In the last week of November, drama hit the South African Film and TV awards scene with the intended withdrawal of Generations from the SAFTAs. The Golden Horn awards are

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Golden Horn Award
scheduled to take place in Pretoria on 7 February next year.  Generations has been nominated for 7 awards in the Soapie Nominations, and also dominates the nominations in the Public Votes Soapie categories

In Focus carries the media statement released by Eddie Mbalo, Chairman of the SAFTAs Committee on this:

26 November 2008: The Safta Committee has received with great disappointment the intended withdrawal of Generations from the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA's). What is most shocking is the sentiment expressed by Mr Vundla about the integrity of the Awards when he has never raised the issues he highlighted with the Committee which is made up of all representative organisations within the production industry.

The primary objective of the SAFTAs is to honour, celebrate and promote the creativity, quality and excellence of the talent within the industry. The Chairperson of the Awards, Mr Eddie Mbalo says, "It is very unfortunate that what seems to be a dispute between the SABC and Generations Producers has culminated into this unfortunate situation that ultimately disadvantages the talent and crew who work very hard to make Generations what it is". Mbalo added, "I believe these actors and crew are being denied the opportunity to be acknowledged by their peers, an honour that is critical in the development of their skill and for their livelihood."

The Safta Committee does not believe there is merit in questioning the integrity of the judging process when all 52 judges in different categories are active professionals in the industry and the judging process is overseen by two independent eminent persons, who command respect of the majority in the industry. The judging process is further overseen and audited by one of the world respected audit firms, Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The Safta Committee would be happy to engage with the producers and still hopes that this matter could be resolved in the interest of everyone involved.