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Royalty Soapie 2023 nominees; The River look to dethrown Gomora, Skeem Saam to reclaim top spot

2023 is the year 'The River' look to reclaim its top spot in South Africa's list of most popular television shows as it becomes the most nominated show with over 30 nods in the 6th edition of The Royalty Soapie Awards, with 'The Estate' tallying behind with 23 nominations.

The past two awards has seen Gomora and ‘Skeem Saam‘ make an impressive splash at the Royalty Soapie Awards as they took home the award’s major honour as South Africa’s most popular TV Shows for the 4th and 5th editions respectively.

Now the competition it’s about to get stiffer as The River is looking to reclaim leading spot as South Africa’s most popular soapie as it bags over 30 nods for this year’s 6th edition, including Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress for Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra and Tsholofelo Matshaba as Kedibone, as well as Viewer’s Choice Best Actor and Actress respectively for Lawrence Maleka as Zolani Dlamini, Lunga Mofokeng as Andile Dikana, as well as Ferry Jele as Veronica, Lunathi Mampofu as Emma, Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, Tango Ncetezo as Paulina, Tinah Mnumzana as Flora, and Nokuthula Mavuso as Angelina.

This is by far the highest number of nominations received by one production, with ‘The Estate’ talling behind with 23.

The Black Door‘ is next with 16 nominations, followed closely by ‘Gomora‘ with 15, while past big winners, ‘DiepCity‘ and ‘Skeem Saam‘ instead equalised with 12 nominations.

Featuring a diverse mix of South African television creatives, including actors, and behind-the-scenes technical teams, the annual awards celebrates the hard work they put into producing the excellent work we interact with on our screens daily.

The date for this year’s official ceremony is set for Saturday, March 11, with public voting lines already opened and set to close at 12 pm on March 8, 2023.

The Public vote categories – namely the Viewer’s Choice Best Actor and Viewer’s Choice Best Actress awards and Best TV favourite Show – are sponsored by Lottoland, and will see three lucky public voters stand a chance to win and rub shoulders with the who’s who of the entertainment industry and enjoy the full VIP and red-carpet experience at the awards official  ceremony.

Three lucky public voters stand a chance to win and rub shoulders with the who’s who of the entertainment at the awards official  ceremony.

To vote for your favourite TV shows and top Mzansi talent competing this year (see full list below), simply dial the following  numbers with their corresponding categories:

Public Vote Details:

  • Most Popular Show USSD: *120*32020*1#
  • Viewer’s Choice Best Actor: USSD: *120*32020*2#
  • Viewer’s Choice Best Actress: *120*32020*3#

The glitz and glam of the red carpet and the awards ceremony will be broadcast at 8pm on March 25 on SABC 1.

6th Royalty Soapie Awards: Public Categories

A full list of nominees who made the cut in the 6th Royalty Soapie Awards’ public categories are as follows:


  • 7 de Laan
  • Arendsvlei
  • Binnerlanders
  • DiepCity S2
  • Durban Gen
  • Generations: The Legacy
  • Getroud met Rugby
  • Gomora Season 2
  • House of Zwide
  • Imbweu
  • Isono
  • Lingashoni
  • Muvhango
  • Rhythm City
  • Scandal
  • Skeem Saam
  • Suidooster
  • The Black Door
  • The Estate
  • The Legacy
  • The Queen
  • The River
  • uBettina Wethu
  • Uzalo


  • Aubrey Poo as Castro Kamanga – The Estate
  • Cedric Fourie as Lehasa Maphosa – Skeem Saam
  • Charlie Bouguenon as Jacques Neethling – Binnelanders
  • David Viviers as Liam Vorster – Binnelanders
  • Dumisani Mbebe as Melisizwe Nobengela – The Estate
  • Hlomla Dandala as Zweli Dikana – The River
  • Hykie Berg as Dr. Conrad Bester – Binnelanders
  • Jack Devnarain as Sunil Maharaj – Imbewu
  • Kwanda Manyathi as Velaphi – The Black Door
  • Lawrence Maleka as Zolani Dlamini – The River
  • Lunga Mofokeng as Andile Dikana – The River
  • Masilo Magoro as Charles – Skeem Saam
  • Mduduzi Mabaso as Mgedeza – Diepcity S2
  • Mpho Sibeko as Dumisani Mokobane – The Estate
  • Muzi Mthabela as Menzi – Imbewu
  • Muzi Mthabela as Nkosiyabo Cele – Generations: The Legacy
  • Nyaniso Dzedze as Dr Dhlomo – Durban Gen
  • Phenius Bullets as Osama – Diepcity S2
  • Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra – The River
  • Putla Sehlapelo as Alfred Mogangwa – Skeem Saam
  • Sicelo Kenneth Buthelezi as Teddy – Gomora
  • Siyabonga Radebe as Vika – Uzalo
  • Thabiso Molokomme as Paxton Kgomo – Skeem Saam
  • Vusi Kunene as Funani Zwide – House of Zwide
  • Vuyo Biyela as Mlilo Hlophe – The River
  • Zamani Mbatha as Khaya – The Black Door
  • Zenzelisphesihle Sparky Xulu as Siya Phakhathwayo – The Estate


‘House of Zwide’ star and Idols SA judge Thembi Seete (middle) at the 2021 Royalty Soapie Awards, with Gomora’s Sicelo Kenneth Buthelezi, aka Teddy (right), who’s vying for Viewer’s Choice Best Actor honour.
  • Clementine Mosimane as Mmatshepo Mokobane – The Estate
  • Dawn Thandeka King as Thandiwe – Diepcity S2
  • Deirdre Wolhuter as Mariaan Welman – 7de Laan
  • Ferry Jele as Veronica – The River
  • Hildegardt Whites as Bonita Basson – 7de Laan
  • Jailoshini Naidoo as Nirupa – Imbewu
  • Katlego Danke as Thathi – Gomora
  • Lerato Mvelase – Noxolo Nobengela as The Estate
  • Linda Sebezo as Rebecca Rebs Mabuza – The Black Door
  • Lunathi Mampofu as Emma – The River
  • Melinda Viljoen as Tracy Smith – Binnelanders
  • Mimi Mahlasela as Aggie Ngwenya-Meintjies – 7de Laan
  • Moliehi Didie Makobane as Tsholofelo Tau – The Estate
  • Nokuthula Mavuso as Angelina – The River
  • Samela Tyelbooi as Ayanda Majola – Generations: The Legacy
  • Samukele Mkhize as Khwezikazi – Skeem Saam
  • Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa – Gomora
  • Sibonginkosi Tenza as Nandi Mkhize – The Black Door
  • Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana – The River
  • Tango Ncetezo as Paulina – The River
  • Thembi Nyandeni as Njinji – Uzalo
  • Tinah Mnumzana as Flora – The River
  • Tsholofelo Matshaba as Kedibone – The River

For a full list of shows and top Mzansi talent competiting this year, and more info on how to vote, visit:

Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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