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 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.
Season 1 Cast
(scroll to bottom for available actor bios)
Nkuli Sibeko-Botman ... Dana Roberts
Mandla N ... Themba Khumalo
Busi Lurayi ... Phumzile Cele
Luke Rous ... David Roberts
Tumi Masemola ... Letisha Ramasobane
Meren Reddy ... Gary Moodley
Recurring / Guests
Zuraida Jardine ... Veneshree
Owen Swanson ... Lou
Sibu Radebe ... Cast
Sdu Majola ... Fred (also credited as Siduduzo Majola)
Jack Devnarain ... Prakash
Rafiq Jajbhay ... Guest Star (as Rafiq Jajbha)
Hamilton Dhlamini ... Uncle Mto (as Hamilton Dlamani)
Sam Phillips ... Mr. Cele
Lungile Radu ... Ronald
Andile Ncube ... DJ Mphosa
David Mello ... Guy 1
Maboni Nyakatya ... Girl 3
Melusi Yeni ... TT
Kenneth Nkosi ... BBB Man
Anthony Bishop ... Mr Snel
Fezile Mpela ... Justice Storm
Shamita Mahadeo ... Guest Star
Irena Staneva ... Guest Star
Dominic Tyawa ... Uncle Mjogene (as Dominic Twaja)
Siphelele Mshubi ... Guy 2
Yolisa Baduza ... Girl 1
Bonokuhle Nzimande ... Girl 2
Tsepo Desando ... Afro Client (as Tshepo Desando)
Vusi Nhlapo ... Propeller Head (as Dumisane Nhlapo and Vuzi Dumisani Nhlapo)
Moses Phosa ... Chicken Man
Vaughan Erasmus ... Man in Nappy
Usha Khan ... Grandma Shanogeri
Sylvaine Strike ... Mrs Taylor
Sandy Govender ... Aunty Patti