‘Gomora’ is South Africa’s most popular soapie: 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards winners 

It's official - 'Gomora' is South Africa's most popular soapie, as declared during the 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards' winners announcement ceremony on Saturday (September 26) on SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho. See full list of winners below.


Hardly six months into existence, Mzansi Magic telenovela ‘Gomora‘ marked a moment in history as it’s crowned South Africa’s most popular Soapie during a special broadcast of the 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards on Saturday (September 26) on SABC 1 Mzansi Fo Sho.

South Africa’s favourite Soapie stars brought the usual glitz and glam as they graced the red carpet during a studio recording of the 2020 awards ceremony to celebrate fellow thespians who were recognised for their commitment to their craft and playing a vital role in the performing arts. 

Hosted by South Africa’s much-loved entertainment personalities, comedian Mpho Popps and the dazzling Lerato LKG Kganyago, one of the highlights of the evening was the crowning of ‘Gomora‘ as South Africa’s Most Popular Soapie for this year’s edition of the Royalty Soapie Awards.

Gomora‘s well-deserved recognition comes hardly six month after the much-loved Seriti Films produced telenovela was introduced to local viewers during the height of a global pandemic, and just 4 days after the introduction of the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa on March 26.

In a first for The Royalty Soapie Awards, a beautiful ‘In Memoriam’ tribute to some of SA”s entertainment pioneers we’ve lost this year, which included the legendary casting director Moonyeenn Lee and radio legend Bob Mabena (as seen below), was aired.

Hosts: comedian Mpho Popps and the dazzling Lerato LKG Kganyago.

Another highlight of the night came in the form of ‘Getroud met Rugby‘, as the winners of the new recognition award, Social Cohesion.

A significant special award presented by The Gauteng sport, arts, culture, and recreation MEC Mbali Hlophe and award-winning businesswoman and author, Amanda Dambuza went to Angus Gibson who was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to storytelling, scouting new talent and paving a way for a generation of filmmakers. 

The Outstanding Soapie Award closed the chapter of the awards show as ‘Binnelanders‘ bagged the title for 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards.

2020 Royalty Soapie Awards: Fullest of winners

Technical Categories 

Outstanding Editing Team


Outstanding Lighting

The Queen     

Outstanding Art Direction

Getroud met Rugby                

Outstanding Directing Team


Creative Categories 

Outstanding Make-Up & Hair

The River                                

Outstanding Wardrobe

The Queen                                         

Outstanding Writing Team

Skeem Saam  

Most Popular Soapie of the Year (Public Vote Category)


Supporting Role Categories 

Outstanding Supporting Actor

Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza in The Queen

Outstanding Supporting Actress

Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa in ‘Gomora

Outstanding Newcomer

Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy in ‘Gomora

Outstanding Newcomer: Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy in ‘Gomora’

Outstanding Couple                     

Sindi Dlathu & Hlomla Dandala as Lindiwe & Zweli in ‘The River

Lead Role Categories 

Outstanding Lead Actor: Presley Chweneyagae  as Cobra in The River

Outstanding Lead Actress: Dawn Thandeka King as MaNgcobo in Uzalo

Outstanding Male Villain: Dirk Stoltz as DeWetBasson in 7de Laan

Outstanding Female Villain: Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe in The River

Outstanding Soapie: ‘Binnelanders

Recognitiom & Special Awards

Social Cohesion                                 

Getroud met Rugby

Background Actor                              

Sphiwe Msebe

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Angus Gibson

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