2021 Royalty Soapie Awards: all the winners

 The 5th Royalty Soapie awards were held at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Centre in Joziburg on Saturday night (18 September) and featured an audience of nominees and guests who walked the red carpet like in the days of old.

The ceremony and red carpet were recorded for TV but only air on SABC1 on Saturday 2 October at 19h30 - when they should have aired live. 

It's ridiculous to have a delay on a local awards ceremony like this. It takes the spontaneity and pizzazz out of it and creates a disjointed situation when it comes to media coverage and the socialz.

If you'd prefer not knowing who won before watching, please don't read on.

If you're okay with it and feel you're in a place to handle the consequences, this is what transpired...

DiepCity, which received the most number of nominations, took the most number of wins with a total of seven, followed by The Estate with three.

The winners are:

Outstanding Daily TV Drama      

  • DiepCity
  • Imbewu
  • Skeem Saam
  • The Estate
  • The Queen
  • Uzalo

Outstanding Lead Actress           

  • Hildegardt Whites as Bonita Basson in 7de Laan
  • Nompumelelo Vilakazi as Sne Gwala in DiepCity
  • Katlego Danke as Thathi in Gomora
  • Nthati Moshesh as Mary Ndlovu in Isono
  • Lusanda Mbane as Boniswa Langa in Scandal!
  • Shoki Mmola as Celia in Skeem Saam

Outstanding Lead Actor

  • Hamilton Dlamini as Bonga Jele in DiepCity
  • Ayanda Daweti as Chumani Langa in Scandal!
  • Africa Tsoai as John Maputla in Skeem Saam
  • Aubrey Poo as Castro Kamanga in The Estate
  • Themba Ndaba as Brutus Khoza in The Queen
  • Masoja Msiza as Nkunzi in Uzalo

Outstanding Supporting Actress

  • Quanita Adams as Laetitia in Arendsvlei
  • Vele Manenje as Maureen Gedeza in DiepCity
  • Melissa Massyn as Euvoniqué "Nesie" Griesel in Getroud met Rugby
  • Elizabeth Serunye as Principal in Skeem Saam
  • Nadia Valvekens as Suzaan Le Roux in The Estate
  • Linda Sebezo as Goniwe Phakathwayo in The Estate

Outstanding Supporting Actor   

  • Emmanuel Castis as Sergio de Freitas in Binnelanders
  • Mzikayise Makroti as Fistos in DiepCity
  • Senzokuhle Radebe as Abednego Gumede in Isono
  • Wayne van Rooyen as Stokkies in Scandal!
  • Matli Mohapeloa as Lesiba Molefe in The Estate
  • Sparky Xulu as Siya Phakathwayo in The Estate
  •  The ceremony was hosted by actress Enhle Mbali and comedian Felix Hlophe.

Outstanding Female Villain        

  • Keabetswe Motsilanyane as Lesedi Moloi in 7de Laan
  • Ilse Klink as Dorothy Galant in Arendsvlei
  • Nqobile Sipamla as Thokozile Dumakude in Imbewu
  • Moshidi Motshegwa as Sarah in Isono
  • Jessica Nkosi as Thando Sebata in The Queen
  • Ayanda Bandla as Lakhe Amon in uBettina Wethu

Outstanding Male Villain            

  • Dirk Stoltz as DeWet Basson in 7de Laan
  • Erik Holm as Rian Malherbe in Binnelanders
  • Mduduzi Mabaso as Mgedeza Gedeza in DiepCity
  • Vusi Kunene as Jack Mabaso in Generations: The Legacy
  • Jack Devnarain as Sunil Maharaj in Imbewu
  • Emmanuel Castis as Mannie Antanopolous in Isono

Outstanding Newcomer

  • Chad Baai as Caleb in Arendsvlei
  • Chrispen Nyathi as Charleston Ncube in DiepCity
  • Nompumelelo Vilakazi as Sne Gwala in DiepCity
  • Lebohang Mpyana as Khelina Maponya in DiepCity
  • Luyanda Shezi as Lungile Jele in DiepCity
  • Na-Aymah Ally Samaai as Ouma Rabia in Suidooster

Outstanding Young Performer   

  • Caiden Bouwer as Ruan de Beer in Binnelanders
  • Roxanne Bornman as Vicky de Beer in Binnelanders
  • Tshiamo Molobi as Sibusiso in DiepCity
  • Ditebogo Ledwaba as Mbali in Generations: The Legacy
  • Eyethu Mkhwanazi as Mepho Bhengu in Imbewu
  • Bahle Hadebe as Phenyo Bopape in The Estate

Outstanding Onscreen Couple   

  • Clayton Evertson and Jolene Martin as Detective Clint Smit AKA Jake and Beatrice Abrahams in Arendsvlei
  • Germandt Geldenhuys and Je-ani Swiegelaar as Louis Koster and Naomi Koster in Binnelanders
  • Akhona Ndlovu and Nozuko Ncayiyane as Herbert and Nox in DiepCity
  • Zolisa Xaluva and Thembi Seete as Melusi Dlamini and Gladys Dlamini in Gomora
  • Sydney Ramakuwela and Liteboho Molise as Mulalo and Teboho in Muvhango
  • Sdumo Mtshali and Jo-Anne Reyneke as Muzi Phakathwayo and Lwandle Phakathwayo in The Estate

e.tv entered Scandal! and Imbewu this year after not entering any shows last year.

