DiepCity wins big at 5th Royalty Soapie Awards

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Nompumelelo Vilakazi, winner of Outstanding Newcomer in DiepCity.
Nompumelelo Vilakazi, winner of Outstanding Newcomer in DiepCity.
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  • The winners of the 5th Royalty Soapie Awards were announced at a gala event in Johannesburg on Sunday.
  • Enhle-Mbali Mlotshwa and Felix Hlophe hosted the annual ceremony.
  • Mzansi Magic drama DiepCity was the big winner of the night, taking home seven awards, including Outstanding Daily Drama.
  • The red carpet and ceremony will be broadcast on SABC 1 on Saturday, 2 October from 19:30.

The 5th Royalty Soapie Awards winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday, 18 September.

In a milestone year for the annual awards shows, it celebrated South Africa's daily TV dramas, showcasing and emphasising the importance of stories.

Actor Enhle-Mbali Mlotshwa and comedian and radio personality Felix Hlophe hosted the gala event, which will be broadcast on Saturday, 2 October at 20:00 on SABC 1 (DStv 191). The red carpet show hosted by Candice Modiselle will air at 19:30.


Winnie Ntshaba, Founder and CEO of the RSAs.
Winnie Ntshaba, Founder and CEO of the RSAs.
Candice Modiselle.
Candice Modiselle.
Aubrey Poo.
Aubrey Poo.
Vusi Kunene.
Vusi Kunene.

DiepCity bagged the Outstanding Daily Drama Award, and Skeem Saam was voted Most Popular Show. In the two new categories voted by the public, Chrispen Nyathi walked away with Best Actor and Lebohang Mpanya with Best Actress.

Dr Lillian Dube received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

See the full list of winners here:

Outstanding Art Direction


Outstanding Directing Team


Outstanding Editing Team

The Queen

Outstanding Lighting Direction

uBettina Wethu

Outstanding Casting


Outstanding Mixing & Editing

Getroud met Rugby

Outstanding Cinematography


Outstanding Makeup & Hairstyling

Gomora Season 2

Outstanding Wardrobe

The Estate

Outstanding Writing Team

The Estate

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Emmanuel Castis, Binnelanders

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Elizabeth Serunye, Skeem Saam

Outstanding Onscreen Couple

Zolisa Xaluva and Thembi Seete, Gomora Season 2

Outstanding Newcomer

Nompumelelo Vilakazi, DiepCity

Outstanding Young Performer

Ditebogo Ledwaba, Generations: The Legacy

Outstanding Lead Actor

Aubrey Poo, The Estate

Outstanding Lead Actress

Lusanda Mbane, Scandal

Outstanding Male Villain

Vusi Kunene, Generations: The Legacy

Outstanding Female Villain

Jessica Nkosi, The Queen

Outstanding Daily TV Drama


Viewer's Choice: Most Popular Show

Skeem Saam

Viewer's Choice Best Actor

Chrispen Nyathi, DiepCity

Viewer's Choice Best Actress

Lebohang Mpyana, DiepCity

Social Cohesion Recognition Award


Background Actor

Themba Sibanyoni, Diepcity

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Dr Lillian Dube

Watch South Africa's daily television stars celebrated at the Royalty Soapie Awards on 2 October at 20:00 on SABC1 (DStv 191).

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