2015 Royalty Soapie Awards: and the nominees are …


RSA-2015_-39South Africa’s television award season fired up in Johannesburg on Thursday night (19 February) when the nominees for the second Royalty Soapie Awards were announced.

Scandal! and isiBaya headlined the night by bagging 16 nominations each while 7de Laan put in the next most notable performance with 14 noms.

Five soapies didn’t enter the awards and haven’t received nominations as a result so shows you won’t see on the nominee list are: Binnelanders, Generations (we all know why!), Rhythm City, Skeem Saam and Zabalaza. They’ve all been nominated for the People’s Choice Award though because all soapies have automatically been nominated for this category. The winner of this category will be decided by public vote.

The winners of the performance categories will be decided by viewer votes too. The awards have introduced a new development this year when it comes to the voting procedure for performances. These categories now involve a two-step process: a peer review and a popular vote by the public.

A judging panel consisting of TV industry experts has adjudicated all the performance category entries to come up with the nominee list and now viewers can vote for the winner. The winners of the technical and creative categories will be chosen by the judges only.

And now, without further adieu, these are the nominees:

(Voted for by the industry and viewers)

Outstanding Lead Actor

Motlatsi Mafatshe as Sechaba for Isidingo
Siyabonga Thwala as Mpiyakhe Zungu for isiBaya
Theodore Jantjies as Xander Meintjies for 7de Laan
Vusi Kunene as Jefferson Sibeko for Isidingo
Zane Meas as Neville Meintjies for 7de Laan

Outstanding Lead Actress

Kgomotso Christopher as Katlego for Isidingo
Marjorie Langa as Gloria Rangaka for Scandal!
Masasa Mbangeni as Thembeka Shezi for Scandal!
Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi Zungu for isiBaya
Vinette Ebrahim as Charmaine Meintjies for 7de Laan

Outstanding Male Villain

André Lötter as Liamle Roux for Villa Rosa
Robert Whitehead as Barker Haines for Isidingo
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube as Lucas Nyathi for Scandal!
Vusi Kunene as Bhekifa for Isibaya
Wilhelm van der Walt as Tyrone (Ty) for 7de Laan

Outstanding Female Villain

Dawn Matthews as Shakira Willemse for Scandal!
Jo da Silva as Gita McGregor for 7de Laan
Mampho Brescia as Iris for isiBaya
Therese Benadé as Astrid Wentzel for Villa Rosa

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Andile Sithole as Ndumiso Ngcobo for Scandal!
Bongani Gumede as Mandla Ndlovu for isiBaya
Jody Abrahams as Marcel Beauchamp for Scandal!
Kaz McFadden as Dewald for 7de Laan
Zakhele Mabasa as S’khaleni for isiBaya

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Dorette Potgieter as Wanda for Villa Rosa
Mampho Brescia as Iris for isiBaya
Mapaseka Koetle as Dintle Setuke for Scandal!
Natasha Sutherland as Layla Mckenzie for Scandal!
Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka for isiBaya

Outstanding Newcomer

Andile Gumbi as Zweli for isiBaya
Buhle Samuels as Matshidiso for Muvhango
Fulu Mugovhani as Anzani Muneri for Scandal!
Izak Davel as Bradley for Isidingo
Tessa Holloway as Sonja for 7de Laan

(Voted for by the judges only)

Outstanding Soapie

7de Laan                                            
Villa Rosa

Outstanding Set Design

7de Laan

Outstanding Writing Team

7de Laan

Outstanding Wardrobe

7de Laan


Outstanding Directing Team

7de Laan

Outstanding Editing Team

7de Laan

Outstanding Lighting

7de Laan

Certificates will be awarded in the following categories:

Outstanding Couple

Celeste Ntuli and Ayanda Borotho for isiBaya
Jessica Nkosi and Andile Mxakaza for isiBaya

Outstanding Make-up & Hair

Amy Sprawson for Isidingo
Sheila Petlele for isiBaya

Outstanding Art Direction

Rohan Horn for 7de Laan
Dylan Lloyd for isiBaya

Outstanding Casting Director
Angus Gibson for isiBaya
Kutlwano Ditsele for isiBaya

Outstanding Audio
Joel Kapend, Mark Phillips and Vaughn Phillips for isiBaya


Most Popular Soapie

7de Laan
Rhythm City
Villa Rosa

Flash facts on this category:
– All entries must have been broadcast in South Africa for the period of 11 July 2013 to 10 July 2014 (the entry broadcast period) so voting is for the Old Generations which was on air at the time.
– Skeem Saam isn’t included because it became a soapie on 1 July 2014.