Isibaya cleans up at the Royalty Soapie Awards


New soapie on the box, Isibaya has scooped 10 awards at the inaugural Royal Soapie Awards held at Durban’s International Convention Centre on 8 March.  Barely a year old Isibaya has become very popular with locals and occupies a regular spot on Twitter’s Trending Topics.

Aired on pay channel Dstv, it revolves around the taxi industry in a place called the Thukela Valley, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

See the winner’s list below:

Outstanding lead actor

Siyabonga Twala (Mpiyakhe Zungu) – Isibaya

Outstanding lead actress

Thembi Nyandeni (Mkabayi Zungu) – Isibaya

Outstanding male villain

Robert Whitehead (Barker Haines) – Isidingo

Outstanding female villain

Marisa Drummond (Alexa) – Binneland

Outstanding soapie


Outstanding supporting actor

Hennie Jacobs (Diederik) – 7de Laan

Outstanding supporting actress

Annelize van der Ryst (Matrone Netta Nortje) – 7de Laan

Outstanding couple

Tema Sebopedi and Motlatsi Mafatshe (Sechaba Moloi and Lerato Tsotetsi) – Isidingo

Outstanding newcomer

Simoné Nortmann (Nadia) – 7de Laan

Outstanding make-up and hair


Outstanding set design

The Wild

Outstanding writing team


Outstanding wardrobe

The Wild

Outstanding art direction


Outstanding directing team


Outstanding editing team


Outstanding casting director

Kutlwano Ditsele and Angus Gibson – Isibaya

Outstanding lighting


Favourite soapie award


Lifetime achievement awards

Shaleen Surtie-Richards

The ceremony will be broadcast on SABC 1 on a date to be announced.


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