NOT to watch this, I guess I'll use that time to watch paint dry or something similarly worthy...

  • Peter McFie - 2013-03-16 19:50

    I was watching the safta awards, funny thing was I thought I was watching that late night show with Loyiso Gola. Can the presenters actually interview the stars and hold the mike to their lips while they respond... This is funny and embarrassing at the same time, there is no raa haraa in this award ceremony. No wonder out celebs look so stupid, it's the SABCs fault. Their bling has gone bang! Guys lets get creative, make it RAIN not drizzle. Thunder and Lightning please, I fart louder on a bad day. Cya ;) better luck next time

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