Isibaya cleaned up at the first Royalty Soapie Awards, which were held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli last night. The Mzansi Magic telenovella, which has taken South Africa by storm, was nominated for 18 awards, walking away with 10 awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Soapie.
The awards, founded by Generations actress, Winnie Modise, are a celebration of the soapie genre, the most popular medium of storytelling in South Africa. Isibaya, the new kid on the block, beat out competition from South Africa’s favourite soapies, including Generations, Isidingo, Muvhango and Binnelanders. The e.tv soaps, Scandal and Rhythm City, pulled out of the awards last year and were therefore not in contention.
The legendary Shaleen Surtie-Richards was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30-year contribution to the industry and for her memorable roles on soapies such as Egoli, Generations and 7de Laan.
Top Billing’s Michael Mol shared hosting duties with Hlomla Dandala, who was recently seen on SABC 1’s political thriller, End Game. The awards will be broadcast on SABC 1 at a later date.
Here's the full list of winners
|Siyabonga Twala- Outstanding Lead Actor|
Outstanding Lead Actor
Siyabonga Twala as Mpiyakhe Zungu for Isibaya
Outstanding Lead Actress
Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi Zungu for Isibaya
Outstanding Male Villain
Robert Whitehead as Barker Haines for Isidingo
Outstanding Female Villain
Marisa Drummond as Alexa for Binneland
|Hennie Jacobs- Outstanding Supporting Actor|
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Hennie Jacobs as Diederik for 7de Laan
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Annelize van der Ryst as Matrone Netta Nortje for 7de Laan
Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe and Sechaba Moloi as Lerato Tsotetsi and Sechaba Moloi-Matabane for Isidingo
Simoné Nortmann as Nadia for 7de Laan
Outstanding Make-up & Hair
Outstanding Set Design
Outstanding Writing Team
Outstanding Art Direction
Outstanding Directing Team
Outstanding Editing Team
Outstanding Casting Director
Kutlwano Ditsele and Angus Gibson for Isibaya
|Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe and Sechaba Moloi as Lerato Tsotetsi and Sechaba Moloi-Matabane for Isidingo|