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 3 premiered on SABC1 on Friday 25 May 2012, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 episodes in the third season.
Tshisa 3 is a hard and glitchy post-kwaito redemption song with a beautiful singer on the backing vocals. The theme of the season is picking up the pieces and putting them back together.
What caused you to shatter and whether those pieces can still cut you raises many of the dramatic questions in the series, especially in relation to young black men in South Africa today.
The consequences of too much partying and too much drug taking have rocked the characters' world. It's time for them to grow up a bit. The new season of Tshisa is about redemption, about trying to stay clean and build a future, about learning to love yourself despite your past.
But that's easier said than done in the television and music industries and in a town where packs of girls go hunting to snag a celeb and drugs fuel the scene – from BEE joints to the local tavern.
You need money to get ahead and if sex is how you get it, then so be it.
Noxie and Lindiwe, Bafana and Baksteen will have to battle all the same temptations and try to make better choices.
Season 3 Cast
Most of the main cast from Season 2 - including Bongani Masondo, Zukisa Matola, Innocent Masuku, Thandy Matlaila, Mbali Mlotshwa and Given Stuurman - returned for Season 3.
Melusi Yeni appears in the first two episodes of the season but his character was put on hold for the rest of the season due to a scheduling conflict with his role in Generations.
Other cast members not returning this season include Manaka Ranaka (Vinolia), Lerato Moloi (Pushy), Miranda Mokhele (Latoya) and Andile Mbatha, who played Sly.
Season 3 features several new cast members including two new "Tshisa" presenters - newcomers Thulisile Phongolo in the role of Zama and Mxolisi Masango in the role of Spoke.
In addition, Vatiswa Ndara replaces Helen Ndamase in the role of Thembela Ncebe.
Other new cast members include Masilo Magoro as Baksteen's father Morena, Linda Sebezo as Maggie, Percy Ingle as Moses, Brandon Auret as Michael and Yonela Duze as Zukiswa.
A number of celebrities play fictitious versions of themselves this season, including Toya Delazy and Lulo Café.
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