In its eleventh year, the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) will be held this Saturday, March 18.
Backed by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the glamorous event honors rising stars and solidified icons within the local entertainment industry. This year's ceremony will be hosted by Thando Thabethe and Katlego Maboe.
Thando is an actress and radio personality who was recently on the international version of Lip Sync Battle. The vibrant 26-year-old also has quite the presence on social media, where she recently shared news of her hosting gig with her 735k followers on Instagram
So EXCITED to FINALLY announce that I together with @katlegomaboe will be your official hosts for the biggest night in film and television the #SAFTAs11 @saftassa ...what an honor, what a privilege... catch the show LIVE on SABC2 8pm this Saturday...see you in SunCity 😘🤣🎉🎉🎉🦅🦅🦅 #SAFTAs11 #ThabootyxSAFTAs 🤗🤗
A post shared by Thando Thabethe (@thando_thabethe) on Mar 15, 2017 at 1:42am PDT
Katlego is a SAFTA Award-winning performer and a co-host on South Africa's increasingly popular Expresso Show. He’s also a HOPE Cape Town Goodwill Ambassador and was equally as excited to announce the news that'd he'd be co-hosting this year's SAFTAs on his Instagram page.
😧...Finally, I'm allowed to let the Kat out the bag! The fabulous @thando_thabethe and I will be your hosts for #SAFTAs11 🙌 Really excited to work with this super talented lady and the team, to celebrate the best in SA film and television. See you on Saturday, 8pm, ON @SABC2 . 🇿🇦🎥📺🏆...
A post shared by Katlego Maboe (@katlegomaboe) on Mar 15, 2017 at 3:04am PDT
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“We as the NFVF would like to congratulate all the nominees and hope to encourage the industry to continue striving while setting its own rules around what success looks like for the business of film,” Zama Mkosi, CEO of the NFVF said in a statement.
“The NFVF will continue to strive for transparency and solutions in order to make sure that the SAFTAs showcase not only the glamorous side of the industry, but the underlying wealth of talent, education, skill and most importantly the passion that the South African industry truly has.”