The time has finally come for South Africa to recognise and celebrate its most beloved entertainers. That’s right – the much-loved DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards are back on 25 June 2022, and the nominee list is a testament to the hard work and creativity of South African actors and producers, who did not let the pandemic stifle their talents. 

Mzansi Magic is proud to see some of its very own fan favourites in line for accolades. Familiar faces from shows such as the popular telenovelas The River and Gomora, as well as newcomer Umkhokha bagged nominations and will be hoping to win the votes of viewers this year. 

“The talent behind the success of Mzansi Magic’s most popular series are well-represented in the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards nominee list,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. 

“We are excited to see which of our stars who have already won the hearts of audiences, will also win their votes this year,” she adds.

The stakes have always been high on The River, where there is tragedy, triumph and non-stop action. The popular show’s actors give it everything they’ve got, and that is reflected in the nominations: Thapelo Sebogodi is nominated in the Favourite Actor category and Lawrence Maleka, who plays Zolani, is nominated in the Favourite TV Presenter category for his work on the recently-wrapped hit reality series, Big Brother Mzansi season 3. 

Mzansi Magic viewers have also supported The Queen fiercely over the years, and its iconic star and producer Connie Ferguson has been nominated in the Favourite Personality category. Also nominated in the same category is Shauwn Mkhize, businesswoman and star of the reality show, Kwa Mam’Mkhize. Who will be the one to win the viewer vote?

In the world of scripted content , Gomora is in its second season of suspense, intrigue and family feuds. The show has introduced audiences to promising young stars while giving industry veterans a new challenge with a dynamic story. Zolisa Xaluva, Thembi Seete and Sannah Mchunu are nominated in the Favourite Actor and Favourite Actress categories. 

But it’s not just about the established favourites: recently, Mzansi Magic maintained its commitment to providing audiences with quality South African content with the premiere of Umkhokha, a drama about the goings-on inside a strict religious organisation. Deli Malinga is nominated in the Favourite Actress category, while the upcoming Hope Mbhele is recognised in the Favourite Rising Star category. 

Mzansi Magic’s talent has shone onscreen – congratulations to all nominees whose work has earned much-deserved award show recognition.

To cast a vote for your favourite, go to www.mzansimagic.tv/dstvmvca or log on to the My DStv App. Voting closes on 11 June 2022.

Tune into the DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards on 25 June 2022, only on Mzansi Magic (DStv Ch 161) to see who comes out on top. Click here to see the DMVCA’s full list of nominees.

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