Most Multi-lingual Soapie: Skeem Saam Rewarded For Promoting Local Languages


The most multi-lingual soapie award at the recent Pan SA Board Language went to popular SABC 1 soapie Skeem Saam.

Skeem Saam won the award as a TV programme that seeks to promote “multilingualism and diversity of South African languages“.

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The news was shared on social media by actor Clement Maosa (who plays Kwaito).

Also, Skeem Saam spokesperson‚ Percy Vilakazi expressed gratitude for the recognition;

“it is such an honour to receive this award. It is a prestigious award and as a TV program that promotes and campaigns for South African languages‚ we are so proud to have received it.”

According to Percy, the setting of Skeem Saam (Turf loop and the Johannesburg University) contributed a lot to the the opportunity they had to embrace different languages.

“The soapie has always been about diversity and the cast and crew in its self is very diverse but we are all happy. Winning is always good!” Percy added.

Skeem Saam went up against other popular soapies including Uzalo and Isibaya and emerged winner for most multi-lingual Soapie.

In the bid to encourage the people to embrace the nation’s different languages, the Pan South Africa Language Board is currently running a language activism campaign. It hopes to use this medium to spread the need to embrace our local languages.

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Meanwhile, earlier this year, actress Pretty Ncayiyana ditched her role as Ayanda on Skeem Saam for her role as Phindile on the hit soapie Scandal!.

This time, Pretty is said to have a longer time on the soapie as she had a strong role to play. The actress who was last seen on scandal leaving the show in October 2016 to go back to KZN made her comeback in January.