MultiChoice boasts more than 170 SAFTA nominations

15 July 2022
Authentic local content is honoured and recognised.
SAFTA logo on blue background

Leading local and international entertainment company, MultiChoice Group, has once again shown why investing in local content is a worthwhile endeavour, and as Africa’s most loved storyteller has secured over 170 nominations from all categories of the 16th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). The 158 MultiChoice nominees are available to stream on Showmax, with the rest coming soon.

The SAFTAs nominees launch kicked off virtually on 14 July with the announcement being broadcast across all their digital platforms. This year’s theme, “Frame the Future”, is an ode to the creativity, innovation, and resilience of our local industry.

Showmax Originals have been nominated for 52 SAFTAs, including the key categories of Best Telenovela (The Wife), TV Drama (DAM), TV Comedy (Tali’s Baby Diary), Feature Film (Glasshouse), Made for TV Documentary (Devilsdorp), and Made for TV Movie (Boxing Day).   

“Congratulations to all our nominees,” says Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment and connected video at MultiChoice Group. “Paying Showmax subscribers grew by 68% in our last financial year, outpacing the market, largely driven by rising demand for our local content, which keeps getting better and better. The SAFTA nominations affirm our vision to be Africa’s most loved storyteller online.”

While 1Magic’s The River is the most nominated telenovela once again, with 11 nominations, it’s up against two newcomers for Best Telenovela. Showmax’s The Wife and Mzansi Magic’s DiepCity both have 10 nominations, with  Bonko Khoza, Abdul Khoza and Zikhona Sodlaka receiving nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively for The Wife, and DiepCity’s Obed Baloyi up for Best Supporting Actor. This proves once again that MultiChoice is the home of the best telenovelas.

MultiChoice also has all the nominees in the Best TV Drama category: Showmax’s DAM, kykNET’s 4 Mure and Slot, and M-Net's Reyka.

DStv similarly has all the nominees in Best Structured Reality Show (Mzansi Magic’s Pastor Wants a Wife and uThando Nes’thembu, BET Africa’s The Unexpected: DJ Zinhle) and Best Lifestyle Programme (VIA’s Jan, kykNET’s Elders: Namibië and Die Broer Toer).

DAM, kykNET’s Suidooster, and Devilsdorp are the most nominated drama, soapie and documentary, with 11, 10 and 5 nominations respectively.
DAM, Tali’s Baby Diary and The River are in joint second place overall, with 11 nominations, followed by Suidooster, The Wife and DiepCity in joint third place, with 10, while the kykNET mockumentary G.I.L. is in joint fourth place, with nine.

The SAFTAs were established to celebrate, promote and highlight the excellence of local talent and encourage growth of the talent within the South African film and television industry.

SAFTAs will take place on 2 and 3 September 2022 as a simulcast on Mzansi Magic and S3 (SABC 3). See the full list of nominees here.

Join the conversation using the social media hashtag #SAFTAs.