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Saftas 2014: Ironing out the glitches

Rhodé Marshall

The eight annual South African Film and Television Awards ceremony has been a vast improvement on previous years of disastrous organisation.

Organisational challenges made a reappearance during Jahmil X. T Qubeka’s best director acceptance speech for Of Good Report. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

The Saftas were held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg over two days and was hosted by comedians Tumi Morake and Alan Committie.

Improvement, however, did not include disastrous red carpet coverage where guests were welcomed to the Saturday night awards ceremony by a boisterous Bonang Matheba.

Although not broadcast live, technical difficulties resulted in Matheba being mostly inaudible. Some other not-so-technical snags had interviewees uncertain of where to look – Matheba or the camera.

Overpowering music, laid back guests and the exceedingly excited Matheba didn’t quite work together but she managed to hold her own among the chaos.

The break in live feed made a reappearance during Jahmil X. T Qubeka’s best director acceptance speech for Of Good Report.

The formerly banned film took home six awards, including best feature, director, writing team of a feature film, actor in a feature film, supporting actress in a feature film and supporting actor in a feature film. 

Here is a full list of the winners:

Best TV Drama Series
Intersexions: Season 2 by Quizzical Pictures

Best Director of a TV Drama Series
Tebogo Malope and Libby Dougherty for Tempy Pushas

Best Writing Team of a TV Drama Series
Athos Kyriakides and Thuso Sibisi for Room 9

Best Actor in a TV Drama Series
Siyabonga Thwala (Musa) for Intersexions: Season 2

Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama Series
Akhumzi Jezile (Ngulube) for Tempy Pushas

Best Actress in a TV Drama Series
Tina Jaxa (Nokuthula) for Intersexions: Season 2

Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama Series
Harriet Manamela (Meike Maputla) for Skeem Saam

Best Writer of Made for TV Movie
Writing Team for Inside Story

Best Director of a Made for TV Movie
Rolisizwe Nikiwe for Inside Story

Best TV Soap (public vote)
7de Laan

Best Director of a TV Soap
Adze Ugah and Denny Miller for Isibaya

Best Writing Team of a TV Soap
Writing Team for Isibaya

Best Actor in a TV Soap
Siyabonga Thwala (Mpiyakhe Zungu) for Isibaya

Best Actress in a TV Soap
Thembi Nyandeni (Mkabayi Zungu) for Isibaya

Best Ensemble in a TV Soap
Scandal! by Ochre Media

Best TV Comedy Series
Both Worlds for ZA News

Best Director of a TV Comedy Series
Aaron Naidoo and Thierry Cassuto for ZA News

Best Writing Team of a TV Comedy Series
Andrew Donaldson, Anne Hirsch, Marianne Thamm and Thierry Cassuto for ZA News

Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series
Tsholo Monedi (Tiny) for Skwizas: Season 2

Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series
Obed Baloyi (Tsutsuma) for Ga Re Dumele

Best Ensemble in a TV Comedy Series
Late Nite News by Diprente Films

Best Feature Film
Spier Films and New Brighton Pictures for Of Good Report

Best Director of a Feature Film
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka for Of Good Report

Best Writing Team of a Feature Film
Jahmil X.T. Qubeka for Of Good Report

Best Actress in a Feature Film
Antoinette Louw (Elle Winter) for Die Laaste Tango

Best Actor in a Feature Film
Mothusi Magano (Parker Sithole) for Of Good Report

Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film
Tina Jaxa (the head mistress) for Of Good Report

Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film
Tshamano Sebe (Vuyani) for Of Good Report

Best Animation Film
Khumba by Triggerfish Animation Studios


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