5 must-see SAFTA-nominated TV shows from Showmax, SABC 3 and Netflix

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Lerato Mvelase on The Estate.
Lerato Mvelase on The Estate.

Recently, the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominees were announced. While the usual favourites dominated the nominations roster, the 16th edition of the local awards also features some surprisingly good and worthy newcomers.

We’ve listed some of our favourite SAFTA-nominated shows to watch, binge and even watch again.


Nominated in the Best Achievement in Original Music/Score (TV Drama) and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting (TV Drama) categories, Umkhokha stars Deli Malinga, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Nay Maps, Hope Mbhele and Linda Sokhulu. 

The faith-based drama is the story of two families contesting the leadership of the biggest church in KwaZulu-Natal after the death of the church leader. With some strong performances from the cast, interesting plot twists and a compelling storyline, Umkhokha’s music resonates with the viewer and feels deeply spiritual. 

Beyond the main plot, the story is also a celebration of culture and the traditions of South Africa’s independent churches – many of which are receiving the spotlight on social media. 

An M-Net Original production and one of the most intriguing series of 2021, you can look out for and binge on Umkhokha on Showmax.


The most nominated documentary at the 2022 SAFTAs, Devilsdorp remains on our top must-see list. The documentary’s five nominations, including Best Made for TV Documentary, Best Achievement in Editing – Documentary and Best Achievement in Cinematography, this Showmax Original lingers.

In 2016, the town of Krugersdorp was reeling from a wave of murders known as the Appointment Murders, where seemingly salespeople and consultants were the targets. 

In an investigation that led to a series of unsolved cold cases, the so-called ‘satanic murders’ all led to one of the most bizarre, so-strange-it-has-to-be-true revelations and, ultimately, prosecution. 

This documentary will intrigue and jolt you into contemplating what other unthinkable, unlikely things could be happening just outside your front door. Watch it on Showmax.

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Based on the story of the Prices and the Potgieters, Legacy is an action-packed telenovela about money, espionage, the thirst for power and complicated relationships inside a South African family. 

Yes, the telenovela is in its second and final season but the drama starring Kgomotso Christopher and Mary-Anne Barlow has maintained its reputation for strong, impressive performances – keeping fans glued to the screen. 

With some of the most recognised names in local entertainment, Legacy’s support cast includes Michelle Botes and Don Mlangeni Nawa, who are nominated in the Best Supporting Actress in a Telenovela and Best Supporting Actor in a Telenovela categories, respectively.  Kgomotso and Mary-Anne have both received nominations in the Best Actress in a Telenovela, and Robert Hobbs, Best Actor in a Telenovela. 

You can catch Legacy, on M-Net (DStv channel 101), Monday to Thursday at 19:00. Stay up to date with what you’ve missed on DStv Catch Up or, if you haven’t yet met the Prices and Potgieters, find it on Showmax.

The Estate

With a brand new season on our screens this week SABC 3’s new telenovela and popular drama series, The Estate, is nominated in the Best Actor in a Telenovela category (Aubrey Poo and Don Mlangeni Nawa) and Most Popular TV Soap or Telenovela – a public voting category. 

The Estate is a gripping premium daily drama that probes the hot topical issues on every South African’s lip: land and identity, corruption, patronage, money (old and new), power, class and equality – all told through a colourful mix of South African families who live in the luxury Echelon Estate and the neighbouring community in Thembalethu township. 

The Estate also stars Sdumo Mtshali, Jo-Anne Reyneke, Lorcia Cooper, Dineo Langa, Mpho Sibeko, Zenokuhle Maseko and Clementine Mosimane who reprise their roles. Season 3 introduces a new family, the Nobengelas, with Dumisani Mbebe and Lerato Mvelase as Melisizwe and Noxolo. 

You can watch The Estate on SABC on weekdays at 19:00, and if you haven’t yet seen it, find its season 1 and 2 box sets on Viu.

I Am All Girls

Netflix’s I Am All Girls, which received 11 nominations across various categories – such as Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Feature Film – is a mystery thriller movie starring Erica Wessels, Hlubi Mboya-Arnold, Deon Lotz, Mothusi Magano and Masasa Mbangeni. 

The film is about a relentless cop who finds common ground with a killer systematically targeting the perpetrators running a powerful child-trafficking ring. It’s a gritty revenge story on sex and child trafficking and comes packed with a formidable performance from the cast. 

Both Hlubi and Erica are nominated in the Best Actress in a Feature Film category, and the film is also nominated in the Best Achievement in Directing category. Watch it now on Netflix.

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