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The 16th Annual SAFTAs Hosts Announced

By 30 August 2022No Comments

Khutso Theledi, Ryle De Morny, Palesa Tembe, Smash Afrika & Candice Modiselle join Mpho Popps and Lasizwe to host a showstopper of an awards show!

Johannesburg: 30 August 2022, The much-anticipated 16th Annual South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs16) are almost here where we’ll celebrate SA’s outstanding film and television talent. In keeping with the theme, ‘Frame the Future’, the SAFTAs are proud to announce that those spearheading the celebrations will be a fresh crop of newcomers and familiar SAFTAs faces who represent the future of SA talent.

The Craft Awards, set to take place on Friday, 2 September 2022 & streamed live on the SAFTAs YouTube channel at 19:00 will be hosted by the multi-talented radio and tv personalities, Smash Afrika and Candice Modiselle. Then, the dynamic radio and all-round media personality, Khutso Theledi and the much-loved comedian and TV personality, Mpho Popps join actor, TV presenter and GQ’s best-dressed break-out star Ryle De Morny to anchor the main night as the official SAFTAs Main Awards Show hosts, scheduled to take place on Saturday, 3 September 2022 at 19:00 on Mzansi Magic channel 161 on DStv & S3.

There would be no event without the glamour of the red-carpet. This year’s SAFTAs will be streamed live on the SAFTAs YouTube Channel and broadcast on S3 at 18:30 on Saturday, 2 September 2022. Your hosts will be one of SA’s leading daytime TV presenters Palesa Tembe, also and actress in her own right and the trusted style aficionado, social media and TV personality, Lasizwe who will give viewers the front-row seat of the night’s best dressed.

Talking on the decision to host the awards show virtually, SAFTAs Executive Producer Anneke de Ridder explains that the decision to host the event virtually was made at the time the bid for tender was put out to production companies to produce the SAFTAs16 awards ceremony.

“At the time, SA was still under lockdown and the bid criteria was per SAFTAs15 guidelines – no public event. Similarly, by the time the service provider Don’t Look Down was appointed, the country was still under lockdown. Given the restrictions with government institutions when it comes to changing the merits of a tender bid, we had to continue hosting the ceremony virtually. While we do acknowledge that it would have been ideal to celebrate with the industry in-person, our production company have worked exceptionally hard to give industry practitioners the honour they deserve. Our motif ‘Frame the Future’ speaks to this as we hope to build on the reimagined execution, we delivered last year. Plans for SAFTAs17 though are already underway and we definitely will resume with an in-person celebration of the industry’s best” added de Ridder.

SAFTAs16 Craft Awards will take place on 2 September on the SAFTAs YouTube channel at 19:00 pm. The Main Show takes place on 3 September 2022 as a simulcast on S3 & Mzansi Magic, at 19:00pm with the Red-Carpet Special kicking off the night at 18:30 on S3 and the SAFTAs YouTube channel.

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For further information:

Lerato Mokopanele

National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

Acting Marketing and Communications Manager

Tel: +27 11 483 0880

About SAFTAs

The South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) were established by industry representatives and the National Film & Video Foundation (NFVF), as an event that honours, celebrates, and promotes the creativity, quality & excellence of the South African film & television talent. They also serve to encourage the development of new talent, fostering a generation of filmmakers united in the collective mission of telling authentic South African stories.

About NFVF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is an agency of the Department Sport, Arts and Culture that was created to ensure the equitable growth of South Africa’s film and video industry. The NFVF does this by providing funding for the development, production, marketing and distribution of films and also the training and development of filmmakers. In addition, the NFVF commissions research and produces industry statistics that provide both the public and stakeholders with valuable insights into the South African film industry.

About M-Net

Since 1986, M-Net has brought audiences the very best in video entertainment. M-Net’s channels are a source of compelling and captivating content, offering a mix of authentic South African programmes and the best international movies and series. We continuously strive to grow the film and TV industry by developing talent in front of, and behind the camera, and help launch local and international careers. 

About Multichoice (MCG)

MultiChoice Group (MCG), which listed in the Main Board of the JSE on 27 February 2019, is one of the fastest-growing video entertainment providers globally, delivering entertainment products and services to 21.1m households across 50 countries on the African continent. Its track record of more than 30 years is reflective of a commitment to provide audiences with only the best local, sport and international content. 

MCG’s strong partnerships with distributors, installers and telecommunication companies, along with its well-established payment solutions, competitive pricing and choice of viewership packages continue to secure its place in the global market, while also providing solutions unique to the African market. 

Its direct-to-home (DTH), digital terrestrial television (DTT) and over-the-top (OTT) solutions enable the business to stay relevant and aligned to changing consumer habits while capturing new markets. 

Content is at the very core of the business. MCG aims to deliver quality content anywhere, anytime and on any device through a comprehensive video entertainment offering at different price points. As pioneers in African video entertainment, MCG plays an important role in making information and entertainment easily accessible to Africans. 

MCG aims to secure content rights in a manner that is cost-effective and reflective of the diversity of its audiences. Its substantial portfolio includes award-winning local content (a key differentiator in its service offering), a leading sports offering (including production capabilities) and access to international content, which is all shared on the group’s platforms: DStv, GOtv, Showmax, M-Net and SuperSport. 

MCG has superior technology capability through the security solutions that Irdeto, its technology company, brings to the group. These solutions enable MultiChoice to protect its investment, create new offerings and combat cybercrime. With 50 years’ expertise in software security, Irdeto’s software security solutions and cyber services protect over 5bn devices and applications for some of the world’s best brands. 

About S3

S3 is a public commercial television channel – part of the SABC public broadcast network which includes the largest radio and TV platforms in the country. S3’s content bouquet includes cutting edge international programming and high-end local programming. Local content such as the telenovela, Isidingo, series dramas including The Lab and Hard Copy and more recently the award winning The Estate could be found on S3. It was also the go to channel for aspirational lifestyle shows like Top Billing and high-end talent and fame shows like The Weakest Link. The latest international television shows include Killing Eve, Fleabag, Atlanta, Narcos Mexico and Enslaved with Samuel Jackson. S3 has rebranded with the tag line Open Up – a platform dedicated to stimulating curiosity, opening up to difference and entertaining our audiences.  

The SAFTAs sit on S3 as SABC has always prioritized local programming and the development of the South African film and television industry. Many of our most prolific producers started their companies with the SABC as the local platform. The SAFTAs celebrates the history of the television and film industry as well as the present programs delivered to multiple networks. S3 remains a partner to the development and creative excellence of the production industry.  

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