2021-04-30

11 Nominations at the 15th Annual SAFTAs 2021

11 Nominations at the 15th Annual SAFTAs 2021

BET Africa’s local production’s Isono and Black Tax lead with nominations





Johannesburg, 30 April 2021: There is an increasing global demand for fresh, authentic and on trend local storytelling. The world has finally awoken to the greatness that lies in Africa. ViacomCBS Networks Africa (VCNA) continues to take the lead through its various platforms by positioning authentic African content across the continent.

Monde Twala, Senior Vice President and General Manager at ViacomCBS Networks Africa and BET International Peer Lead commented, “We are incredibly proud of our entire team including cast and industry partners for the nominations at this year’s SAFTAS. The long list of nominated projects is a great recognition of VIACOMCBS international Studios Africa’s capacity to develop and produce local formats and content that continues to resonate with audiences. We are specifically excited about our daily BET originals, ISONO and the first local comedy sitcom, Black Tax who both feature strongly in this year’s nominations. Both productions are stellar examples of content that celebrates black entertainment culture and excellence in storytelling .”



ISONO, BET Africa’s first original daily drama which recently celebrated its 100th episode milestone, has scooped three South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) nominations for Most Popular Television Awards, Best Achievement Directing through Zuko Nodada, Zimkitha Maseko, John Barker and Gert Van Niekerk and Best Supporting Actress through Rami Chuene who plays Jumima Ndlovu respectively. The black, African female lead cast in ISONO emphasizes the narrative of diverse story-telling that VCNA embodies, with the directorial nomination emphasising the need for collaboration and diversity in the industry through its work in the entertainment industry

Other nominations for BET Africa include Black Tax the first locally produced comedy series for the channel with five nods, for Best Achievement In Scriptwriting TV Comedy Byron Abrahams, Lwazi Mvusi, Joshua Ross and Meren Reddy, Black Tax Season One, Best Achievement In Editing TV Comedy (Mothloadi Gaasenwe), Best Actor TV Comedy, Best TV Comedy and Best Achievement in Sound.



MTV Base scored two nods in the best youth programme for their youth edutainment focus through MTV SHUGA NAIJA: YOUNG MOMS which tackled stigmas around teenage pregnancy and a special broadcast called Special: Africa Brags where the channel brought together a panel of prominent young Africans together to count down the Top 10 most pivotal moments that make up Africa’s biggest brags in the past 15 years all in one show.



Comedy Central the home of the funny bagged the final nod with one nomination for their innovative new format show Comedy Central Live at the Savanna Virtual Comedy Bar for Best Variety Show. The Show was filmed during lockdown and brought together some of South Africa's most legendary comics and rising stars.

The 15th SAFTAs will be broadcast on Saturday 22 May, with a virtual half-hour “red carpet” broadcast starting at 18:30 and the 2-hour live broadcast that will start at 19:00 on the night.

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