Generations actor Sophie Ndaba.
The most popular Soapie Stars in the country will be revealed at the beginning of October when the finalists for inaugural Royalty Soapie Awards will be announced. The more than 100 nominations received in the twenty categories have been judged and are currently being verified by the auditors ahead of the finalists announcement at the beginning of October. Five finalists per category will be announced and will then go through to the showpiece finale at the Durban International Convention Centre on 2 November 2013 where the winners per category will be revealed.
With soap operas being amongst the most watched television programmes in South Africa it will be the first time that both the Stars and the behind-the-scenes personnel will be acknowledged. “The Royalty Soapie Awards seek to honour, celebrate and promote creativity, quality and excellence among South African soapie productions,” said project director Sindile Xulu. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from the industry during the nominations process and we are very pleased at the industry stature of the judges who have given their time and expert opinion. KPMG have finalised the scores and we are confident in the outcome”.
In terms of the judging process, the Royalty Soapie Awards steering committee has selected judges with an affinity for the arts and experts in the TV production industry, photographers, actors, TV & radio personalities and entertainment media etc. In addition to the judged categories there is one public voting category for the Most Popular Soapie of the Year. The finalists of the first Royalty Soapie Awards will be revealed on 1 October with the Awards ceremony taking place on the first weekend in November when major industry players and fans gather in Durban for a night of celebrations.