New, professional and legendary film makers honoured

2014-07-23 00:00

OSCAR winners like Gavin Hood of Tsotsi fame, along with other South African film industry celebs were on hand to give out the statues at the second annual Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Awards on Saturday.

The awards, an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and implemented by the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, were given at a glittering ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The awards were given in three categories: New Entrants, Professionals and Heroes and Legends.

Here is the full list of winners:

New Entrants

• Mlamuli Khoza: movie technology student, worked on Imfihlo and Izwi Lika Baba.

• Lungelo Ngcobo: script supervisor and an acting graduate; has worked on

Zabalaza, Intersexions II, Room 9 and

Between Friends.

• Ndaba Ka Ngwane: actor in Rhythm City, When we were Black, Kowethu and Mbalemnyama; writer, director and producer of multi-award winning Uhlanga.

• Grant Thompson: producer, editor and camera operator has worked on Tour Durban, Put Foot Rally USA Promo, Manline Mega Teaser.

• Mzwandile Ndaba: final year video technology student. Projects include ­Nowhere To Run.


• Ryley Grunenwald: director and cinematographer, best known for The Dawn of a New Day.

• Thabani Mthembu: producer of Iphupho and Between Friends.

• Madoda Ncayiyana: internationally known filmmaker, director and producer. Films include Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky).

• Noxy Mavundla: producer and director; projects include The Zulu Maiden and currently manager Zulu Coast Film Office.

• Elle Matthews: writer and producer of Oil On Water, shown at 10 international film festivals.

Heroes and Legends

• Zamokwakhe Ngcobo: writer, director, producer and editor from Clermont, Durban, who has created a platform for disadvantaged youth who aspire to a career in the media industry.

• Keyan Tomaselli: senior professor and director of The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS), a research leader: culture, health and communication for the School of Applied Human Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal; one of the leading communication theorists in the world.

• Tonie van der Merwe: one of the most prolific filmmakers in South Africa’s history, having built a legacy of over 400 films for African audiences during the height of apartheid.

• Sandra Herrington: producer, editor and scriptwriter; head of Tekweni TV productions.

A chairperson’s Special Award was given to Louis Gosset Jnr for his lifetime contribution to film. MEC’s Special Awards were given to Bheki Mkhwane from Isibaya; Joe Mafela of Sgudi Snice; Lawrencia Mthembu and Mandla Thabethe from Family Bonds and Ruth Cele from Hlala Kwabafileyo.

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