Isibaya sweeps the board at inaugural Royalty Soapie Awards


  The Royalty Soapie Awards (RSAs) was dominated by the new television soapie, Isibiya, which stole 10 out of 18 statuettes, leaving the (minimal) rest to be battled over by the other nominees. Isibaya, which airs 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). SABC2’s 7de Laan took three statuettes during the night. Hennie Jacobs received the Outstanding Supporting Actor award while his co-star, Annelize van der Ryst collected Outstanding Supporting Actress. Outstanding Newcomer went to Simoné Nortmann. Isidingo, The Wild and Binneland nabbed two RSA’s; Binneland winning the Most Popular Soapie through public vote. Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to acting veteran, Sharleen Surtie-Richards for her 30 year contribution to the industry. She has starred on soapies such as Egoli, Generations and 7de Laan. The dazzling event took place at the Durban International Convention Centre just over the weekend, Saturday 8 March. SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago says that the awards show will be broadcast on SABC1 on a date to be announced.   The full list of winners on the night is as follows: Outstanding Lead Actor
Siyabonga Twala as Mpiyakhe Zungu for Isibaya Outstanding Lead Actress
Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi Zungu for Isibaya Outstanding Male Villain
Robert Whitehead as Barker Haines for Isidingo Outstanding Female Villain
Marisa Drummond as Alexa for Binneland Outstanding Soapie
Isibaya Outstanding Supporting Actor
Hennie Jacobs as Diederik for 7de Laan Outstanding Supporting Actress
Annelize van der Ryst as Matrone Netta Nortje for 7de Laan Outstanding Couple
Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe and Sechaba Moloi as Lerato Tsotetsi and Sechaba Moloi-Matabane for Isidingo Outstanding Newcomer
Simoné Nortmann as Nadia for 7de Laan Outstanding Make-up & Hair
Isibaya Outstanding Set Design
The Wild Outstanding Writing Team
Isibaya Outstanding Wardrobe
The Wild Outstanding Art Direction
Isibaya Outstanding Directing Team
Isibaya Outstanding Editing Team
Isibaya Outstanding Casting Director
Kutlwano Ditsele and Angus Gibson for Isibaya Outstanding Lighting
Isibaya Most Popoular Soapie (voted for by the public)

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