Iconic soapies wash their hands of Saftas
Organisers say it is unfortunate
THE organisers of the
South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) have grudgingly resigned themselves to the fact that they will again have to host the event without two of South Africa’s premier soapies, Generations: The Legacy and Muvhango.
The popular soapies are missing from the 12th Safta Most Popular TV Soap/ Telenovela category.
Seventeen of Mzansi’s soaps and telenovelas have been shortlisted for this year’s Saftas edition. Voting lines for the public category opened on January 19.
National Film and Video Foundation chief executive officer Zama Mkosi said it was unfortunate that the two iconic soapies didn’t submit content for the awards.
“We find it disappointing and unfortunate... We want to see 100% participation. We wouldn’t want any production being left behind.”
Generations: The Legacy PR manager Gaaratwe Mokhethi cited lack of recognition as the reason for not entering Safta.
“We have been entering the Saftas since the inception of Generations: The Legacy in 2014, hoping our talent will be recognised, but unfortunately our cast has not received such recognition from the Saftas,” she was quoted as saying.
Mkosi said it was not out of their lack of effort to reach out from their side.
“Some opinions reflected on social media are misinformed and don’t reflect the reality of our guidelines. We spend a lot of time reviewing those guidelines. We want to protect the credibility of the process,” she said.
She added that this year’s event will be centred around how golden the stories are.
“We have to believe that they are golden... and that there is value in our stories. One of the key things we are going to be focusing on is the story of Nelson Mandela because it is his centenary.”
Mkosi explained that the nomination process involved 266 judges.
“We engage with production houses that did not participate and try to find out what their issues are,” Mkosi said.
“Are there issues or challenges that they are dealing which we can help with? Between Saftas 11 and now, I and other chairpersons did quite a lot of road shows and met with production houses,” she explained.
“Some of them ultimately decided to enter, while some made the choice that they would not participate.”
The hopefuls didn’t have to be screened to a paying audience for seven days.
The number of entries this year is 348.
The organisers have partnered with the North West provincial government as co-sponsors as part of their efforts to develop and transform the film industry in other provinces outside Gauteng. This year’s awards ceremony will be held in Sun City, North West.
Each year the Saftas ceremony is held over two nights, with the first night dedicated to non-fiction categories and the second night to fiction.
The second night is a live broadcast on SABC 2 and the broadcast will be repeated on Mzansi Magic at a later date.