The SAFTAs are trending with over 4000 tweets. there is so much to unpack here, some of our favourites have been nominated and some deserving acts have been snubbed. While some problematic faves have managed to slip through the cracks.
The SAFTA nominations were released on the SAFTAs new home channel SABC3 Expresso. The nominations accused a frenzy on social media, to say the least. The SAFTAs has already caused some controversy by moving to SABC3 after 14 years of being broadcast on SABC 2
AWARDS: #SAFTAs to air on SABC
The South African Film and Television Awards has this year found a new home in SABC3 for the 2021 ceremony.
— Kgopolo Mphela ☕️ (@PhilMphela) April 28, 2021
The nominations were controversial, to say the least fans were upset after SAFTAs snubbed popular south African show Skeem Saam was snubbed. While Skeem Saam actors scored individual nominations, actors Shoki Mmola (Best Actress), Molefi Monaisa and Mothusi Magano (Best Supporting Actor) managed to score nominations. But tweeps were livid that Skeem Saam did not get nominated for best Tv soap or best telenovela.
— OFFICIAL Skeem Saam 9 (@SkeemSaam3) April 29, 2021
SAFTAs nomination did not seem to have considered the way tv had to change during lockdown. During hard lockdown, many south Africans tuned into DJ Shimza’s lockdown house party where he cured people’s cabin fever with some music that turned peoples homes into mini nightclubs Shimza took to Twitter to remind his followers of the SAFTA committee.
— SHIMZA (@Shimza01) April 29, 2021
In anticipation of Rhythm City coming to end in July, the show is ending its journey on a high note by bagging several SAFTA nominations. actress Petronella Tshuma in the Best Actress- TV Soap category, Eric Mogale for Best Achievement In Directing- TV Soap, Zelipa Zulu for Best Achievement In Scriptwriting, and Mapula Mafole in the Best Supporting Actress- TV Soap category. The shows have also been nominated for the Best TV Soap category in addition to 7de Laan and Scandal!
— Sinqobile Makhathini 🌈 (@Snqobile_Mark) April 29, 2021
Now that some of our faves and not so faves – have been nominated. We can’t wait to watch the SAFTAs and see some of mzansi’s top talents take trophies home.-Zalebs