For those who keep TV alive

Zenoyise Madikwa

Zenoyise Madikwa

All television industry players will be honoured at the Golden Plume Awards tomorrow at The Castle in Kyalami.

A total of 30 people will be honoured for their contribution to the industry over the past 30 years. Behind-the-scenes and on-screen players will all be feted.

SABC board chairman Eddie Funde said that the honours will go to those who have excelled in sports, drama, documentaries, music and live broadcasting.

"The Plume Awards are about honouring the faces you've known and loved on TV over the past 30 years, as well as those who aren't necessarily household names and faces, but have been integral to the creation of great South African TV," said Funde.

Selimathunzi producer Baby Joe Correira, who is being recognised for his work in variety programming, said he is honoured to be recognised.

"I have been lucky to never have worked a day in my life because my job doesn't feel like work."

Mfundi Vundla, creator and producer of Generations, said he is extremely happy and flattered to be recognised for his work.

Internationally recognised comedy and drama producer, Roberta Durant, of S'gudi S'naysi and Home Affairs, said South African television has evolved into a wonderful space, with great developments since 1994.

Tebogo Mahlatsi the director of Ghetto Diaries and Yizo Yizo, said he is grateful for the home-side affirmation, "because a lot of the accolades we get are from overseas".

Doreen Morris, one of the first black TV presenters, reflected on her time in the industry.

"When I was appointed to SABC TV1's almost lily-white screens in 1984, I thought it was too good to be true and that it would never last. South Africans welcomed me into their hearts and for that I am eternally grateful."

Duma ka Ndlovu, of Venda drama Muvhango, said he is honoured to be telling an African story.

Viewers will be able to enjoy the Golden Plume Awards too, but will have to wait until December 22. It will be aired on SABC3 at 8pm.