2012 SAFTAs - all the winners

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 12 Mar 2012
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The 2012 South African Film and Television Awards took place at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on Friday and Saturday night and were once more surrounded by an annual signature of the event: controversial chaos. shows and performers weren't involved in proceedings after withdrawing from the ceremony a week and a half ago but some of their shows still won awards.

According to a National Film and Video Foundation spokesperson, the winners had already been chosen when withdrew so event organisers said that the broadcaster would still be acknowledged if they won.

According to this was done against the wishes of the broadcaster and without their knowledge. TVSA asked for's comment and Monde Twala,'s Head of Channel, issued this statement:

The decision to keep’s programming in the SAFTAs award ceremony was made by the NFVF. withdrew all its programming and talent participation from the 2012 South African Film and Television Awards.

The channel is committed to producing fresh and relevant local content, while nurturing some of the greatest talent in the industry. It is for this reason that we are determined to ensure that our creative talent gets genuine recognition for their hard work.

Furthermore, the channel would like to reaffirm its respect for the local film and television industry as a whole.

We will continue with efforts to address the issues relating to the transparency of the SAFTAs and to support the establishment of an independent industry academy which will administer the awards.

Also involved in a beef with the ceremony is popular soapie 7de Laan who didn't submit the soapie for consideration and were excluded from the Public Vote category as a result. For the full fiasco, please see: SAFTAs 2012: 7de Laan fights back.

The non-fiction ceremony was held on Friday and the headline fiction ceremony took place on Saturday night. This was hosted by Bridget Masinga and Jeannie D and aired on SABC3 last night (11th).

Here's who won at both ceremonies, for television and film (the winners are in red):



Best Documentary Editor

Johnny Lawrence Nkgapele (Made in China)
Nicholas Costras (The Dawn of a New Day)
Ronelle Lootes (Robert Mugabe - What Happened)

Best Documentary Cinematographer

Jan du Toit (The Karaoke Killers)
Johnathan Kovel (Made in China)
Ryley Grunenwald (The Dawn of a New Day)
Dudley Saunders (Surfing Soweto)

Best Director in a Documentary

Ryley Grunenwald (The Dawn of a New Day)
Dylan Valley (Afrikaaps)
Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto)

Best Documentary Feature

Surfing Soweto (Cinga Productions)
The Dawn of a New Day (Marie-Vérité Films)
Robert Mugabe - What Happened (Spier Films)

Best Documentary Short

The Karaoke Killers (Tin Rage TV)
Made in China (Born Free Media)
Secret to Survival (Tin Rage TV)


Best Producer in a Wildlife Programme

Peter Lamberti, Phil Fairclough, Benjamin Hewett (Cameramen Who Dare - Shark Swarm)
Dereck Joubert, Beverly Joubert (Big Cat Odyssey)
Peter Lamberti, Billi-Jean Parker (Lion Army)

Best Wildlife Editor

Elmien Fourie (Crocodile Ganglands)
Elmien Fourie (Lion Army)
Elmien Fourie, Este Nortje (Swamp Lions)
Candice Odgers (Big Cat Odyssey)

Best Wildlife Cinematographer

Peter Lamberti (Crocodile Ganglands)
Nathan Pilcher (Lion Army)
John Varty (Leopard Queen)
Dereck Joubert (Big Cat Odyssey)
Nathan Pilcher (Swamp Lions)

Best TV Wildlife Programme

Swamp Lions (Aquavision Tv Productions)
Cameramen Who Dare - Shark Swarm (Aquavision Tv Productions)
Big Cat Odyssey (Wildlife Films)


Best Youth & Children Programme

YOTV - Ntunjambili (Urban Brew - Yotv)
Against All Odds (Penguin Films)
Jam Alley Crew vs Crew (Red Pepper)
Super Sonic (Urban Brew Studios)


Best Factual/Educational Entertainment

Secret to Survival (Tin Rage TV)
Made in China (Born Free Media)
Media Matters (Engage-Entertainment)
Groen (Homebrew Films)


Best News & Actuality Programme

No Place Like Home - a Brazil Prison Story (Cheryl Uys-Allie)
Carte Blanche (Carte Blanche)
Speak Out (Red Pepper)


Best Magazine Programme

Carte Blanche: TX 20 Feb 2011 (Adoption) (Carte Blanche)
All Access Mzansi EP 3 and 14 (Homebrew Films)
Pasella - Tuin, Mens, Verf, Blou and Moeder (Tswelopele Productions)
Headline (Urban Brew Studios)


