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Gutsy New Local Telenovela Gomora Thrills Mzansi

he first two episodes of the much-anticipated new local telenovela Gomora has got everyone in a spin. It’s thrilling storyline is pulling everyone in right from the start – and viewers just can’t wait for the next instalment.

Twitter blew up after the first episode, with #Gomora trending at number 1 on Monday – a clear indication of the nation’s need for distraction right now. These are some of the comments: “1st episode stole my heart, lit, ohm my gosh I’m so in love” and “shoooo the content we deserve!! Love it!!” and “#Gomora is going to be FIRE”, to mention just a few. People also loved the local music used, and the fact that Katlego Danke stars.

The series kicks off with the focus on the Ndaba family, consisting of Thathi (played by Katlego), an ultra-rich trophy wife living a life of luxury in Sandton, alongside her bank owner husband Mbongeni (Themba Ndaba) and two bratty, spoilt children Nobuhle (Amamkele Qamate) and Langa (Siyabonga Xaba). They treat their staff with disrespect and each other with disdain. Things are not always as they appear though, and it’s soon revealed that not only is Mbongeni having an affair with his secretary, he’s also been embezzling from the bank.

Meanwhile, the middle-class Dlamini family are living honest, down-to-earth lives with father Melusi (Zolisa Xaluva) being a hard-working, dedicated schoolteacher and mother Gladys (Thembi Seete) a social worker. Son Ntokozo (Ntobeko Sishi) however, is unhappy and feels undervalued and ignored in his own home. He’s also mixing with the wrong crowd, including his girlfriend Mazet (Siphesihle Ndaba) and Bara, a hardened criminal played by a very believable Fortune Thobejane.

Viewers are purposefully thrust into the undeniable contrast between two very different worlds – the wealthy suburbs of Sandton and the hustle and bustle of Alexandra. So close together and yet so very far apart.

Running the criminal underworld of Alex is the calm and cool gangster granny Mam’Sonto (Connie Chiume), but little does she know that in a wonderful plot twist her actions are going to have far-reaching effects on the people she loves the most.

And so set the scene for a collision of these two worlds that will change everyone’s lives forever. One fateful, terrifying night is all it takes ….

There’s one thing for sure – it’s going to keep you glued to your couch every weekday.

You can watch the episodes on DStv Now or watch the series as it airs on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) every weeknight at 19:30.


Why Lockdown Remains Mzansi’s Epic Drama

Never in his wildest dreams did producer and Actor Mandla Ngcongwane imagine that when he named his hugely successful drama Lockdown, it would one day come to this

South Africa is currently under lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, and as part of television viewing, Lockdown season 5 will be aired on Mzansi Magic on Monday 6 April 2020 at 20:00.

As a tonic for the strain of the lockdown, viewers of Africa’s best storyteller will see new episodes that first premiered on the Showmax streaming platform earlier in the year.

The drama was an instant hit with viewers in the past four seasons while it flighted on Mzansi Magic and now it makes a triumphant return to DStv channel 161 where it earned several awards – including the SAFTAs Best TV Drama; Best Actress in a Lead Role in a TV drama for Dawn Thandeka King for her role as MaZet; and Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV drama for Lorcia Khumalo (Cooper) for her role as Tyson.

Lockdown is set in the cells and offices of Thabazimbi Women’s Correctional Facility.

It is a story of survival behind the walls and bars of a prison ruled by the iron fisted and corrupt Governor Deborah Banda, played by veteran actress Pamela Nomvete.

Other stars are Linda Sebezo, Zola Nombona, Lauren Jenae, Patricia Boyer and Nomsa Buthelezi.

“I’m dumbstruck by the turn of events,” Mandla states. “I see the hashtag trending, the memes and the jokes. South Africans are comedic by nature, but everyone is scared about what’s next. There is a lot of fear, but life goes on. I take it one day at a time.”

With many more eyes at home and glued to their small screens, Mandla says viewers will get to see how much work they put in the fifth season of the drama.

“The beauty is the art of storytelling and filmmaking. How we shoot the scenes, the look, the camera work, and the authenticity.

“There are cliffhangers in every episode to leave you shocked, crying and entertained,” Mandla says.

He adds: “We have been happy to retain our lead Pamela Nomvete, whom is in a vulnerable position in this season.

“She is pregnant and some man must take the fall, and so her devious scheming and planning will unfold.

“Also, one of our big leads falls in love. A love story is what has been lacking on Lockdown so watch out for that very interesting relationship.

Mandla points out that the secret to the success of Lockdown is how different its world is to real life. “You don’t see life in prison every day. It’s a lockdown, and the irony is that Mzansi is in a lockdown. The status quo changes, the feelings are unsure and people are confined to a certain space which is like their prison. So every Monday when viewers watch Lockdown it will be like they are in prison. This situation is unlike any other.”

For riveting television, do not miss Lockdown on Mzansi Magic, Channel 161 from 6 April at 20:00.


Madam And Mercy Bring Glitz, Glamour And “Inches” To Mzansi Magic In Their Own New Reality Show

South Africans caught a glimpse of flashy mother-daughter duo, Madam and Mercy’s zest for life and over-the-top lifestyle in Season 1 of The Real Housewives of Johannesburg and were hooked!

