Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
3 minute read
26 Sep 2020
11:00 pm

‘Gomora’ wins big at Royalty Soapie Awards

Sandisiwe Mbhele

The popular Mzansi Magic show 'Gomora' walked away with four awards.

The cast of hit show 'Gomora'. Photo: Sandisiwe Mbhele

The glitz and glam of the awards shows was still very much present at the fourth Royalty Soapie Awards hosted by talented hosts Mpho Popps and Lerato LKG Kganyago.

The pre-recorded award show was aired for the public on Saturday evening, 26 September, 2020 on SABC 1. Things were very much different this year due to the pandemic no fans were present at the recarpet carpet and a very small audience too. Despite all of the production changes, the show must go on and the biggest winners of the night was Gomora.

Shekinah performed her track ‘What a Love’ as the technical categories started off the show. Outstanding Editing Team went to Isibaya and Outstanding Directing Team was awarded to Gomora.

Presenters included the likes of LootLove, 7de Laan actress Nobuhle ‘Mimi’ Mahlasela was stunning in her Gert Johan Coetzee dress and said set life in 7de Laan is quite hectic.

Actress Mimi Mahlasela from 7de Laan. Photo: Sandisiwe Mbhele

Speaking to The Citizen she said her character Aggie will be experiencing a lot of drama and audiences must tune in to view it all. On her personal favourite shows said; “I love watching The River a lot and season two of Housekeepers.” And hinted that she would to be in the next season of the hit show.

Break out star Sannah Mchunu who won Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of popular and loved character Zodwa in Gomora. She said the love she has received is like a dream. “I feel like breakdancing yazini,” she joked.

“The fans love Zodwa, she has pushed my career, and finally I am being recognised.” The show also walked away with the top praise, voted by the people, Most Popular Soapie of the Year.

In his acceptance speech director and executive producer, Thabang Moleya said they did not predict winning the award.

“We did not see this one coming, I want to thank our writers, thanking for writing for us. Our producers, all the ladies in production and the other directors.”

Gomora kept winning on the night with Outstanding Newcomer going to Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy.

Co star Siphesihle Ndaba celebrates Sicelo Buthelezi Newcomer Award. Photo: Sandisiwe Mbhele

The Queen was also given a nod, Outstanding Supporting Actor went to Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza. In his acceptance speech, the confidence was beaming through the mic, with the actor thanking the Fergusons and Royalty Soapie Awards for the recognition.

Full list of winners below:

Technical categories

Outstanding Editing Team


Outstanding Lighting

The Queen    

Outstanding Art Direction

Getroud met Rugby               

Outstanding Directing Team


Creative Categories 

Outstanding Make-Up & Hair

The River                               

Outstanding Wardrobe

The Queen                                        

Outstanding Writing Team

Skeem Saam 

Most Popular Soapie of the Year (Public Vote Category)


Supporting roles categories

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza in The Queen

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa in Gomora

Outstanding Newcomer

Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy in Gomora

Outstanding Couple                    

Sindi Dlathu & Hlomla Dandala as Lindiwe & Zweli in The River

Lead role categories

Outstanding Lead Actor            

Presley Chweneyagae  as Cobra in The River

Outstanding Lead Actress

Dawn Thandeka King as MaNgcobo in Uzalo

Outstanding Male Villain                

Dirk Stoltz as DeWet Basson in 7de Laan

Outstanding Female Villain          

Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe in The River

Outstanding Soapie                      


Recognition and special awards

Social Cohesion                                

Getroud met Rugby

Background Actor                             

Sphiwe Msebe

Lifetime Achievement Award

Angus Gibson

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