Best Variety Show

Studio 1 (Magic Factory)
Mzansi Magic First Birthday Special (Don't Look Down Convergence Agency)
The Masters of Rhythm (Don't Look Down Convergence Agency)


Best Music Show

Afro Cafe Season 7 (Bonngoe Productions)
Club 808 (Red Pepper)
Jam Alley Crew vs Crew (Red Pepper)


Best Talk Show

My Top Ten: My Life in Music (Don't Look Down Convergence Agency)
Redi (Imani Media)
Tonight with Trevor Noah (Urban Brew Studios)


Best Reality Show

Jam Sandwich (Meerkat Media and Mahala Media)
Sharp Shooter - South Africa (Sharp Shooter Productions (pty) Limited)
One Day Leader (Urban Brew Studios)


Best Game Show

Jam Alley Crew vs Crew (Red Pepper)
Noot vir Noot 35 (Stemmburg Television)
Kom Ons Karaoke (Urban Brew Studios)


Best TV Drama Series

Zone 14 (The Bomb Shelter)
Intersexions (Curious Pictures)
Sokhulu & Partners (Paw Paw Films)

Best Director on a TV Drama Series

Intersexions EP 4 & 20 (Rolie Nikiwe)
Sokhulu & Partners (Natalie Haarhof)
Intersexions EP 8 (Catharine Cooke)

Best Actor in a TV Drama Series

Thato Moraka as "Tshepo" (Intersexions)
Katleho Ramapakela as "Thami" (Intersexions)
Siyabonga Radebe as "Muzi" (Intersexions)

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Series

Ronnie Nyakale as "Khaya Ncube" (Fallen)
Motlatsi Mafatshe as "Litha Zwane" (Sokhulu & Partners)
Israel Makoe as "Israel" (Zone 14)

Best Actress in a TV Drama Series

Lindiwe Ntuli as "Mbali" (Fallen)
Lungelo Dladla as "Buhle" (Intersexions)
Linda Sokhulu as "Pam" (Sokhulu & Partners)

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama Series

Xolile Tshabalala as "Mandi" (Fallen)
Nolwazi Shange as "Ntombi" (Intersexions)
Harriet Manamela as "Ntombi Ntshebe" (Sokhulu & Partners)

Best Writing Team in a TV Drama Series

Chisanga Kabinga (Intersexions EP 4)
Denis Venter, Portia Gumede (Sokhulu & Partners)
Linda Bere, Brent Quinn and team (Intersexions EP 20)

Best DOP/Cinematographer in a TV Drama Series

Trevor Calverley (Intersexions EP 20)
Trevor Calverley (Intersexions EP 8)
Trevor Calverley (Intersexions EP 4)
Greg Heimann (Sokhulu & Partners)

Best Editor on a TV Drama Series

Melanie Golden (Intersexions EP 4)
Melanie Golden (Intersexions EP 8)
Melanie Golden (Intersexions EP 20)

Best Production Design in a TV Drama Series

Intersexions (Marna Heunis)
Sokhulu & Partners (Esme Viviers)
Zone 14 Production Team

Best Music Composition in a TV Drama Series

Afrika Mkhize (Fallen)
Sue Lubner (Intersexions)
Phillip Miller (Zone 14)

Best Costume Design in a TV Drama Series

Rochelle Selling (Intersexions)
Zanele Mhlanga (Sokhulu & Partners)
Nadia Kruger, Phillipa Heydenrych, Themba Qongo (Zone 14)

Best Make-up & Hair Stylist in a TV Drama Series

Smartie Olifant (Intersexions)
Evelyn Gambe (Sokhulu & Partners)
Sheila Petlele (Zone 14)

Best Sound Design in a TV Drama Series

Janno Muller, Tim Pringle (Intersexions EP 4)
Janno Muller, Tim Pringle (Intersexions EP 20)
Janno Muller, Tim Pringle (Intersexions Ep 8)


Best Director on a TV Soap

Alex Yazbek, Johnny Barbuzano (The Wild)
Heleni Handt, Hlomla Dandala, Joshua Rous (Scandal!)
Herbert Hadebe, Eric Mogale, Kekeletso Mphuthi, Sacha Clelland-Strokes (Rhythm City)

Best Actors in a TV Soap

Mduduzi Mabaso as "Suffocate" (Rhythm City)
Tumisho Masha as "Modise Tladi" (The Wild)
Shona Ferguson as "Alex" (Scandal!)
Clint Brink as "Tino" (Scandal!)

Best Actress in a TV Soap

Karin van der Laag as "Maggie" (Isidingo)
Michelle Botes as "Cherel" (Isidingo)
Lele Ledwaba as "Diksie Lebone" (The Wild)
Louise Barnes as "Donna" (Scandal!)

