On the 16th of March the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced the cancellation of the the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) originally scheduled for the 27th and 28th of March, based at the time on the National State of Disaster as announced by the President of the Republic. Since that time, the NFVF has been hard at work consulting with different stakeholders with regard to how best to deliver this year’s award show.  

Hosted by Dineo Ranaka, SAFTAs 14 winners will be announced on Twitter on the 29th of April 2020 at 17:00 in line with the countrywide lockdown and social distancing requirements. “It has been an incredibly difficult decision to make for all concerned with the running of these awards. As the NFVF we extend our sincere gratitude to the nominees and creative industry at large for their understanding and patience as we sought to find solutions. Whilst the celebrations for all our winners will be muted this year, it does not take away from all our deserving winners. We consulted widely to find the best possible way of presenting the awards that would still adhear to the lockdown regulations and not put any lives in danger of contracting this deadly virus,"  commented Makhosazana Khanyile, NFVF CEO.