Most notably missing this year: The River. Clearly it didn't enter despite being the most nominated and winning show last year. #DoWeGotABeef?

It was only nominated in the Public Voting category because all soapies were automatically nominated for this.

Also missing: Legacy, Die Sentrum, Durban Gen and Lingashoni.

Outstanding Writing Team         

  • DiepCity
  • Gomora 
  • Imbewu
  • Skeem Saam
  • Suidooster
  • The Estate

Outstanding Directing Team      

  • Arendsvlei
  • DiepCity
  • Imbewu
  • Isono
  • The Estate
  • The Queen

Outstanding Casting      

  • Binnelanders
  • DiepCity
  • Imbewu
  • Isono
  • Suidooster
  • The Estate

Outstanding Cinematography   

  • Arendsvlei
  • DiepCity
  • Imbewu
  • The Estate
  • The Queen
  • uBettina Wethu

Outstanding Editing Team          

  • 7de Laan
  • DiepCity
  • Skeem Saam
  • The Estate
  • The Queen
  • uBettina Wethu

Outstanding Sound Mixing & Editing      

  • Arendsvlei
  • DiepCity
  • Getroud met Rugby
  • Imbewu
  • Suidooster
  • The Estate

Outstanding Makeup & Hair Styling        

  • DiepCity
  • Gomora
  • Imbewu
  • Isono
  • MuvhangoThe Estate

Outstanding Wardrobe

  • DiepCity
  • Gomora
  • Scandal!
  • Suidooster
  • The Estate
  • The Queen

Outstanding Art Direction          

  • 7de Laan
  • Binnelanders
  • Getroud met Rugby
  • Imbewu
  • Suidooster
  • The Estate

Outstanding Lighting Direction  

  • 7de Laan
  • Arendsvlei
  • DiepCity
  • Isono
  • The Estate
  • uBettina Wethu


Social Cohesion Recognition Award

  • Suidooster

Background Actor Award

  • Themba Sibanyoni as Sanger - Diepcity

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Lillian Dube


Most Popular Show       

7de Laan



Die Sentrum


Durban Gen

Generations: The Legacy

Getroud met Rugby








Rhythm City


Skeem Saam


The Estate

The Queen

The River

uBettina Wethu


Viewers' Choice: Best Actress    

Ayanda Bandla - uBettina Wethu

Elizabeth Serunye - Skeem Saam

Hildegardt Whites - 7de Laan      

Ilse Klink - Arendsvlei     

Je-ani Swiegelaar - Binnelanders

Jessica Nkosi - The Queen            

Jo-Anne Reyneke - The Estate     

Jolene Martin - Arendsvlei           

Katlego Danke - Gomora    

Keabetswe Motsilanyane - 7de Laan        

Lebohang Mpyana - DiepCity      

Linda Sebezo - The Estate            

Liteboho Molise - Muvhango      

Lusanda Mbane - Scandal!           

Luyanda Shezi - DiepCity

Melissa Massyn - Getroud met Rugby     

Moshidi Motshegwa - Isono        

Na-Aymah Ally Samaai - Suidooster         

Nadia Valvekens - The Estate      

Nompumelelo Vilakazi - DiepCity

Nozuko Ncayiyane - DiepCity      

Nqobile Sipamla - Imbewu          

Nthati Moshesh - Isono

Quanita Adams - Arendsvlei        

Shoki Mmola - Skeem Saam        

Thembi Seete - Gomora    

 Vele Manenje - DiepCity

Viewers' Choice: Best Actor       

Africa Tsoai - Skeem Saam           

Akhona Ndlovu - DiepCity            

Aubrey Poo - The Estate

Ayanda Daweti - Scandal!

Chad Baai - Arendsvlei   

Chrispen Nyathi - DiepCity       

Clayton Evertson - Arendsvlei     

Dirk Stoltz - 7de Laan     

Emmanuel Castis - Binnelanders

Emmanuel Castis - Isono

Erik Holm - Binnelanders

Germandt Geldenhuys - Binnelanders    

Hamilton Dlamini - DiepCity        

Jack Devnarain - Imbewu     

Masoja Msiza - Uzalo      

Matli Mohapeloa - The Estate     

Mduduzi Mabaso - DiepCity        

Mzikayise Makroti - DiepCity       

Sdumo Mtshali - The Estate     

Senzokuhle Radebe - Isono     

 Sparky Xulu - The Estate

Sydney Ramakuwela - Muvhango           

 Themba Ndaba - The Queen       

Vusi Kunene - Generations: The Legacy   

Wayne van Rooyen - Scandal!     

Zolisa Xaluva - Gomora


Including public voting categories

DiepCity: 7

The Estate: 3

Binnelanders: 2

Generations: The Legacy:  2

Gomora: 2 

Skeem Saam: 2

The Queen: 2

Getroud met Rugby: 1 

Imbewu: 1

Scandal!: 1

Suidooster: 1

uBettina Wethu: 1


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