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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC1 
Show Genre: Comedy
Season Premiere: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Season Finale: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Time: 20h30 - 21h00

Show Summary

City Ses'la is a South African television sitcom created by Meren Reddy and Luke Rous, adapted from an original concept by Devon Brough and produced by Black Brain Pictures and Endemol, that follows the lives of six 20-somethings from completely different backgrounds, living and loving together in Jozi.

The series originally aired on SABC1 from 2 November, 2005 to 7 January, 2011. There are 91 half-hour episodes in four seasons. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 1 originally aired on SABC1 from 2 November, 2005 to 25 January, 2006, on Wednesdays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season.

A rebroadcast of Season 1 premiered on SABC1 on Tuesday 16 July 2013, at 10h30. New episodes broadcast daily, on weekdays.


The youth of South Africa have been driving around with the hand brake pulled up in the car of their lives for far too long. They don't know where they're going and they don't know how to get there.

All the pressures of family tradition, 11 official languages, Lobola payments, overbearing parents and arranged marriages have got the better of them.

So imagine six 20-something's from five completely different backgrounds living in a trendy loft apartment in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg, where you have to strive for your dreams, and cling to your friends.

Coupled with the day to day problems of giving their cultures the respect they deserve, as well as pay rent, date dodgy people, find the one, fall in love, evolve technologically, have Sunday braai's, and generally be proudly South African - if they knew what that meant in the first place - they also have to stand out from the crowd, stamp their identity and say:

"Jo'burg - this is who we are. Sithi ses'la – we have arrived!" The title of the show is derived from the Xhosa phrase "Sithi ses'la", meaning "We have arrived!"

In the first season the role of Phumzile was played by Busi Lurayi. She was replaced for Season 2 by Thuli Tabethe.

The sitcom was only picked up by SABC1 after the members of Black Brain Pictures, fresh out of university, coughed up their own cash to fund a bare bones pilot which they wrote, produced, directed, edited and acted in themselves.

The cast members were already good friends before the sitcom was ever made. Their on-screen relationships are based in part on the genuine chemistry and fun they share as real life friends with one another.

City Ses'la was written by Joshua Rous, Luke Rous, Meren Reddy and Greig Coetzee and directed by Joshua Rous and Johnny Barbuzano. The theme was composed by Bruce Williams, Mighty Music Africa and Gang of Instrumentals. The executive producer was Marie Rosholt.


The first season of the show was nominated for more awards than any other show - 14 - at the inaugural SAFTA Awards in October 2006. It won five of those awards:

Best TV Comedy
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy - Busi Lurayi
Best Ensemble Cast in a TV Comedy
Best Writer/Writing Team in a TV Comedy - Greig Coetzee and Team
Best Music in a TV Comedy

The show received eight nominations at the 2007 SAFTAs and won two: Best Writer/Writing Team in a TV Comedy and Best Music in a TV Comedy.

In 2008 it once again received eight nominations, this time winning six awards:

Best Supporting Actor (Owen Swanson)
Best Supporting Actress (Nkuli Sibeko)
Best Actor (Meren Reddy)
Best Actress (Thuli Tabethe)
Best Director (Joshua Rous)
Best Comedy

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Series exclusive to SABC1. Rebroadcast dates included.

Season 1 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 2 November 2005 | Finale: 25 January 2006 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Premiere: 16 July 2013 | Finale: 1 August 2013 | Weekdays, 10h30

Season 2 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 29 August 2006 | Finale: 3 September 2007 | Tue, 20h30/Mon, 19h00
Premiere: 2 August 2013 | Finale: 6 September 2013 | Weekdays, 10h30

Season 3 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 21 July 2008 | Finale: 12 January 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Premiere: 9 September 2013 | Finale: 14 October 2013 | Weekdays, 10h30

Season 4 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 12 July 2010 | Finale: 7 January 2011 | Mon, 19h00 / Fri, 20h30
Premiere: 16 October 2013 | Finale: 20 November 2013 | Weekdays, 10h30

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
David Roberts Luke Rous
Gary Moodley Meren Reddy
Letisha Ramasobane Tumi Masemola
Phumzile Cele Busi Lurayi
Themba Khumalo Mandla N.
Dana Roberts Nkuli Sibeko-Botman
Vaneshree Zuraida Jardine
Lou Owen Swanson
Cast Sibu Radebe
Fred Sdu Majola
Prakash Jack Devnarain
Guest Star Rafiq Jajbhay
Uncle Mto Hamilton Dhlamini
Mr. Cele Sam Phillips
Ronald Lungile Radu
DJ Mphosa Andile Ncube
Guy 1 David Mello
Girl 3 Maboni Nyakatya
TT Melusi Yeni
BBB Man Kenneth Nkosi
Mr Snel Anthony Bishop
Justice Storm Fezile Mpela

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