SAFTAs 2012: 7de Laan fights back

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 16 Feb 2012
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7de Laan

By now you are probably well aware that the SABC2 soapie 7de Laan has been omitted for consideration for Best Soapie in the public vote category of the 6th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) - a seemingly vindictive decision by the custodians of the top awards ceremony in the entertainment industry, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

The NFVF have tried to indemnify themselves by claiming that 7de Laan did not submit itself for consideration, but since the Best Soapie award is one decided by public vote they merely come off as looking like they bear a grudge after the boycott by 7de Laan of the awards last year following an SMS debacle.

In fact, the entire saga itself should probably be nominated for Best Soapie, filled as it is with backstabbing, betrayal, secrets and lies.

Following a massive outcry from rabid 7de Laan fans, Danie Odendaal Productions - who produce 7de Laan - released the following statement about the affair:

Danie Odendaal Productions is disappointed to hear that 7de Laan has been excluded for consideration as Best Soap for the 2012 SAFTAs, an award which we have won in 2010 and 2011.

We were unaware that it was the NFVF's policy to exclude productions from this category if they elected not to submit entries for consideration in the performance categories. We find this policy surprising, given the fact that the title of Best Soap is awarded by a Public Vote, and we would have thought all Soaps broadcast in South Africa should be eligible regardless of their participation in the other categories.

The exclusion of 7de Laan from the Best Soap Award confirms our reservations with the SAFTAs selection process for Soaps. Most soaps produce 260 episodes a year and consist of strong ensemble casts and carry four to five storylines per episode.

To insist that Performance Awards should be judged on a maximum of three episodes makes no sense for the soaps. No single episode could effectively showcase the work of any single cast member – especially when many on the judging panel do not necessarily watch the programme regularly.

We feel our technical and creative crew members do outstanding work for television and find it unacceptable that the technical and artistic awards for soaps are discretionary and only considered in extremely special cases. The volume of work done by these individuals, let alone the quality, should motivate categories for technical and artistic crew.

Danie Odendaal Productions is not boycotting the Awards, but given our reservations around the selection process, we felt it would be inadvisable to single out individuals from our strong cast for consideration.

What do you think? Should all soapies be automatically entered into the Best Soapie category, or should the onus be on the shows to submit themselves?


17 Feb 2012 00:21

7de Laan is a sh*t soapie and I don't understand y they won previously in the 1st place. The storyline has deteriorated over the years and it's become a tad unrealistic. No community could love ech othe that much.

17 Feb 2012 09:47

Soapies should submit themselves and This Dannie man may feel like his group does outstanding work but its a load of BULL!!!! 7de.Laan is the most boring soapY on TV... Done! So just shut up Dannie

17 Feb 2012 09:56

I think all soaps (no matter what it is) should be entered automatically.

17 Feb 2012 11:04

I agree with you Allyv, all the soapy should be entered.... Listener up and listen carefull those who hate 7delaan need to stay down.... or take a chill pill maan..... rona ra rata sjoe! LOL

17 Feb 2012 15:40

those who say de laan is kak dnt know nathng,its better dan generatns.sies man

angelz 28
17 Feb 2012 16:34

7de laan is one of da best soapie in da world 
realy donno wat urll hate 
i think they should have went in 

17 Feb 2012 22:28

@Angels 28 if u love the laan good for u but I have no interest in finding out,when Hilda is going to hang the laken again or what new food she's coming up with if u find that interesting good for u,I will stick to generations,isdingo,scandal and Rhythm city... So those are top quality soaps and the laan can't compare with that... 7delaan does not have any of the 7elements which a soapie,drama or even. Film should have... Enjoy ur "top qualit"y crap called 7delaan I will watch soaps who r worth the watch and worth my time...

18 Feb 2012 08:11

LOL! @Kulie 7de laan is kak n then some.You can go jump off a cliff and take the sopie with u,sies ook.

18 Feb 2012 12:18

LOL @Purepersonality you first, you first sweety.@Shanydoodle no one asked you which soapies are worth watching just keep on your mind.

18 Feb 2012 12:52

Oh mika darlin to each's own i ain't jumpin off no cliff for sumthng that ain't worth it mara since u feel so strongly abwt it instead of the cliff hold Kulie's hand & go under a rock. lol!!!

18 Feb 2012 12:53

A gigantic 1,where no one will see ya n ur beloved sopie.

18 Feb 2012 13:26

LSHIHTDSSWTCD @Purepesonality, whatever man, you're a funny man.

18 Feb 2012 17:26

@Mika SHUT UP and don't mess with me

18 Feb 2012 17:27

@Mika. Everybody is entitled to a comment leave me to mine if u love 7de laan good for u,a whole lota people DONT

18 Feb 2012 18:15

I don't have anything to say to you "WHATEVER YOU SAID BACK TO YOUR MOUTH"

20 Feb 2012 11:12

Eish guys, this isn't a war hey... stop badmouthing eachother...
Some of us like 7de Laan and others don't... nobody's trying to force anyone to watch... if you don't like it, don't watch it...

All they were asking was if a soap (any soap) should be entered automatically or not... that's all! They didn't ask whether or not you thought the show sucked...

Everybody has their own opinion... no need to show your teeth and claws... 


20 Feb 2012 14:51

20 Feb 2012 14:52

very wrong in so many levels.....if they are excluded then at least it should be a valid rizin as to wy not include them

20 Feb 2012 16:52

@PruLuv, I couldn't agree more

11 May 2012 11:37

I love this show

26 Oct 2012 12:59

i so dnt agree wit u numba1 u no nthing dude 7de laan is da bst soap in da wrld u suck dude big tym

26 Oct 2012 13:00

i so luv 7de laan nd they reli desrve what eva dey get(gud tings)

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