MEET: your #SAFTAs10 red carpet hosts

In a year when fresh life is being breathed into the SAFTAs with a new look and theme titled ‘Imagine,’ the awards show revealed who they’ve brought on as red carpet host and the pair is one you never could have imagined.


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Actor, dancer and choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo and arts and entertainment journalist Nadia Neophytou will be the red carpet hosts for the 10th annual SAFTAs.

“We are delighted to be working with Somizi Mhlongo and Nadia Neophytou, both of whom are home grown talents that have built stellar, longstanding careers. They are at the peak of their game and have also enjoyed longevity,” said Zama Mkosi, Chief Executive Officer at the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa (NFVF) in a statement.

Somizi Mhlongo has not only presented and appeared as a guest on shows such as 10 Over 10City Ses’laDance Your Butt OffZero Tolerance, he also boasts the title of judge on Idols SA. He has also appeared in movies such as Sarafina!, Cry, the Beloved Countryand Scavengers.

Mhlongo said in a statement, “taking this gig was less about the money and more about being a part of history, and the biggest event on the awards calendar in South Africa. I’m looking forward to bringing something different, something rattata, something Somizi, to the SAFTAs 2016 Red Carpet as a presenter.”

Neophytou is an award winning journalist who was born in Benoni and is now based in New York City. She has interviewed the likes of Oprah, Forest Whitaker and Meryl Streep and has covered amongst others the Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars, Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in New York, and the Royal Wedding.

“I am very excited to be heading home to SA to co-host the SAFTAs Red Carpet. Whenever I cover a film festival or awards ceremony and see a South African doing well, it makes me incredibly proud, so I’m looking forward to interviewing the filmmakers, producers, actors and TV stars who’ve been nominated. I’m looking forward to seeing who takes home the Golden Horn,” said Neophytou in a statement.

The #SAFTAS10 will take place on the 18th and 20th of March in Midrand and the second night will be broadcast live on SABC 2 (DSTV Channel 192).

In the mean time, SMS voting lines have opened for the public to vote for their ‘Best Presenter.’

To vote, SMS the CODE of the presenter you would like to vote for to the number 33101. E.g.: you can SMS ‘8’ to 33101 to vote for former Our Perfect Wedding presenter Tumi Morake.

*SMS voting lines close on 20 March 2016.

CATEGORY: Best TV Presenter Non- Fiction ( Game, Magazine, Music, Talk & Variety Show)
Code Winner Name Winner Programme Sub Category
1 Serai Tshepo Seaate Afro Café Music Show
2 Chanley Wong (Craze – Sistahood 1019) Craze – Sisathood 1019 Youth Programme
3 Danine Naidoo Edge Magazine Show
4 Pabi Moloi Eksê Zwakala Talk Show
5 Expresso Morning Show Katlego Maboe Variety
6 Riaan Cruywagen kN Verslag Current Affairs / Actuality
7 Johan Stemmet Noot Vir Noot Series 40 Game Show
8 Boitumelo Osei Tutu (Tumi Morake) Our Perfect Wedding Reality Show
9 Vele Manenje Siyakholwa We Believe Children Programme
10 Dingaan Mokebe ka Khumalo Speak out Season 8 Factual Educational
11 Katlego Maboe Strictly Come Dancing International Format Show

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