Winnie Ntshaba On The Return Of The #RSA2020, “The Show Must Go On”
The prestigious annual Royalty Soapie Awards are making a triumphant comeback this year after a hiatus and ZAlebs recently trapped the founding father of the awards, Winnie Ntshaba to find out all about this year’s awards.
The awards aim to honour and celebrate the best within the film and tv industry and this year’s edition are going to be virtual thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and were founded by Winni after she was infamously sacked, along with her fellow castmates, from Generations in 2014.
“Mpho Popps and Lerato ‘LKG’ Kganyago are going to be hosting the 4th Royalty Soapie Awards. Our new format allowed for creativity and being an artist myself i assumed it might be fun to present the nominees announcement this year,” says Winnie.
The awards were postponed on numerous occasions within the overdue to financial constraints, and Winnie says inadequate funding has had an enormous consequence on the awards.
“We have always emphasized that so as to supply an honest show you want to have an honest budget. Like every awards ceremony, we were also faced with inadequate funding. we’ve learnt that the Royalty Soapie Awards are necessary and needed in South Africa ,” she adds.
This year they added two extra categories to the awards: The social cohesion award, which can be awarded to a soapie production that has demonstrated or addressed the foremost current social affairs and social ills affecting our communities.
While the second recognition award are going to be awarded to background actor during a soapie production that has been essential in creating the tone, mood and atmosphere of the soapie scene.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced them to host the awards virtually and Winnie promises to boost the bar.
“This tragic pandemic has affected the entire World. We had to explore new and innovative ways to host the Awards this year. We’ve had to be agile and artistic . We decided to still honor creative within the industry. The show must continue .”
“Because of the restrictions and challenge presented by the present pandemic, we pushed the envelope and lift the bar with the 4th Royalty Soapie Awards. The awards are going to be recorded within the studio but we would like to stay the glamour and glitz of the awards with the red carpet being a part of the show and keep the entertainment to stay the viewers glued to the screen. For the primary time on the Royalty Soapie Awards, we’ll be paying tribute to those that gave up the ghost .” she explains.
Mzansi’s most loved show The River is that the leader of the pack with 13 nods and Gomora bagged 12 nods. Winnie says it’s important to acknowledge new shows and new faces.
“They are a part of the package and other people get excited when there is a new show and new faces or new characters that are good in what they are doing . So it is vital that they’re also acknowledged. Awards motivate productions to continue improving the standard .”
Most South African awards are constantly dragged for snubbing deserving artists, to make sure this doesn’t happen Winnie says they went through an intense selection process to make sure that those that deserve a nod are being acknowledged.
“With the help of industry experts entries undergo an intense judging process and deliberation to make sure that deserving talent is recognized and acknowledged for his or her contribution to the humanistic discipline . We honour the hard-work actors and crew put in, through the Royalty Soapie Awards.”
The Awards are going to be pre- recorded and broadcast on SABC 1, on Saturday 26 September at 20:00 with live streaming from our YouTube channel and Facebook platforms.