Less high fashion, more high jinks as Dineo Ranaka hosts #SAFTAs14 from home

The red carpet turned bed carpet for the 14th annual South African Film and Television Awards

30 April 2020 - 12:04 By Thango Ntwasa
Dineo Ranaka, radio DJ and Twitter queen.
Dineo Ranaka, radio DJ and Twitter queen.
Image: James Oatway

With no actual red carpet thanks to lockdown, TV presenter Dineo Ranaka hosted a "bed carpet" from home for the 14th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas), which she presented live on Twitter on Wednesday.

Ranaka kicked off the evening in a pink wig and bathrobe as her gown was apparently held up in traffic. It wasn't long before she started to panic about what the Twitterverse would say if she did not host the virtual event in one of her usual glamorous looks.

β€œGuys, you have no idea, you're presenting to a world of Twitter trolls,” she said on Instagram Live. β€œYou guys on Instagram are nice people ... you guys say nice things. Twitter, Twitter ... Why couldn't we broadcast live on Instagram where the nice people are!”

Her solution to the missing dress dilemma? To fashion a fabulous outfit out of her duvet a la the #pillowchallenge that's been trending on social media.

It was less about high fashion and more about high jinks as the celeb later donned a farmer-inspired ensemble in one of her skits teaming shorts, a golf shirt, white tube socks and takkies with a safari hat.

But Ranaka's look of the night has got to be the slinky gold gown (which was apparently picked out by actress Rami Chuene via Instagram), which she paired with a glittering slip turban.

Here's what some other A-listers wore for the virtual event:

Roberto Kyle, who bagged the award for the Best Actor in a Telenovela for his role in Arendsvlei, donned a polo neck under a graphic shirt.

Former The Queen actresses Dineo Langa, Motsoaledi Setumo and Chuene got all glammed up to support their ex-co-star Loyiso MacDonald as he scooped the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Telenovela in the aforementioned show.

iThemba's Brenda Ngxoli won the Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama award; she rocked a jacket with faux fur collar adding a touch of elegance with a pair of pearl earrings.

Click here for the full list of the night's award winners.