Soapie superstars going for gongs

2015-03-28 00:00

MEMBERS of the public will be rubbing shoulders with soapie stars and watching the country’s hottest music acts live on stage at the Royalty Soapie Awards (RSAs) at the Durban ICC from 7 pm tonight.

The awards recognise accomplishments in the South African television industry and seek to promote creativity, quality and excellence in South African soapie productions.

“The RSAs 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,” said project director Sindile Xulu.

It’s the second year in succession that the ceremony has been held in Durban, and this year’s event will feature performances from DJ Merlon and Mondli Ngcobo, who will sing their smash hit Koze Kuse, the Durban Gospel Choir and RnB/house singer Bucie.

Hosts for the evening are the comedy duo of Jason and Donovan Goliath.

As for the awards themselves, Isibaya and Scandal lead the pack with 16 nominations each, followed closely by 7de Laan with 14 nods.

Adding spice to this year’s event, viewers were asked to vote for their favourite actors and actresses and for the coveted People’s Choice Award for most popular soapie.

The nominees for outstanding lead actor are Motlatsi Mafatshe (Isidingo), Siyabonga Thwala (Isibaya), Theodore Jantjies (7de Laan), Vusi Kunene (Isidingo) and Zane Meas (7de Laan). Vying for outstanding lead actress are Kgomotso Christopher (Isidingo), Marjorie Langa (Scandal), Masasa Mbangeni (Scandal), Thembi Nyandeni (Isibaya) and Vinette Ebrahim (7de Laan).

This year’s most outstanding male villain will be either André Lötter (Villa Rosa), Robert Whitehead (Isidingo), Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (Scandal), Vusi Kunene (Isibaya) or Wilhelm van der Walt (7de Laan). And getting their claws out to fight for the title of SA soap’s most villainous ladies are Dawn Matthews (Scandal), Jo da Silva (7de Laan), Mampho Brescia (Isibaya), and Therese Benadé (Villa Rosa).

Other hotly contested categories will be for best supporting actor and actress and best newcomer. There will also be two Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to veterans of the South African television industry.

So, if you don’t want to miss all the glitz, glamour, music and red-carpet action tonight, make sure you get yourself a ticket.

Prices range from R100 to R200 and tickets can be booked at Computicket.

• The Royalty Soapie Awards won’t be broadcast live on South African television, but will be shown later in the year on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).

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