Best Ensemble on a TV Soap

Rhythm City (Curious Pictures)
Isidingo (Endemol South Africa)
The Wild (M-Net Magic Factory)

Best Writing Team on a TV Soap

Rhythm City (Charlie Sapadin and Team)
Scandal! (Julie Barker, Mark Graham Wilson and Team)
Generations Writing Team

Best Technical Team on a TV Soap

Rhythm City
The Wild

Best Art Direction on a TV Soap

Rhythm City (Kagiso Malefane)
Isidingo (Art Directing Team)
The Wild (Marlene Ming)

Best Post Production Team on a TV Soap

Rhythm City

Best TV Soap (Public vote)

The Wild
Rhythm City


Best Director on a TV Comedy

Harald Richter (Proesstraat)
Joshua Rous (Gauteng Maboneng)
Martin Koboekae, Joshua Rous, Segomotso Keorapetse (Ga Re Dumele)

Best Actor in a TV Comedy

James Ngcobo as "Mojo" (Stokvel)
Obed Baloyi as "Tsutsuma" (Ga Re Dumele)
Peter Mashigo as "Pastor Tlhong" (Ga Re Dumele)
Boikie Pholo as "Ratau" (Ga Re Dumele)

Best Actress in a TV Comedy

Meme Ditshego as "Josephine" (Ga Re Dumele)
Andrea Dondolo as "Ayanda" (Stokvel)
Lele Ledwaba as "Pinkie" (Stokvel)

Best Ensemble

Stokvel (Penguin Films)
Proesstraat (Richter Medien)
Ga Re Dumele (Rous House Productions & 24 Hours Productions)
Gauteng Maboneng (Engage-Entertainment)

Best Post-Production Team In TV Comedy

Gauteng Maboneng, EP 1
Gauteng Maboneng, EP 5

Best Technical Team in a TV Comedy

Gauteng Maboneng, EP 5
Gauteng Maboneng, EP 1

Best Art Direction on a TV Comedy

Gauteng Maboneng (Martha Sibanyoni)
Ga Re Dumele (Martha Sibanyoni)
Rasdien (Anita Beasley)

Best Writing Team on a TV Comedy

Proesstraat (Harald Richter and team)
Gauteng Maboneng (Luke Rous)
Rasdien (Greig Coetzee, Lise Oppett, Hannes Brummer)

Best TV Comedy

Gauteng Maboneng (Engage-Entertainment)
Stokvel (Penguin Films)
Ga Re Dumele (Rous House Productions & 24 Hours Productions)



Best Student Film

Umkhumbi Wethu - Our Ship (AFDA)
Pushers (Bigfish School Of Digital Filmmaking)
Near Life (City Varsity)
Ordinary Life (City Varsity)


Best Short Film

Dirty Laundry (Stealth Donkey Moving Pictures)
Bomlambo - Those of the Water (AFDA)
Ubuntu's Wounds (Black Drop Productions)


Best Animation

Jungle Beat: This Little Light of Mine (Sunrise Productions)
In Sickness (The Animation School)
YOTV Mvubu and Friends (Urban Brew - Yotv)


Best Director

Oliver Hermanus (Skoonheid)
Timothy Greene (Skeem)
Jann Turner (Paradise Stop)
Khalo Matabane (State of Violence)

Best Actor

Jeremy Crutchley as "Alan Riley" (Retribution)
Dean Lotz as "Francois van Heerden" (Skoonheid)
Joe Mafela as "Khumbulani Maphosa" (Retribution)
Fana Mokoena as "Bobedi" (State of Violence)

Best Supporting Actor

Motlatse Mafatshe as "Chappies" (State of Violence)
Neo Ntlatleng as "OJ" (State of Violence)
Patrick Mofokeng as "Willie" (Master Harold and the Boys)
Andrew Thompson as "Hein" (Roepman)

Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Scott as "Elena van Heerden" (Skoonheid)
Jennifer Steyn as "Betty" (Master Harold and the Boys)
Desire Gardner as "Erika Rademan" (Roepman)

Best Writing Team

Timothy Greene (Skeem)
Greg Latter (Black Butterflies)
Mukunda Michael Dewil (Retribution)
Khalo Matabane (State of Violence)

Best Cinematographer

Miroslaw Baszak (The Bang Bang Club)
Trevor Calverley (Night Drive)
Miles Goodall (Retribution)
Giulio Biccariu (Black Butterflies)

Best Editor in a Feature Film

Adam Broer, Tanja Hagen (Paradise Stop)
Richard Starkey (Retribution)
Ron Sanders (The Bang Bang Club)
Sander Vos (Black Butterflies)
CA van Aswegen (Roepman)

