SAFTAs: When We Were Black Takes Top TV Award

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 29 Oct 2007
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The SABC1 mini-series When We Were Black scooped the television drama awards at the second annual South African Film and Television Academy awards (SAFTAs) on Saturday night, taking home seven awards including the most prestigious TV prize of all, Best TV Drama.

The four-part mini-series was created and directed by Khalo Matabane, who won the Golden Horn for Best Director, and was produced by Bornfree Media.

The Heartlines series of films and the corporate drama The Lab - both made by Curious Pictures - registered three wins apiece.

The biggest winner of the night in the TV categories, however, was the SABC3 soapie Isidingo, which won 10 of the 14 soapie awards, blitzing all its competitors.

SABC2's Muvhango won two awards and SABC1's Generations and's Scandal! won a single award each.

The comedy awards were evenly spread, with no runaway winners. M-Net's Laugh Out Loud won Best Comedy and two other awards, while Stokvel picked up three awards as well.

Stokvel star James Ngcobo won Best Actor in a Comedy for the second year running, for his role as Mojo Khumalo.

Below is an abridged list of award winners, along with the nominees in each category (winners are marked in bold) - for the full list of all award winners please visit the SAFTAs 2007 show page.
TV Drama

Best TV Drama

When We Were Black
Heartlines: The Good Provider
The Lab

Best Director in a TV Drama

The Lab - Barry Berk
Heartlines: The Good Provider - Barry Berk
When We Were Black - Khalo Matabane

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Heartlines: The Good Provider - Nthathi Moshesh
Home Affairs - Brenda Ngxoli
The Lab - Nambitha Mpumlwana

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Fana Mokoena - The Lab
Graham Hopkins - The Lab
Patrick Mofokeng - Heartlines: The Good Provider

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama

Bayo Jwalo - Gaz'lam
Harriet Manamela - When We Were Black
Ferry Jele - Society

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama

Tumisho Masha - Gaz'lam
Simo Magwaza - Hard Copy
Jody Abrahams - Hard Copy
Jerry Mofokeng - When We Were Black

Best Ensemble Cast in a TV Drama

Hard Copy
The Lab - casting by Moonyeenn Lee & Gabi Cirillo
When We Were Black
TV Comedy

Best TV Comedy

City Ses'la
Laugh Out Loud

Best Director in a TV Comedy

Josh Rous - City Ses'la
Johnny Barbuzano - Izoso Connexion
Craig Freimond - Sorted

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Jo da Silva - Gabriël
Nkuli Sibeko - City Ses'la
Manaka Ranaka - Stokvel

Best Actor in a TV Comedy

James Ngcobo - Stokvel
Lionel Newton - Sorted
Meren Reddy - City Ses'la

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy

Elize Cawood - Gabriël
Denise Newman - Gabriël
Andrea Dondolo - Stokvel
Helene Truter - Laugh Out Loud

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy

Tshamano Sebe - Stokvel
Ben Kruger - Gabriël
Alan Committie - Laugh Out Loud
TV Soap

Best Director in a TV Soap

Ronnie Lennox - Generations
Duma Ka-Ndlovu - Muvhango
Directing Team - Isidingo

Best Actress in a TV Soap

Mara Louw - Muvhango
Michelle Botes - Isidingo
Keketso Semoko - Isidingo

Best Actor in a TV Soap

Menzi Ngubane - Generations
Don Mlangeni Nawa - Isidingo
Siyabonga Twala - Scandal!

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Soap

Winnie Ntshaba - Generations
Velephi Mnisi - Muvhango
Hlubi Mboya - Isidingo

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Soap

Robert Feldman - Isidingo
Clint Brink - Scandal!
Mike Mvelase - Generations
Chris Beasley - Isidingo
Craig Urbani - Isidingo

Best Ensemble Cast in a TV Soap

Muvhango Cast
Generations Cast
Isidingo Cast
TV Non-Fiction

Best Factual Entertainment Programme

Zola 7

Best Education Programme

Walala wa sala
50/50 Semaka
What's Your Story

Best Children/Youth Programme

Adv @ The Water Hole
Take 5 - Virginity Testing
Whip The Chef

Best Magazine Programme

Studio 53
Top Billing
Free Spirit

Best Variety Programme

Afro Café
Strictly Come Dancing

Best Game Show

Summer Games
The Gen Game
The Weakest Link

Best Reality Show

The Sho'T Left Challenj
Elite Ops
The Cut: South Africa

Best Talk Show

The Chat Room

Best Sports Programme

Slam Dunk
Women In Sport

Best Wildlife Show

Deadly Summer
Dive To Tiger Central
Pemba: Groen

Best Made-For-TV Movie

Beat Out The Devil
Bayethe Jesu

For the full list of all award winners please visit the SAFTAs 2007 show page.


29 Oct 2007 02:31

Congratulation to the Isidingo team... I don't think it's a suprise they did so well - Then what is with the story that Generations is the no 1 soapie in SA?

29 Oct 2007 03:15

Lemon_Lite, Generations may not be the 'best' soapy in SA (how would you quantify that anyway?) but it has the most viewers, so therefor it would make most sense that they get the most votes.

29 Oct 2007 09:49

the country has gone MANTOS, like in the tv ad... generations winning the best soap was crazy.... and to think the public voted for this crap of a series.

30 Oct 2007 05:46

I wish SABC 1 would repeat When we where Black cause i missed it the first time around.

30 Oct 2007 07:12

congrats to my man Siyabonga twala  and the rest...............

05 Nov 2007 14:08

Hey...everyone hope you're all cool.I'm the new kid on the blog and i hope i'm gonna enjoy being on this blog.hurray!!!!!! 

05 Nov 2007 14:15

welcome Crazy boy *warm hug*

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