Following virtual award presentations due to the COVID-19 19-pandemic, this year’s black-and-gold-themed South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) was the first one back with an in-person awards show after three years.


The renowned SAFTAs were a reset in more ways than one, with the awards show relocating back to Gallagher Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg, where it had taken place several years before it jumped to Sun City and the Sandton Convention Centre.


Hosted by the much-loved duo Lawrence Maleka and former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, the main awards were broadcast live on Saturday evening. Leading up to the main broadcast, the red carpet was presented to the viewers by two award-winning hosts, Pamela Mtanga and Thabiso Makhubela.

Netflix SA and kykNET were the two biggest winners at 2023’s 17th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) on Saturday night, with the streamer and MultiChoice’s Afrikaans pay-TV channels division scooping the lion’s share of Golden Horns. Meanwhile, the third season of How to Ruin Christmas, also on Netflix and produced by Burnt Onion Productions, won in five categories as the South African comedy series, which took home the biggest haul.


Aside from all the film-related nominations and awards, South African industry taste-makers dazzled the SAFTAs’ red carpet in stunning ateliers from various fashion houses. Ahead, what our favoutite stars wore to the prestigious event.


Zozibini Tunzi by Nao Serati 


Nox Dla by Kentse Masilo


Thando Thabethe by House of Sass


Adelaide Nkoane & Zawazi Zulu shot by George Q Studio


Lala Taku by Phumo Gumede K


Sindi Dlathu dressed by Anther Line 


Kamo Moth and Tshiamo by Ortiz Seflo


Hellen Bright by Ortiz Seflo


Bunting Petse in a black two-crop piece and a metallic choker


Clement Maosa by King Wiz The Stylist 

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