Best Production Designer

J. Franz Lewis (Skoonheid)
Darryl Hammer (Black Butterflies)
Waldemar Coetsee (Roepman)

Best Music Composition

Phillip Miller (The Bang Bang Club)
Ben Ludik (Skoonheid)
Phillip Miller (Black Butterflies)
Barry Donnelly (Master Harold and the Boys)

Best Costume Designer

Ree Donnelly (Black Butterflies)
Pierre Viennings (Master Harold and the Boys)
Marle Drotsky (Roepman)

Best Make-Up/Hair Stylist in a Feature Film

Marli Kruger (The Bang Bang Club)
Julia Rubinstein (Skeem)
Raine Nicholette Edwards (Black Butterflies)

Best Sound Designer

Philip Miller (The Bang Bang Club)
Barry Donelly (Black Butterflies)
Simon Ratcliffe (Retribution)

Best Feature Film

Skoonheid (Moonlighting Films)
Black Butterfies (Spier Films)
Roepman (The Film Factory)


guy gaga
12 Mar 2012 00:29

It was nice a ceremony.....i enjoyed, congarts to intersexion it derseve every award that they Best Actress in Soapie i still dont understand how Maggie won personally i think Michelle Botes deserved the what ETV so going to do with its awards because i think those shows derserve those awards the fight between NVF and ETV let it not affect production houses that done good job....

12 Mar 2012 07:59

Dear Etv hu cares? Like reali?  Make ya own awards. 
7de Laan move to eTV.

SABC please stop making the show abt ya programmes.

Dear SAFTA chairman/ceo let journalist be the judges. Not SABC folks.

To ISIDINGO you deserve it so BIG UP to you. Keep up the good work.

12 Mar 2012 08:56

why is the WILD given so much credit when its so boring. Mimi cant ACT..............

12 Mar 2012 08:57

congrats to ISIDINGO, they should have won the best Technical Team

12 Mar 2012 09:09

yay!!!yipeeee isidingo won best soapie*excited*

hau maggie as best actress,i mean i havent seen her in like ages...michelle botes deserved that award...

12 Mar 2012 09:11

#deathby "public vote" : 
they abandoned Generubish for Isidingo...Thumps UP!

12 Mar 2012 10:39

OK! So Isidingo won Best TV Soap, how come their ratings are so low and Generation's ratings are sooooo high up? BEST TV  SOAP! Really? 

12 Mar 2012 10:53

Congratulations to The Wild, it is the best produced show in the country. @MissFabulous: Its not about the amount of viewers you have, its about the quality of the production, acting and everything else that goes into the show. Isidingo is miles ahead of Generations in everything. Its a pity they lack in viewership.

12 Mar 2012 11:10

Where is biggiesmall Isidingo did it yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

12 Mar 2012 11:20

Makisto you are right ....

12 Mar 2012 11:28

Justin i dnt think best sopie has got anything to do with quality production or whatever its a lot to do with us being die hard generations fans but not voting.. im one of the many generations fans who ddnt vote but it doesnt mean i'll stop being a fan

12 Mar 2012 12:10

Sorry guys, it is about viewers. Go to any creative, even those who are in advertising, newspapers everywhere, you become a creative because you want people to watch or read or buy into it. Makisto will agree, he doesn't write articles to read them by himself, you write them so that people read and comment, when it's millions you are even more happy. Advertisers also create ads so that people buy into it so they can go buy a product. Television writers write for viewers, no writer even book writers would say I just write even for five people, that would be a lie. So, having viewers is the point not awards.

12 Mar 2012 12:38

I was quite confused as to why Intersexions was nominated 3 times in 1 category . Can someone help understand that. Congrats to Isidingo and Intersexions !

12 Mar 2012 12:38

I said it before and i am still saying it People enjoy junk food more than healthy food. So Isidingo = Healthy Food Generations = Junk food

12 Mar 2012 12:44

what does "public vote" mean then if it's not about viewers??? who is the public??

i'm with u Vuyo, i also ddnt vote bt award or not, i take "generubish" as the best

12 Mar 2012 12:53

Best TV soap, Isidingo aah I don't believe this-The best TV soap its Generations no matter what they says "we all know that" and its not a deal... eeh SAFTAS

12 Mar 2012 12:59

generations rocks, all the way! award or no award it's the best!

