Soapie giants go head-to-head in Royalty Awards

2015-02-20 12:18

Isibaya and Scandal! are leading the charge with 16 nominations each for the second Royalty Soapie Awards.

SABC2’s 7de Laan followed with 14 nominations at the announcement held in Joburg last night.

The awards are set to take place on March 28 in Durban.

Notable changes this year include Mzansi Magic coming aboard as a sponsor and a bigger public voting participation as viewers will get to have a say in the winner of several categories.

Generations on SABC1 – which used to be South Africa’s biggest and most watched soap in terms of ratings before its massive fall from grace as well in the ratings and now called Generations: The Legacy – was largely shut out in the nominations. has this year allowed its Rhythm City and Scandal! soaps to take part after pulling out last year.

“After having numerous meetings with the organisers, we emerged with a better sense of the objectives of the awards,” said Monde Twala,’s head of channels.

“ has two of the most-loved soaps, with talented casts who deserve recognition for their performances”.

SABC2’s Tshivenda soap Muvhango only scored one nomination, with kykNET’s Afrikaans soap Binnelanders completely absent and shut out from this year’s Royalty Soapie Awards although Villa Rosa is included.

Viewers will get to vote for the winner in several categories, which include: outstanding lead actor, outstanding lead actress, outstanding male villain, outstanding female villain, outstanding supporting actor, outstanding supporting actress, outstanding newcomer and most popular soapie.

Notably, no Generations or Binnelanders stars are included as nominees in any of these categories.

The nominee with the highest number of votes in each category will be the winner. Viewers can vote from until March 20.

“The Royalty Soapie Awards hold a mirror to the industry, revealing the status of the sector on screen and behind the scenes, and they provide much to reflect upon,” says Sindile Xulu, project director.

“The final outcomes will reflect industry sentiment and benefit all by encouraging healthy competition and ultimately assisting in growing the quality of our productions,” says Xulu.

“Any awards ceremony is a good thing for the industry, Vinette Ebrahim from SABC2’s 7de Laan – who was nominated in the category for outstanding lead actress – told Channel24 yesterday.

“Something like the Royalty Soapie Awards is important for the platform it creates to recognise the work of actors and technical people working in the industry. It gives recognition to people for their hard work,” said Theodore Jantjies from 7de Laan, who was nominated in the category for outstanding lead actor.

“Actors always appreciate these kinds of awards because in showbiz we work at a tremendous pace, so you don’t get time to think about it. So it is a moment to stop and reflect and for crews and casts to get some recognition. So I’m thankful for the Royalty Soapie Awards for bringing some extra spice,” said Izak Davel from SABC3’s Isidingo, who was nominated in the category for outstanding newcomer.

“We have so many soapies and telenovelas now. The more serious the industry takes itself as a specific genre, then that actually unfolds in the creation of more shows. In South Africa the soapie genre is our Hollywood, and its time that it gets its recognition,” said Kgomotso Christopher from SABC3’s Isidingo, who was nominated in the category for outstanding lead actress.

“Our soapie stars are the A-list stars and it is about time that they had a platform for themselves to be recognised and not to be diluted within the larger industry.”

The nominees for the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards for which viewers can vote, are:

Outstanding lead actor

Motlatsi Mafatshe as Sechaba in Isidingo

Siyabonga Thwala as Mpiyakhe in Isibaya

Theodore Jantjies as Xander in 7de Laan

Vusi Kunene as Jefferson in Isidingo

Zane Meas as Neville in 7de Laan

Outstanding lead actress

Kgomotso Christopher as Katlego in Isidingo

Marjorie Langa as Gloria in Scandal!

Masasa Mbangeni as Thembeka in Scandal!

Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi in Isibaya

Vinette Ebrahim as Charmaine in 7de Laan

Outstanding male villain

André Lotter as Liamle in Villa Rosa

Robert Whitehead as Barker in Isidingo

Sello Maake ka-Ncube as Lucas in Scandal!

Vusi Kunene as Bhekifa in Isibaya

Wilhelm van der Walt as Tyrone in 7de Laan

Outstanding female villain

Dawn Matthews as Shakira in Scandal!

Jo da Silva as Gita in 7de Laan

Mampho Brescia as Iris in Isibaya

Therese Benade as Astrid in Villa Rosa

Outstanding supporting actor

Andile Sithole as Ndumiso in Scandal!

Bongani Gumede as Mandla in Isibaya

Jody Abrahams as Marcel in Scandal!

Kaz McFadden as Dewald in 7de Laan

Zakhele Mabasa as S’khaleni in Isibaya

Outstanding supporting actress

Dorette Potgieter as Wanda in Villa Rosa

Mampho Brescia as Iris in Isibaya

Mapaseka Koetle as Dintle in Scandal!

Natasha Sutherland as Layla in Scandal!

Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka in Isibaya

Outstanding newcomer

Andile Gumbi as Zweli in Isibaya

Buhle Samuels as Matshidiso in Muvhango

Fulu Mugovhani as Anzani in Scandal!

Izak Davel as Bradley in Isidingo

Tessa Holloway as Sonja in 7de Laan

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