Now they’re back on Mzansi Magic with their very own reality show: Madam and Mercy.

The 13-episode reality format follows the larger than life personalities of the marvelous matriarch Evodia Mogase (Madam) alongside her daughter Mercy and their uncompromising love for the finer things. Viewers are invited into a more intimate account of their lives where no expense is spared as they embark on luxury travels and shop for stunning designer fashion, beautiful homes and gorgeous fast cars.

Madam and Mercy also shows that trials and tribulations happen – even to the most glamorous. In the series, Madam and Mercy flick their pricey weaves to face and overcome life’s challenges – navigating through family tensions and finding balance when tradition often clashes with the their vibrant, outspoken and controversial natures.

“This new reality show is simply quality entertainment and will be filled to the brim with Madam’s wit and signature quotables as well as Mercy’s outrageous style. We have no doubt that our audience will also enjoy deeper insights into Madam and Mercy’s dynamic and unique mother-daughter bond,” says Nomsa Philiso: Director for Local Entertainment Channels.

The first season of Madam and Mercy also features those closest to the duo’s heart, including Madam’s baby girl, Princess as well as her other half, Peter. Mercy’s celebrity friends also provide lavish support through her experiences as a young entrepreneur.

Catch Madam and Mercy “twinning” on Mzansi Magic DStv Channel 161 from Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at 20:00.


Gomora – The Thrill Story Of Two Worlds Colliding On Mzansi Magic

For many South Africans it’s easy to imagine a setting where two different worlds exist side by side and it is almost normal for one family to live lavishly while the other is barely able to make ends meet

What is a bit more challenging to imagine however, is when an unfortunate series of events causes both families to collide in the most thrilling way – revealing a complex story of romance, social inequalities and prejudices (as well as a surprising romance) in Mzansi Magic’s fascinating new telenovela, Gomora.

For those in the know, Gomora is also the nickname of the famous and beloved Johannesburg Kasi, Alexandra. The hustle and bustle of the township and its colourful flavour is the vibrant home of the series, which explores the disparity between lower and upper-class members of our country. With the contrast between the two worlds brought to life through one of the most innovative filming styles.

“Our customers are in for a real treat with Gomora. It is a refreshing new series that narrates a riveting homegrown story and features a rich tapestry of strong female characters. These are just some of the elements our viewers can expect from Africa’s most-loved storyteller,” says Nomsa Philiso, Channel Director at Mzansi Magic.

It is through MultiChoice’s investment in local content, that enables us to keep bringing fresh content to our valued customers, concludes Philiso.

The star-studded cast of Gomora brings a brilliantly true to life texture to the series. Katlego Danke plays the role of Thathi, a trophy wife whose life takes an unexpected turn. Also leading in this well-made production are industry heavyweights like Connie Chiume, Themba Ndaba, Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva among many others.

Don’t miss the dramatic fate of two unraveling families in Gomora from 30 March at 19:30, Mondays to Fridays on DStv’s Mzansi Magic (Channel 161).


Idols SA Season 15 Kicked Off In Pretoria

Mzansi’s popular singing reality show kicked off last night in the capital city of South Africa, Pretoria.

If the mixed feelings we got from the opening show of Idols Season 15 is anything to run home with, the mood setter left many of us excited about the kind of talent we are going to see this year.

Queues of determined Idols wannabes left no space to even walk by or park around the State Theatre. The home of the new music genre Amapiano had people singing in baritones, high notes, low notes and no-notes. Others were keeping it formal and serious like they had mistaken the Idols auditions for the business conducted at the Union Buildings. Others showed up, but their voices were for anything but singing.

Randall for a change was bubbly, even though he didn’t leave his brutal honesty at home. He dished it up as much as it was needed. Unathi was her warm and giggly self and she was kind where kindness was a necessity. Somizi’s authenticity was fully present. And the guest judge, Dr Rebecca Malope, enjoyed herself and gave a handful of NOs when she was not impressed.

A 16-year-old girl from Benoni, shame Benoni (next to Boksburg), was the first contestant to hit the auditions stage and the first to grab the golden ticket to Theatre Week. For a season themed ‘go for gold‘, it meant that it was a promising start for the 15th instalment.

But it didn’t take long until viewers were introduced to a downward spiral of disappointment. 26-year-old Esther opened the floodgates of not so good singing and her singing was contagious. It was pouring not so good voices on the Idols stage in Tshwane.

Then Pretoria’s hopes were supposed to be revived by Yada-Lee, but that did not work out as expected for the 21-year-old who has recorded 44 songs. If anything, it left many viewers wondering what kind of songs were given studio time to be recorded.

As the Pretoria curtains closed, we were left with 24 golden ticket winners who will battle it out at Theatre Week. It was a golden moment for some hopefuls, and it will be the coming weeks that will show that the start is golden or not.

It is on and the contestants are going for gold!

Idols SA season 15 is on Mzansi Magic, (DStv 161) on Sundays at 17h30. For more information visit our website:

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