12 Mar 2012 13:41

Congrats to Scandal(Best Post Production Team on a TV soap) and Rhythm city(Best Writing Team on a TV Soap)- I'm still saying best tv soap is Generations and Isidingo don't deserve that award, they should give it to Generations...sad but true hey... LOL

tha - bang
12 Mar 2012 18:22

the saftas are a can someone be the only nominee in a category and run against themselves based on episodes?how can a director be nominated for best director but his feature not being nominated for best feature? the industry needs credibility but this is not the way to do it

12 Mar 2012 22:01

ISIDINGO TEAM CONGRATS, YOU DESERVE IT. QUALITY!!!!! As 4 SAFTA do something what a boring..........

12 Mar 2012 22:45

Isidingo does NOT deserve that Damn award nxa! And in what universe is Karin Van Der Laag a better actress then Michelle Botes? Haibo di SAFTAs is nothing but a joke! Thank God I decided not to watch mxm! Why is Generations now Generubies? I really love that soap hey I did get pissed when my grandad made me watch it all the time,but then I realized it has a good story line and solid following. @Justin ratings matter a great deal without viewers u r nothing I won't lie hey... My favorite soapy is Scandal but give. Credit where credit is due! I will never watch the SAFTAs again just the thought that Karin won best actress goes beyond me damn! Michele deserved that award! Like I said I'm a soapy queen hence I have my favorite to Isidingo fans congrats on Ur soapy winning! Even though they did not deserve to win#

12 Mar 2012 22:52

Bathong this Awards I really don't take them seriously.... Who was really judging and based of what...? Bathong I mean Maggie from Isidingo, best actress....? Really? Maggie should have won "best extra award "..... As fir best actor in soapie again going to Tumisho, aowa bathong ewrongo, kanti the judges are blind...? Maybe is time I become a new judge, they need to fire all this judges..... I still believe Gayrations is the best......

13 Mar 2012 15:34

ISIDINGO Congrats, i love both Genrations and Isidingo, but Isidingo i way ahead of Generations,. they derserved it.

13 Mar 2012 16:04

Isidingo to come nice Isidingo waya waya hooooooooooooorrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

14 Mar 2012 06:12

I really love karin van de laag but her role in isidingo was a supporting one.she should have won the supporting actress and michelle botes aka bad gal cherel should have won the lead actress.isidingo did very well the past year and the saftas didn't acknowledge the best stars.KENNETH MASHABA FROM GENERATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AND I BET WIN TOO.I LOVED THE GEN EPISODE WHEN HE TOLD RUBY 'IF SATAN WAS A WOMAN,I SWEAR THAT LITTLE SICHACHA(DINEO).....what more can i say

14 Mar 2012 06:12

I really love karin van de laag but her role in isidingo was a supporting one.she should have won the supporting actress and michelle botes aka bad gal cherel should have won the lead actress.isidingo did very well the past year and the saftas didn't acknowledge the best stars.KENNETH MASHABA FROM GENERATIONS SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AND I BET WIN TOO.I LOVED THE GEN EPISODE WHEN HE TOLD RUBY 'IF SATAN WAS A WOMAN,I SWEAR THAT LITTLE SICHACHA(DINEO).....what more can i say

14 Mar 2012 07:32

Who are theses people that voted for Isidingo, why aren't they watching the show if it is so good; Fact is, RC kicked it's ass in the 18h30 slot, then they moved it to the 19h30 slot and Scandal is continuing where RC left, RC and Scandal have made Isidingo their Biatch, RC and Scandal run this town; and that's a fact! The numbers don't lie.

14 Mar 2012 15:45

If the number dont lie then Generations should have won but nada

14 Mar 2012 16:02

I didnt even know about these awards. I was just browsing around when i saw the blubbly JennyD on my screen.

I can't really comment on some awards but whoever voted for Maggie was definitely high on somehting. I have nothing against her but COME ON or should i say COMMON! You can not put Cherel and Maggie on the same page. NEVER maan!

15 Mar 2012 07:03

All am saying that there is no limit to how many times a person can vote, one could be sitting in their basement voting away, that won't translate into increased ARs, you can win all the awards in the world in the world, that doesn't mean that you are the best at what you do and more so for this SAFTAs. Public vote, who is the public is what matters. I watch Scandal and RC and didn't vote for them cos etv withdrew them. The SAFTAs are a fuss, so I don't think we should be tooting our horn for winning any award from them. They are run by the SABC after and they are not credible. How can you run an aawrd show for your own shows, doesn't make sense to me.
I recently watched The Wild for the first time and I have to say that the show is slick and if I had a choice, it is a show I would watch.

16 Mar 2012 13:42

haaaaaa! how does isidigo wins whyl genaration is ahead in votes at puplic votes   there's a bribe laaa!

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