Nomvelo Makhanya celebrates winning her first Safta

Actress Nomvelo “Mvelo” Makhanya.image:Supplied

Actress Nomvelo “Mvelo” Makhanya.image:Supplied

Published Sep 4, 2022


Actress and mental health activist Nomvelo “Mvelo” Makhanya won her very first SA Film and Television Award (Safta), for best supporting actress in a feature film, for her role in the Netflix film “I Am All Girls”.

Speaking about her win, the talented actress expressed gratitude to everyone who supported her in her craft.

“This is absolutely wild, it’s insane. This is for the little black girl sitting at home needing their dreams to be validated.

“This is it, this is our moment, this is our time! I’m eternally grateful. Little me is happy to have fulfilled my, our childhood dream. Thank you to the Saftas team for the recognition. This is huge! Thank you to my family, friends, my team at Soulistic and my supporters for the constant support – it truly does not go unnoticed. Thank you,” said the actress.

This award-winning performance was alongside those of the likes of Hlubi Mboya-Arnold and Erica Wessels, who were both nominated in the best actress in a feature film category, as well as JP Du Plessis, who was nominated in the best supporting actor in a feature film category.

Many know viewers may know Makhanya for her popular portrayal Lindiwe Ngema in’s “Scandal!”.

Before she left “Scandal!” she played the daughter of Mlungisi Ngema (played by “Lingashoni” actor Patrick Mofokeng).

The actress has also made appearances in various stage plays such as “The Bald Prima Donna”, “African Reflections”, and “Maybe This Time” and also acted in TV shows such as “Isibaya” and “Soul City”.

The Safta award is not the only thing that Makhanya is celebrating this year, as she signed a management deal with Black Coffee’s Soulistic Agency and confirmed that she will be moving on from’s “Scandal!” to new heights.

Its been over a decade since the 26-year-old introduced herself on television screens, and she continues to thrive in her career path.

The actress dazzled in a blue dress by Willet Designs Couture as she took her big accolade at the Saftas.

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