The River wins big at Royalty Soapie Awards

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The River scooped the most awards on Saturday night. Photo: Supplied
The River scooped the most awards on Saturday night. Photo: Supplied


One Magic soapie The River walked away as the biggest winner of the night at the annual Royalty Soapie Awards on Saturday night.  

The popular soapie, which has announced that it will wrap up production for good at the end of the current season, took home five awards, including outstanding onscreen couple for seasoned actors Sindi Dlathu and Hlomla Dandala. It also scooped the outstanding directing team award.

Lunathi Mampofu won two awards: outstanding supporting actress and viewer's choice: best actress for her portrayal of Emma.

READ: Winnie Ntshaba’s soapie awards adapt to Covid

The event was held at The Galleria in Kramerville, Johannesburg. Other winners on the night included Mzansi Magic soapie Gomora and soapie House of Zwide, which walked away with four awards each.  

Gomora actress Katlego Danke was given the outstanding lead actress award, while former Generations castmate Vusi Kunene walked away with the outstanding lead actor award for his role in House of Zwide.

Legendary actress Connie Chiume was honoured with a lifetime achievement award, while executive producer Mfundi Vundla won the trailblazer of the year award. 

This was the sixth edition of the awards show. Tourism SA who participated by adding the Pan-African award category to the mix.  

Funder and CEO of the awards Winnie Ntshaba said: 

We are proud to celebrate the diverse calibre of nominations from across the continent. Our strategic collaboration with Tourism SA is significant as it buoys our local talent and elevates them on the international stage. The soapies are filmed locally, showcasing South Africa’s beautiful landscapes, infrastructure and talent.

She added: "The past six years have been a fantastic journey, a dream coming to fruition. As an actress, I am \excited about a new relationship that will bring inclusion of the Pan-African actors, a platform where we celebrate the hard work of individuals behind the soapie industry across Africa." 


Technical categories

Outstanding editing team — Gomora

Outstanding sound mixing & editing — House of Zwide,  

Outstanding lighting direction — The Black Door  

Outstanding cinematography — Imbewu: The Seed  

Outstanding directing team — The River  

Outstanding art direction — uBettina Wethu season 2  

Outstanding casting — Gomora 

Creative categories  

Outstanding make-up & hair styling — The Estate  

Outstanding wardrobe — House of Zwide  

Outstanding writing team — Diepcity season 2  

Supporting and role categories    

Outstanding newcomer — Vuyo Biyela, The River  

Outstanding young performer — Karabo Magongwa, House of Zwide  

Outstanding onscreen couple — Hlomla Dandala and Sindi Dlathu, The River  

Outstanding supporting actor — Zenzelisphesihle Sparky Xulu, The Estate  

Outstanding supporting actress — Lunathi Mampofu, The River  

Public votes categories  

Most popular show —  7de Laan  

Viewer's choice: best actor —  Thabiso Molokomme as Paxton Kgomo, Skeem Saam  

Viewer's choice: best actress — Lunathi Mampofu as Emma, The River  

Special categories  

Social cohesion — Diepcity season 2  

Lifetime achievement award — Connie Chium  

Most-watched show — Uzalo  

Trailblazer award — Mfundi Vundla, Generations: The Legacy  

Lead role categories   

Outsanding female villain — Deirdre Wolhuter, 7de Laan  

Outstanding male villain — Jack Devnarain, Imbewu: The Seed  

Outstanding lead actress — Katlego Danke, Gomora  

Outstanding lead actor — Vusi Kunene, House of Zwide  

Outstanding daily TV drama — Binnelanders

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