The National Film and Video Foundation’s (NFVF) 13th South African Film and Tv Awards (Saftas) as soon as once again quite disrespectfully forgot, did not know, and left out many names from the usually-botched In Memoriam segment of folks who have died and who have worked in and contributed to the South African film and Television business.
When once again, the shoddy and badly-created 13th Saftas broadcast, performed this year by Clive Morris Productions, could not get the In Memoriam segment right and total.
For a South African awards show that is supposedly for the South African film and Television business, the NFVF, the Safta organising committee and organisers and Clive Morris Productions as soon as once again failed to adhere to standard requirements and to do standard analysis of who died in the business because the prior Saftas took location in 2018.
These who’ve passed away, and these nevertheless living and operating in the Television and film business and who need to get recognition, all deserve improved than this, but in sheer incompetence the NFVF, Clive Morris Productions and the Saftas organisers are unable to preserve a appropriate list from year to year of who died in order to spend standard, appropriate tribute to them.
Some notable folks who died the previous year and who had been shockingly excluded from the In Memoriam tribute at the 13th Saftas contain Rowena Baird (SABC Television and radio presenter), Carlos Carvalho (cinematographer), Sonwabo Eddie Funde (former SABC chairperson), Owethu Enhle Gambushe (actress), Thembinkosi Mangethe Zwane (Television and radio presenter), Pat Rogers (SA Television broadcasting pioneer and presenter), Siyabonga Ngodze (rigger), Lerina Erasmus (writer and actress) and the legendary Winston Ntshona, the playwright and actor who was bestowed the Safta Lifetime Achievement Award for Acting in 2011.
Let’s possibly also recall Oscar, the beloved Dulux Old English Sheepdog of so numerous South African Dulux Television commercials who died in January.