Its no surprise, The River Mzansi, a telenovela drama series on 1 Magic received 17 nominations at the 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFATA).
The show first made its debut on our screens at the end of January last year and quickly matched up, if not bettered, to the general standard of telenovel drama series currently being screened on Mzansi Magic.
ZAlebs reported that the telenovela depicts the lives of the Moekoena and Dlamini families. The story is set in Pretoria, where these very different families get to navigate their way around the discovery of a diamond in Cullinan. But the journey sows division for both families fractions.
The news of this telenovelo receiving 17 nods at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA), was well received by social media followers as it proved to be one of the favourite shows currently.
Here is a list of other notable departments and actors and actresses that made the cut for the SAFTA nominations list:
1. Best actress - Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe and Moshidi Motshegwa as Malefu
2. Best Actor - Hlomla Dandala as Zweli, as well as Presely Chweneyagae as Cobra
3. Best Achievement in Directing – Telenovela
4. Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela
5. Best Telenovela
6. Best Supporting Actor – Lawrence Maleka as Zolaniand Zenzo Nggobe as Percy
7. Best Supporting Actress – Ferry Jele as Veronica
8. Best Achievement in Art – Telenovela, Amanda Scholtz
9. Best Achievement in Hair and Makeup – Telenovela, Bongi Mlotshwa
10. Best Achievement in Wardrobe – Telenovela, Nombulelo Sithole
11. Best Achievement in Cinematography – Gaopalelwe Kabo and Trevor Brown
12. Best Achievement in Sound - Sound Team
13. Best in Original Score/Music - Brendan Jury
It's no wonder that the telenovela's season 1 had so many nominations at the #SAFTA, it's because of their riveting storylines that keeps audiences in tuned, and coming back for more.
Social media fans were delighted at the announcement and posted congratulatory messaged to the team. Here are some of the messages:
More than a month ago, Briefly.co.za about The River's Linda Mtoba opening up about her blissful marriage.
The star of The River TV series opened up about her 2-year marriage in a recent interview with DJ Fresh on Metro FM. Linda revealed that she'd like to have as many as 5 kids.
"I would like five (kids). He (her hubby) says, 'Let's have one and see.' We have two puppies, Gorilla and Penguin," she said.
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