Kempton Park, South Africa – Last Wednesday the 31st of March 2021 saw a carefully chosen number of guests (as per the Covid-19 regulations) come together, at Level Seven Restaurant and Skybar in Kempton Park, Johannesburg when the highly-coveted Royalty Soapie Awards committee honored last year’s winners at the 2020 RSA Winners Luncheon.

Supported by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, The Royalty Soapie Awards committee hosted the Roundtable Talks discussion graced by the presence of top entertainment industry veterans like Dr Lillian Dube, Angus Gibson, Winnie Ntshaba and Sophie Ndaba to mention but a few.

Launching at Level Seven Restaurant at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre, Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo, the Royalty Soapie Awards committee announced the purpose of the Roundtable Talks as an excellent opportunity to voice industry members opinions, discuss important topics and provide insightful perspective of the ups and downs of the industry. It is an opportunity to talk about their process, what they love about the theatre, film and television industry, the changes they would like to see and how they would ‘future-proof’ the forthcoming and do things differently.

Attended by a few guests who were treated to a three course gourmet lunch, the Roundtable Talks were facilitated by Trending SA’s Mablerh, industry veterans and last year’s winners such as scriptwriter Bonga Percy Vilakazi, Angus Gibson, Dr Lillian Dube and award-winning make-up artist Bongi Mlotshwa.

In Mablerh‘s opening dialogue, the vibrant host touched on sensitive industry topics that exposed ugly truths such as poor remuneration, alleged unfair contractual agreement, alleged unfair treatment by producers, and the lack of support from the Department of Arts & Culture.

“These roundtable talks are meant to trigger conversations and provide insightful perspective about the industry. For instance, acting is inherently a vulnerable and competitive profession. The job is sensitive because we are required to perform actions that our characters would do, but that we personally would not in an ideal world. Actors are trained to embrace this discomfort, but it can still be unsettling and disorienting. I think we should all unite, because together with the support of the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, we are more stronger and louder.” Winnie Ntshaba CEO and Founder of the Royalty Soapie Awards.

Proudly supported by the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation.