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Show Details

Broadcaster: SABC1 
Show Genre: Drama
Season Premiere: Thursday, October 03, 2002
Season Finale: Thursday, December 26, 2002
Time: 20h30 - 21h00

Show Summary

Gaz'lam is a South African educational drama television series created by Barry Berk, Peter Esterhuysen and Lauren Segal from an idea by Ngaire Blankenberg, S'bu Nxumalo and Clarence Hamilton and produced by Ochre Moving Pictures which explores love, sex and relationships, with recurring themes of male and female identities and expectations, sexual negotiations and betrayal and conflict between "tradition" and modernity, against a backdrop of HIV/AIDS.

The series originally aired on SABC1 from 3 October, 2002 to 5 August, 2005. There are 52 half-hour episodes in four seasons. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 1 originally aired on SABC1 from 3 October to 26 December, 2002, on Thursdays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.

A rebroadcast of Season 1 premiered on SABC1 on Thursday 4 April 2013, at 22h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the first season.


The show uses modern mythology to transport viewers into the worlds of the living, the dead, and the in-between. The guide through these worlds is the spirit of GP, a ghost who serves as the story's narrator.

He relates Sifiso's story as a cautionary tale and with a message of hope: that it is never too late for us to make the right choice and make a change in our lives.

While the first two seasons deal with the sacrifices, compromises and problems associated with trying to make relationships work, Seasons 3 and 4 also look at the relationship with oneself, with particular attention to the concept of love.

What is love, in all of its manifestations? Love for self, love for others, conditional love, unconditional love, healthy and unhealthy love.

Does someone make a choice to love someone? If so or not, what choices does a character make out of or for love?

Central to the storyline are the recurring themes of male and female identities and expectations; sexual negotiations and betrayal; conflict between "tradition" and modernity; the maturation of love and the consequences of the choices we make, all set against a backdrop of South Africa’s HIV/Aids pandemic.

The tagline for the series is "Love, sex, and relationships in the new South Africa." Gaz'lam means "blood that binds" or "brotherhood".

The first episode of the series was dedicated to the memory of series star Sipho Mzobe, who was murdered in July 2002, months before the series was broadcast.


Series Producer and Head Writer

Charlie Sapadin

Executive Producers

Indra de Lanerolle
Lauren Segal


Alex Yazbek (26 episodes, 2003-2005)
Barry Berk (13 episodes, 2002)
Bronwyn Berry (7 episodes, 2005)
Hlomla Dandala (6 episodes, 2005)


Charlie Sapadin (28 episodes, 2003-2005)
Barry Berk (13 episodes, 2002)
Neil McCarthy (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Bongi Ndaba (4 episodes, 2005)
Craig Freimond (3 episodes, 2003)
Stephen Simm (3 episodes, 2005)
Nick Warren (3 episodes, 2005)
Alex Yazbek (3 episodes, 2005)

Music Composer

Philip Miller

Story Contributors

Palesa Letlaka
Makhaola Ndebele
Ntsieng Sithe
Israel Makoe
Pule Hlatshwayo
S'bu Nxumalo
Monde Mayephu


Series exclusive to SABC1. Rebroadcast dates included.

Season 1 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 3 October 2002 | Finale: 26 December 2002 | Thursdays, 20h30
Premiere: 4 April 2013 | Finale: 18 July 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 2 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 10 October 2003 | Finale: 2 January 2004 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 25 July 2013 | Finale: 10 October 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 3 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 18 February 2005 | Finale: 13 May 2005 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 17 October 2013 | Finale: 28 November 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 4 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 20 May 2005 | Finale: 5 August 2005 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 28 November 2013 | Finale: 9 January 2014 | Thursdays, 22h00

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Sifiso Siyabonga Shibe
Thuli Bubu Mazibuko
Menzo Bonginkosi Twala
Khethiwe Mbali Ntuli
Msizi Punky Dladla
GP Israel Makoe
Portia Manaka Ranaka
Lerato Thembi Seete
Deep Speedy
Sunglasses Matt Stern
Jerome Menzi Ngubane
Foxy Gcina Mkhize
Jimi Tony Kgoroge
Hayley Camilla Waldman
Andre Gary D'Alessandro
Kim Bayo Jwayi
Welile Sipho Mzobe
Khethiwe's Father Magic Hlatshwayo
Chief Nyembezi Kunene
Lerato's Mother Nandi Nyembe
Father's Negotiator Jabu Makhubu
Chief's Negotiator Moshoeshoe Chabeli
Sis Bee Linda Sebezo
Make Up Artist Adrian Alper
Portia's Doctor Mary Makhatho
Foxy's Friend Smangele Mbatha
Pipe Man Darlington Michaels
Torso Siphiwe Mtshali
The Customer Iain Winter
Sparara Lebo Pelesane

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