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 8 premiered on SABC2 on Sunday 15 January 2012, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 episodes in the eighth season.
This much loved institution is the dynamic backdrop for the continuing activities of two stokvels in Diepkloof, Soweto. Stokvels have been a part of African culture for decades - a place where friends meet for companionship, good times and a social way of saving money.
Since its first broadcast in 2003, Stokvel has scored high ratings in its time slot and continues to attract a large audience to the ongoing adventures of the young professional couple, Mojo Khumalo and his beautiful wife, Lerata, and their respective stokvels.
Mojo is the chairman of the men's stokvel, Majakathata, and Lerata is the treasurer of the women's society Sweet Harmony.
Sweet Harmony is chaired by the pastor's wife Masechaba Moletsane. Other members include local shebeen queen, Hazel Dubeand Ayanda Twala - a township tourism operator and Lerata's best friend.
There's also sweet, naïve (and rather clueless) Pinkie Serobe.
Mojo belongs to Majakathata - a stokie that has fallen on hard times. Besides himself, there are only two other regular members so the stokie account has always looked rather depressed.
This doesn't stop Mojo and his friends from constantly thinking of new ways to find new members and make more money.
Budgets Naledi is the treasurer of this group. He thinks he knows everything there is to know about finances - but the stokie's books tell a different story.
Their funds aren't helped by the fact that Biza never pays his contributions. Biza is 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.
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