Isibaya WINS BIG at Sabela Film and Television Awards

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Mzansi Magic’s Top Soapie Isibaya dominated at the fifth annual Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film and Television Awards.

The soapie scooped five awards at the ceremony held at The Playhouse in Durban on Saturday.

The event featured performances by singers Khaya Mthethwa, Sands and Mondli Ngcobo.

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Isibaya cast members Siyabonga Thwala, Nomzamo Mbatha, Linda Mtoba, Gcina Mkhize and Andile Mxakaza each won an award.

Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film and Television Awards

Siyabonga bagged the Best Actor award, Nomzamo won in the Best Actress category, while Gcina was crowned Best Supporting Actress.

Andile won the Best Supporting Actor award and Linda took home the Best Newcomer award.

Happiness Is a Four Letter Word won awards for the Best Feature Film and Best KZN Wardrobe Design in a feature film.

Awards CEO Carol Coetzee said this year’s ceremony received 118 entries.

“The awards are growing each year. Those in the film and television industry are starting to realise how important it is to be part of this ceremony,” said Coetzee.

Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film and Television Awards

“The Sabelas continue to grow from strength to strength, which indicates the KZN film industry is moving in the right direction.

“The amount of support we received from our partners has been phenomenal. Our newly formed partnership with Lux will go a long way to ensure that women filmmakers are motivated to excel at their craft.”

She said the organisers are looking forward to hosting the awards next year, where the stakes will be even higher.

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