The latest Soul Buddyz season is a central part of the Phuza Wize campaign, a national campaign that aims to mobilise communities to bring about changes in acceptable drinking behaviour.
The focus is on violence prevention and specifically the role of alcohol as a catalyst for violence.
The new season will appeal not only to children, but also to the adults who take care of them. With strong real-life stories that affect children, their parents and their teachers, it delivers the positive message that all irrespective of age should and can talk about issues.
The season also challenges the stereotype that children are incapable of making informed choices and reinforces the message that kids can be active citizens in society.
After the success of the first three Soul Buddyz seasons, children said that they wanted to imitate their heroes in the programme. Due to this demand Soul Buddyz Clubs were set up across the country.
The Soul Buddyz Clubs have attracted almost 130,000 children in almost 6,500 clubs countrywide who are beavering away as agents for social change in their communities and in their own lives.
Season 5 features amongst others child actors such as Yolanda Msimang as Bongi, Faith Sekgopi as Zingi, Siyabonga Xaba as Forget and adult actors suchs as Stoan Seate as Pule, Nakedi Ribane as Moyikami and Renate Stuurman as Layla.
The season was directed by Amanda Lane.
Season 5 Cast
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Matshepo Sekgopi ... Zingi (as Faith Matsepo Sekgopi)
Stoan Seate ... Pule
Yolanda Kgaka ... Bongi (as Yolanda Msimanga)
Anele Mnguni ... Sifiso
Nandi Nyembe ... Gogo
Jet Novuka ... Vuyani
Neo Williams ... Mo
Garion Dowds ... Gabriel
Chiarra Visser ... Liza
Craig Palm ... Slate
Recurring / Guests
Siyabonga Xaba ... Forget
Mpho Sebeng ... Slay
Kgosi Mongake ... Dombolo
Thembalethu Ntuli ... Brains
Renate Stuurman ... Layla
Atandwa Kani ... Bra China
Nakedi Ribane ... Moyikami
Coco Merckel ... Mr Mamabolo
Lehlohonolo Dibakwane ... Legs
Kgothatso Kekana ... Smumu
Palesa Lepholletse ... Liza's Groupie 1
Portia Hadebe ... Liza's Groupie 2
Megan Opperman ... Liza's Groupie 3
Phumla Matu ... Liza's Groupie 4
Thami Matu ... Soccer Kid 1 / Boy in Classroom
Refilwe Madela ... Faith
Ashley Dowds ... Father Hooley
Thembsie Matu ... Mrs Vilakazi
Thabang Moleya ... DJ Mellow
Xoli Thusi ... Librarian
Phemelo Phiri ... Radio Caller
Phillip Hlophe ... Raks
Lorraine Mphephi ... Hairdresser
Ricardo Adoor ... Jasper
Doreen Mazibuko ... Social Worker
Sheila Petlele ... Vuyani's Woman
Thembi Seete ... Herself
Jabulani Hadebe ... Mr Mabaso
Lungelo Msibi ... Valentino
Zakhele Mabaso ... Tavern Owner
Lennox Mathabathe ... Parent 1
Nomsa Sonqishe ... Parent 2
Nathi Nduli ... Bodyguard
Boshadi Nkomo ... Competition MC
Mary Twala ... Gogoloshe
David Clatworthy ... Mr Washington
Bongi Mlotshwa ... Lady in Car