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Broadcaster: SABC2 
Show Genre: Comedy
Season Premiere: Sunday, September 17, 2006
Season Finale: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Time: 19h00 - 19h30

Show Summary

Stokvel is a South African television sitcom created by Roberta Durrant and Joe Mafela of Penguin Films and set in the vibrant and exciting world of stokvels, where friends meet for companionship, good times and a social way of saving money.

The series premiered on SABC2 on Wednesday 2 July 2003, at 21h30. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 4

Stokvels have been part of African culture for decades and are places where friends meet for companionship and good times and provide a social way of saving money.

Set in the vibey world of two stokvels - one in Diepkloof and one in Soweto - this fourth 26 episode season of Stokvel sees a return of all the past characters from previous seasons. They are:

Mojo Khumalo: Chairman of the men's stokvel, Majakathata.
Lerato Khumalo: Mojo's wife and treasurer of the women's society Sweet Harmony.
Masechaba Moletsane: The pastor's wife and chairperson of Sweet Harmony.
Hazel Dube: A local shabeen queen.
Ayanda Twala: Lerato's best friend and a township tour operator.
Pinkie Serobe: A sweet, naive and clueless party animal.
Budgets Naledi: Treasurer of Majakatha.
Biza: A member of Majakatha who never pays his contributions.

Mojo belongs to Majakathata - a stokie that's fallen on hard times. Besides himself, there are only two other regular members so the stokie account is always depressing.

This doesn’t stop Mojo and his friends from constantly thinking of new ways to find new members to make more money. As treasurer of Majakathata Budgets Naleddi  thinks he knows everything there is to know about finances but the stokie’s books tell a different story and their funds aren’t helped by Biza never paysing his contributions.

Biza's a character found in almost every stokie – the ‘baaidjievanger’. He never has money or a job and constantly finds new and more inventive ways to get other people to buy him a drink.

This fourth season finds Majakathata a new member - rugby playing Philane who's a big guy with an even bigger heart.

During the season the Khumalos deal with the arrival of their firstborn son who made his appearance at the end of the previous series. Mojo and Lerata have to deal with the challenges faced by new parents including lack of sleep, balancing work with family and over-enthusiastic grandparents.

Episodes include the discovery of some of Masechaba’s secrets, major developments for Mojo at work and Biza being called home to become chief.

Budgets sets up his own night school, Ayanda tries her hand at shwashwi, Pinkie reveals her knowledge of French when she becomes Ayanda’s translator and Majakathata finally gets a new member who they can hang on to in the form of rugby player Philane who's a big guy with an even bigger heart.


The series is exclusive to SABC2

Season 1 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 2 July 2003 | Finale: 24 December 2003 | Wednesdays, 21h30

Season 2 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 7 July 2004 | Finale: 2 February 2005 | Wednesdays, 21h30

Season 3 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 10 August 2005 | Finale: 1 February 2006 | Wednesdays, 21h30

Season 4 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 17 September 2006 | Finale: 11 March 2007 | Sundays, 19h00

Season 5 (52 episodes)

Premiere: 1 July 2007 | Finale: 21 September 2008 | Sundays, 19h00

Season 6 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 5 April 2009 | Finale: 27 September 2009 | Sundays, 19h00

Season 7 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 17 October 2010 | Finale: 10 April 2011 | Sundays, 19h00

Season 8 (26 episodes)

Premiere: 15 January 2012 | Finale: 8 July 2012 | Sundays, 19h00

Show Trivia

In 2004 it became the only South African television show to ever make the finals of The International Emmy Awards.

It was also a nominee for the Best Sitcom at the Rose D’or Awards in the same year.

In 2006 it won 7 SAFTA Awards in the following categories:

Best Director in a TV Comedy - Vusi Dibakwane
Best Actress in a TV Comedy - Manaka Ranaka
Best Actor in a TV Comedy - James Ngcobo
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy - Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Comedy - Tshamano Sebe
Best Multi-Camera Team in a TV Comedy - Auther West S.A.S.C., Jakes de Villiers, Marius Fourie
Best Editor in a TV Comedy - Maryke Kruger S.A.G.E

In 2007 it won 3 SAFTA Awards in the following categories:

Best Actress in a TV Comedy - Manaka Ranaka
Best Actor in a TV Comedy - James Ngcobo
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Comedy - Andrea Dondolo

In 2008 it has once again nominated for a Rose d'Or Award. The Awards took place between 2 ad 6 May, 2008.

Stokvel is produced by Penguin Films under the artistic direction of Roberta Durrant and Joe Mafela.

Vusi Dibakwane is a regular director on the show.

Cast & Characters

Character Actor
Mojo Khumalo James Ngcobo
Lerato Khumalo Manaka Ranaka
Masechaba Moletsane Limakatso Manotwane
Hazel Dube Thembi Mtshali-Jones
Ayanda Twala Andrea Dondolo
Pinkie Serobe Lele Ledwaba
Budgets Naledi Moagi Modise
Biza Tshamano Sebe
Philane Phiri Sello Sebotsane
Steve Nhlanhla John Lata
Robber Mzu Ntantiso
Rich Man Anele Matoti
Chip Warrick Grier

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