Words: Tshego “Red” Mosiane | Some Images: Austin Malema

This past weekend South Africa’s top actors and famous faces alike took over Sun City for the 11th Annual South African Film & Television Awards. The red carpet for the televised main award ceremony had a few hits and loads of misses. Here’s a roundup of some of the red carpet looks.

Bonang Matheba

Queen B* went with a different designer in Warrick Gautier, but it still looks like just another bedazzled Gert-Johan Coetzee gown we’re used to seeing her in. If it was  a lined skirt instead of the played out sheer look, it would be a lot closer to actually coming off as glamorous as it was intended. As far as overall styling goes, she made a poor accessory choice with that Gert-Johan Coetzee belt and her makeup was way too heavy for the look.


Masechaba Ndlovu

The presenter showed up in a dress by NN Vintage which, aside for some glaring construction issues with the bodice, was the most refreshing look on the red carpet. The colours were vibrant beautiful and she accessorised quite well with the neck and wrist pieces.


Her dress perfectly complimented her body and the vintage sophistication brought out another side to the talk show host. The only issue really is how high the neckline is, it would be more flattering if it was brought down by a few centimetres. Overall the styling was spot on, with the 50s-esque hair and accessories. Even though the makeup wasn’t that great, it still w with the overall look.

Bonnie Mbuli

Bonnie usually does subtle, sleek and simple sophistication but this time she fell short. Not totally her fault as her KLuK CGDT dress was just not executed well enough. The dramatic train in such a liquid-like fabric was probably not a great idea as it looks flimsy. Her date held the train up for her like a towel on a rail! The front didn’t do much for her amazing figure.

Amanda Black

The songstress showed up in a tulle skirt and a black top with a leather jacket carelessly thrown over it. The look was such a mess, she actually looked like a teenager who snuck out to an early noughties matric dance instead of a celebrity on a red carpet. It’s quite upsetting and disappointing considering how beautiful she is and how many options she had.

Warren Masemola

The actor arrived in a blue and white look which could have really worked if the blazer was more tailored. The waistcoat and pocket square made sense and brought some sort of dimension to the look. Also, black loafers would’ve been a smarter choice.

Katlego Maboe

A co-host on the night, the presenter arrived in a Fabiani suit with a white blazer. It is a classic look but it’s a bit on the safe side. He didn’t look bad, in fact it’s a debonair look but it’s quite boring. Nothing about it is all that captivating as far as men’s looks go.

Thando Thabete

The other host for the night walked the red carpet in a gown by Zarth. The awkward strings unnecessarily attached to the armhole are distracting, and the fit of the top part was slightly off. Overall though, this was quite a cute look even though the makeup wasn’t entirely perfect. Her milky lane bun could have been better executed as well, but it wasn’t a train smash.