It’s time for the South African Film & Television Awards, the biggest night on our annual awards calendar. Celebrating the best of South African film & television talent both in front of and behind the camera, the SAFTAs are a big deal for the entertainment industry, but also for us, because the more red carpet fashion there is to look at, the better, right? Here’s everything you need to know.


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Khanyi Mbau at 2018’s SAFTAs ceremony

The Award

The SAFTAs began in 2005 when the industry and the National Film & Video Foundation founded it. It hasn’t actually taken place every year – 2005 was almost 20 years ago (how wild?) and the 2019 SAFTAs will only be the 13th ceremony ever. The trophy, known as the Golden Horn, has three heads to symbolise the collective and individual effort that goes into film and tv work.


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Lerato Kganyago at 2018’s SAFTAs ceremony

Where & when to watch the SAFTAs

No word on how long the broadcast will be, but it starts at 7 pm on the big night, Saturday the 2nd of March. The only channel to watch it on is SABC 2, but there will also be a livestream on YouTube!

Don’t want to watch from your couch? You can buy a ticket to see it all live and in person at Sun City!


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Nomzamo Mbatha at 2018’s SAFTAs ceremony


This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by media darling Pearl Modiadie and radio legend Thomas Msengana. Thando Thabethe hosted last year’s ceremony, and is a first-time nominee this year for her talk show Thando Bares All and for Best TV Presenter, a public voting category.

Keep up online

The official hashtag is #SAFTAs13, and you can find direct updates at @SAFTAS1 on twitter and @saftassa on Instagram.

The Full List of Nominees

Every single nominated show, actor, actress, producer, writer, director, and talent in any other role, across all 67 categories, are listed here, on the NFVF’s website. Grab a cup of something, this is one long list of talented people.

So who’s watching tomorrow?