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