The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport congratulates those from the Western Cape who emerged as winners at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) over the past weekend.
Local poet, writer and performer, Siphokazi Jonas, received top honours for her work in the category of Best Short Film. Jonas wrote the original screenplay for #WeAreDyingHere, which was awarded as the top film in this category. The film was executive produced by the Siya and Rachel Kholisi Foundation and will be available for viewing on local platform Showmax from 5 September (today).
The TV drama Suidooster, which is set and filmed in Cape Town, won in the category Best TV Soap. Director Amy Jephta, who hails from Mitchell’s Plain, walked away with the honours in the category Best Achievement in Directing – Feature Film for her film Barakat.
Minister Anroux Marais said: “We are very proud of the achievements of our local artists. They have shown that their work is making an impact not only in South Africa, but across the world. They are true ambassadors for the Western Cape and we celebrate them as local role-models.”
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