Tshisa is a South African television youth drama series produced by Moja Movie Factory which focuses on two young people – Bafana and Ayanda – who win the job of presenting a sizzling new TV show and set against the backdrop of life choices, the price of fame, the allure of bling, the downward spiral of drugs, overcoming disability, love, relationships, HIV, families and the traditional ties that bind.
The series premiered on SABC1 on Thursday 21 September 2006, at 21h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 aired on SABC1 from 9 September, 2008 to 3 March, 2009, on Tuesdays at 20h30. The series changed from an hour to a half-hour format and the timeslot shifted earlier to 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 half-hour episodes in the second season.
Season 2 Episode Synopses
Bafana has been hit by a bullet outside the shebeen on a Soweto street where Bafana, Baksteen, Lindiwe, Precious and Bheki grew up. The bullet impacts on all of their lives and on the TV show Tshisa that Bafana presents with Ayanda.
Baksteen launches a solo music career and comes under new management – in the form of his merchant Sosha. His new producer at Skhokho Records is a smooth operator called Sly. We also meet Baksteen’s mother for the first time.
Ayanda makes a bold career move and a new female presenter at Tshisa arrives in the form of Latoya. Sabz, a mysterious and talented new director arrives on the scene.
Ayanda’s blind mother, Thembela, ventures into the workplace and we meet her boss, Menzie. Ayanda’s evil aunty Thami is full of schemes. And her little brother Speedy seems to be going from strength to strength – until he hits his biggest obstacle.
The biggest new arrival in Ayanda’s world, though, is a tenacious tabloid journalist, Pushy.
Precious is torn by her love for the two brothers, Bafana and Bheki. Her dream is to study at Technikon. Lindiwe is pregnant and her parents try to milk her situation.
Golden boy Bafana Shabalala must face life in a wheelchair. He has to rethink the journey he’s been on. But will he be able to stay away from the drugs?
Season 2 Cast
All the main cast from Season 1 - including Bongani Masondo, Zukisa Matola, Innocent Masuku, Melusi Yeni, Thandy Matlaila, Mbali Mlotshwa and Manaka Ranaka - return for Season 2.
New supporting characters in Season 2 include:
Played by Lerato Moloi
It takes a tenacious sneak with brilliant survival instincts to secure the front page stories on a tabloid. Enter Pushy the journalist that can make or break a celebrity.
Played by Miranda Mokhele
The new face presenting Tshisa is Latoya. Hers is a Cinderella story and her struggle to get a break has made her tough enough to handle a cut-throat industry. Latoya is Miranda Mokhele’s first major role on TV.
Played by Andile Mbatha
The new platinum producer at Skhokho Records Sly might have bitten off more than he can chew when he signs Baksteen on. But he’s a sussed and scheming force behind several music legends.
Played by Mzwandile Nikane
Sosha is a lot smaller than Baksteen, but he’s a brute and a leader. He’s a drug merchant. He’s also Baksteen’s new manager.
Series exclusive to SABC1
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 21 September 2006 | Finale: 14 December 2006 | Thursdays, 21h00
Season 2 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 9 September 2008 | Finale: 3 March 2009 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 3 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 25 May 2012 | Finale: 23 November 2012 | Fridays, 20h30