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1Magic Stars Come Out Shining At The SAFTAs

29 April 2021
Let the recognition commence!
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It’s that time of the year – yep you guessed it, it’s awards season where all the amazing work of the talented people that keep us glued to our TV screens get some recognition, appreciation and love.

The 15th Annual South African and Television Awards (SAFTAs) nominations were announced this morning and when we say 1Magic stars came out shining, we mean it! The River came out with 12 nominations in total across different categories including the Best Actor, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for a Telenovela, Best Achievement in Editing and the biggest one, Best Telenovela among others.

Tsheza Pictures never disappoints and as always, it’s coming for everything. We enjoy the music that provokes all sorts of emotions in us on The River along with the stunning wardrobe that takes every storyline to the next level so it’s no wonder it scooped nominations in the Best Achievement in Original Music/Score for a Telenovela and Best Achievement in Wardrobe for a TV Soap/Telenovela.

The amazing thespians and their unbelievable performances on the show didn’t go unnoticed, very much to our approval as they received four huge nominations. Sindi Dlathu was yet again nominated in the Best Actress - Telenovela category for her role as “Lindiwe Dikana” the one that we absolutely love to hate and miss every time we don’t see her on our screens. The Best Actor – Telenovela welcomed the ever incredible Presley Chweneyagae who portrays “Cobra” in the category and our fave Lawrence Maleka was nominated for Best Supporting Actor -Telenovela for “Zolani” along with the man that came on the show and pulled at our heartstrings with his love story, Meshack Mavuso Magabane for his role as “Nsizwa”.


Here’s a list of all the nominations that The River and Tshedza Pictures received as we wish them all the very best for the upcoming Awards.


Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Practitioners: Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela

Best Achievement in Original Music/Score – Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Practitioners:  Brendan Jury          

Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Practitioners: Bongi Malefo, Edgar Sibaya, Sphiwe Nhlumayo & Ula Oelsen

Best Achievement in Sound - TV Soap/Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Practitioner: Ben Oelsen & Tladi Mabuya

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Practitioner: Ntobeko Dlamini

Best Achievement in Wardrobe - TV Soap/Telenovela - The River (1Magic),

Practitioner: Nombulelo Sithole

Best Actress - Telenovela - Sindi Dlathu, The River (1Magic)

Character: Lindiwe  

Best Actor - Telenovela - Presley Chweneyagae, The River (1Magic)

Character: Cobra

Best Supporting Actor - Telenovela - Lawrence Maleka, The River (1Magic)

Character: Zolani

Best Supporting Actor - Telenovela - Meshack Mavuso Magabane, The River (1Magic)

Character: Nsizwa

Best Telenovela - The River (1Magic)

Production House: Tshedza Pictures      

Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela (Public Vote Category)

The River, Tshedza Pictures (1Magic)


 A huge congratulations to the cast and crew of The River and Tshedza Pictures. All of the very best!