Who’s pulling Saf­tas’ strings?

Laugh­ter sets the agenda, with sit­coms and satire top­ping the nom­i­na­tions list

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Imag­ine a room filled with stars of the big and small screen, gath­ered at a trendy venue in Jo­han­nes­burg’s north­ern sub­urbs on a Thurs­day morn­ing. Imag­ine all th­ese celebs have come to hear whether they have re­ceived ac­knowl­edge­ment for their ef­forts at en­ter­tain­ing South African view­ers this past year. But then, only a show com­pris­ing pup­pets walks away with the most nom­i­na­tions on the day.

This was the re­al­ity of the event an­nounc­ing nom­i­nees for the SA Film and Tele­vi­sion Awards (Saf­tas), with or­gan­is­ers say­ing the awards would be themed around Imag­i­na­tion.

The morn­ing be­longed to the satir­i­cal mar­i­onettes of ZA News: Pup­pet Show, which was nom­i­nated in 11 cat­e­gories.

This was too much for the ac­tual thes­pi­ans in the room; amid moans and groans were mut­ter­ings that the show’s stars were not ac­tors, nor were their cos­tumes “real”.

The com­edy show, broad­cast on StarSat, has yet to air on main­stream tele­vi­sion.

But some peo­ple didn’t mind, es­pe­cially the other nom­i­nees. Co­me­dian Tumi Mo­rake got the nod in the best TV pre­sen­ter cat­e­gory for pop­u­lar re­al­ity se­ries Our Per­fect Wed­ding, and her sit­com, Kota Life Cri­sis, has been nom­i­nated in sev­eral cat­e­gories. “We’ve got eight nom­i­na­tions, that’s all that mat­ters,” said an elated Mo­rake.

“We did re­ally good. It is awe­some to see all those nom­i­na­tions for our show. If I win, South Africa knows me as a gang­ster, so I’ll try not to cry,” she joked.

With re­gard to soapies – the coun­try’s favourite TV genre – e.tv’s Rhythm City bagged five nom­i­na­tions, in the best TV soap, di­rect­ing, scriptwrit­ing, edit­ing and cin­e­matog­ra­phy cat­e­gories. SABC1’s Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy is also in con­tention for a few awards, while the en­ter­tain­ing sit­com Those Who Can’t has nine nom­i­na­tions.

Katlego Maboe of Ex­presso hosted the nom­i­na­tion party solo, but will be joined by TV per­son­al­ity Min­nie Dlamini in host­ing the awards cer­e­mony on March 18 and 20. Dlamini looked gor­geous in a white, fig­ure-hug­ging dress.

Ac­tress Mma­batho Montsho rocked a clean-shaven head. At last week’s pre­miere of Hap­pi­ness Is a Four-let­ter Word, the movie she stars in, she had corn­rows.

Zama Nkosi, CEO of the Na­tional Film and Video Foun­da­tion, which hosts the Saf­tas, said: “Film mak­ing is not only about cre­at­ing awe­some footage; it is also about cre­at­ing footage that can be eas­ily trans­lated for the au­di­ence.”


IN AT­TEN­DANCE Seated are (from left) Masasa Mbangeni, Tumi Mo­rake and Min­nie Dlamini; Mo­rake poses with her hus­band, Mpho Osei-Tutu and Grace Mahlaba. All were present at the Safta nom­i­na­tions an­nounce­ments. This year marks the award cer­e­mony’s 10th an­niver­sary

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