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Monday, April 21, 2014


(Cast and production team of “Isibaya” which won the award for Outstanding Soapie)

The Royalty Soapie Awards, which took place at the Durban International Convention Centre on March 8, saw television soap opera newbie, Isibaya, sweeping the boards at the glittering ceremony and scooped 10 of the 18 categories, leaving the rest of the spoils to be shared amongst industry heavyweights and top audience rated shows.

Isibaya, produced by The Bomb Shelter, and broadcast on Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv scooped all the major awards on the night including Outstanding Soapie, Outstanding Lead Actor (Siyabonga Twala) and Outstanding Lead Actress (Thembi Nyandeni).

Isibaya also dominated the technical categories including Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Art Direction, Outstanding Make-Up, Outstanding Casting Director, Outstanding Lighting and Outstanding Editing.

Shaleen Surtie-Richards was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for her 30 year contribution to the industry and her memorable roles on soapies such as Egoli, Generations and 7de Laan.

SABC2’s 7de Laan scooped three statuettes for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Hennie Jacobs), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Annelize van der Ryst) and Outstanding Newcomer (Simoné Nortmann) with Isidingo and The Wild nabbing two RSA’s and Binneland the only other winner on the night with one Royalty Soapie Award for Marisa Drummond in the Outstanding Female Villain category.

Television viewers also had a chance to express their choice. The Favourite Soapie Award went to Binneland for achieving the most public votes.

The Royalty Soapie Awards are partnered by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation; KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the National Department of Arts and Culture; and supported by the EThekwini Municipality, SABC1 and Ukhozi FM.