Isibaya is getting a refreshing facelift that will surely stir things up over the next couple of days. By reputation, Londeka Mchunu joining the cast of the Mzansi Magic telenovela is evidence that the show still has enough pull to attract a fan favourite or two to join an amazing cast.
Londeka is no stranger t0 the Mzansi Magic family, best known for the role on Isithembiso as Snegugu. This time around, she will bring to life the character of Londiwe Ngubane, an estranged and flamboyant daughter of the late Jamludi and cousin to Chief Dabula Ngubane.
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Fans of the telenovela can look forward to Umlazi’s streetwise Londi setting one of the Isibaya character’s heart on fire and shaking things up in Bhubesini. Can you guess who it is?
Catch Isibaya every weekday on Mzansi Magic DSTV channel 161 at 20:30 to find out.
Shannon Esra Stars in New M-Net Series Lioness
Shannon Esra to star in a new role.
A new 10-part series is coming your way this January 2021, courtesy of M-Net. It is aptly titled (Lioness) as it stars a beast in every right. Shannon Esra takes on another lead role that further demonstrates the actress’ range.
Having already made appearances in some of South Africa’s most watched telenovelas (The Queen, The River, The Throne and, most recently, Gomora), the 36 year old actress brings to life the character Sam, who loses her children, her lover, and her freedom when she is framed for fraud.
Lioness is created and produced by Ochre Moving Pictures, which has brought you riveting content for years in eTV’s Scandal and Mzansi Magic shows like Greed and Desires and two seasons of Housekeepers.
Here’s a sneak peak at what you can expect on the show:
Just as the trailer clearly depicts, the M-Net original series follows Sam, as she comes to grips with her abrupt arrest in front of her children. She is forced to reach into the depths of her baser instincts in order to fight for her family against her ex husband.
Don’t forget to watch the thriller, which premieres on Thursday, 28 January 2021.
Real Reason Why Thandeka Dawn King Left Uzalo
Thandeka Dawn King Exits Uzalo after 5 Years!
The buhlungus never phel…
2021 is proof of this Zulu proverb. Uzalo star, Thandeka Dawn King who portrays the character of Mangcobo is set to exit the SABC 1 soapie. The news was broken by Phil Mphela on his #KgopoloReports updates on Twitter.
In the tweet, the entertainment commentator alluded to King leaving Uzalo for a new lead role in Black Brain Picture series dubbed “Diepsloot”.
CASTING NEWS: Dawn Thandeka King to lead new series
Former Uzalo star, will play lead on a new series produced by Black Brain Pictures.
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 10, 2021
Thandeka has been the main drawcard on the soapie for five years. According to reports, the 43 year old opted not to renew her contract with the soapie for the seventh season.
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King has taken time off the soapie before to record other projects such as five seasons of Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown. There is no suggestion that this will be the last time we see her on the show.
The odds of her returning anytime soon are slim, as the actress will be relocating to Johannesburg.
Thandeka is one of many superstars that has quit the show amid dwindling television ratings and a threat of cancellation by the public broadcaster. Fan-favourite Khaya Dladla is displaying his range after he left the show’s flamboyant role as GC.
Our eyes will be glued to the screen in anticipation of Thandeka’s new project as well as what to make of Uzalo’s storyline after her exit.
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Will The Queen Survive Losing Brutus?
Themba Ndaba’s character Brutus to be written out of The Queen!
To prove, yet again, that 2020 was one of the worst years to date, The Queen ended the year by allegedly severing ties with drawcard thespian Themba Ndaba amid sexual harassment allegations.
The tea was shared by well-informed entertainment commentator, Phil Mpela, without getting into the nitty-gritty of it all. We had opted to provide Ferguson Films and Mzansi Magic enough time to respond to the claim, to no avail.
It is alleged that the actor made inappropriate advances to colleagues on the show.
WORD IS: The Queen to drop actor
The murmur is that Mzansi Magic telenovela will be writing (or has written) an actor out of the show following some in appropriate advances on his colleagues.
This is a welcomed & encouraging step taken by Ferguson Films.
Change the culture! pic.twitter.com/GaDSZTqIa6
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) December 23, 2020
News of the Ferguson’s firm stance on workplace conduct and sexual harassment was a welcomed sight by fans of the show after it was lambasted for hiring actors with a history of gender based violence.
Long-time actor Kenneth Nkosi, who reprised the role of Jaros and Peter Mashigo who played Thato’s father; Jackal were both drafted to the star-studded roster on the show even after they were known women abuse offenders.
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The production reportedly went through a sexual harassment workshop back in 2020. In a move to further streamline proper workplace conduct, the show will be writing out the storyline of fan-favourite, Brutus in the coming episodes.
It remains to be seen if the telenovela will survive without the tag team quips between Shaka and his uncle. The ratings took a hit the last time the duo was separated.
Furthermore, the soapie had already been straddling a thin line of becoming yet another casualty of 2020, with ratings dwindling with each episode. Regardless, the move to protect the workplace environment of the show over profit should be commended.
After all, it isn’t the first time that the Fergusons had fired one of their marquee actors. They will surely bounce back!