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Newcomer, Isibaya walked away with 10 awards but were unable to clinch the coveted award for Most Popular Soapie voted by the public, which went to Binnerland.
Isibaya which airs on Mzansi Magic scooped all the major awards including Outstanding Soapie, Outstanding Lead Actor (Siyabonga Twala) and Outstanding Lead Actress (Thembi Nyandeni).
They also dominated the technical categories including Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Make-Up, Outstanding Casting Director, Outstanding Lighting and Outstanding Editing.
Despite receiving 13 nominations, Generations went home empty handed, while SABC2’s 7de Laan scooped three awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Hennie Jacobs), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Annelize van der Ryst) and Outstanding Newcomer (Simoné Nortmann)
SABC3’s Isidingo clinched the Outstanding Male Villain (Robert Whitehead) and Outstanding Couple (Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe as Lerato Tsotetsi and Sechaba Moloi) awards.
The on screen couple brought charm and rapport to the stage by slipping into their characters while accepting the award.
Shaleen Surtie-Richards received the Lifetime Achievement for her three decades in the industry with memorable roles on soapies such as Egoli, Generations and 7de Laan.
At 58, this was the former kindergarten teacher’s 48th award to date.
Top Billing’s Michael Mol shared hosting duties with Hlomla Dandala, who was recently seen on SABC 1’s political thriller End Game.
Mafikizolo, The Somizi Mhlongo Dance Group and SA’s Got Talent judge, Ian von Memerty kept the crowd entertained with their energetic performances.
The awards were founded by Generations actress Winnie Modise and sponsored by the KZN departments of Sport and Culture, Economic Development and Tourism, the National Department of Arts and Culture and eThekwini Municipality.
E.tv’s Scandal and Rhythm City pulled out of the awards.
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 Heins for Isidingo
Outstanding Female Villain: Marisa Drummond as Alexa for Binneland
Outstanding Soapie: Isibaya
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Hennie Jacobs as Diederik for 7de Laan
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Annelize van der Ryst as Matrone Netta Nortje for 7de Laan
Outstanding Couple: Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe as Sechaba and Lerato for Isidingo
Outstanding Newcomer: Simoné Nortmann as Nadia for 7de Laan
Outstanding Make-up & Hair: Isibaya
Outstanding Set Design: The Wild
Outstanding Writing Team: Isibaya
Outstanding Wardrobe: The Wild
Outstanding Art Direction: Isibaya
Outstanding Directing Team: Isibaya
Outstanding Editing Team: Isibaya
Outstanding Casting Director: Kutlwano Ditsele & Angus Gibson for Isibaya
Outstanding Lighting: Isibaya
Shaleen Surtie-Richards was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award