Mamello (a Sotho word meaning "Resilience") is a South African television drama series produced by Endemol Shine South Africa which follows an idealistic teacher who relocates to a new school to escape an abusive marriage, where she falls in love with a fellow teacher and begins to rebuild the school as she rebuilds her own life.
This is a family drama that aims to encourage parents, children and communities to be open and honest about their challenges and seek solutions together.
Escaping an abusive marriage, idealistic principal and teacher Keneilwe Mogotsi (Tsholo Matshaba) has returned to Sebokeng, the industrial township she ran away from as a young woman. Her mission is to rescue Mamello High, a disadvantaged school on the verge of being closed down.
There she meets fellow teacher Patrick (Jude Tshisevhe) and the pair are drawn together, not only by their love but also by their common vision for the school, their idealism and their genuine passion for the school and for the students. They are teachers who love teaching.
Together, through the series, they face numerous challenges in the school ranging from a basic lack of resources, under-qualified teachers and an ever-changing curriculum to child-headed households, drugs and gangs to rape, a viral sex video and teenage pregnancies.
Can Keneilwe rebuild the school as she rebuilds her life?
Mamello stars Tsholofelo Matshaba as Keneilwe Mogotsi, Lethabo Bereng as Kamogelo Mogotsi, Lebohang Motaung as Kotsi Mogotsi, Mary Makhatho as Mosumbuka, Jude Tshisevhe as Patrick Mashego, Boitumelo Motsoatsoe as Bokang Mashego and Refilwe Madumo as Dorah Mashego.
The series is in Sotho, with English subtitles, and was shot in various locations around Gauteng to ensure an authentic look and feel.
Season 3 is produced by EndemolShine Africa. The head writer is Duduzile Mabaso, with scriptwriters Sipho Xolisa Tshapu, Nonzi Bogatsu, Chris Q Radebe, Percy Bonga Vilakazi, Zelipa Zulu Rodgers, Makganwana Mokgalong and Christa Biyela. Kabelo Thai is the script translator.
Season 3 Cast
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Tsholofelo Matshaba ... Keneilwe Mogotsi
Lethabo Bereng ... Kamogelo Mogotsi
Lebohang Motaung ... Kotsi Mogotsi
Jude Tshisevhe ... Patrick Mashego
Boitumelo Motsoatsoe ... Bokang Mashego
Refilwe Madumo ... Dorah Mashego
Recurring / Guests
Sello Motloung ... Mr Thobejane
Kitty Moepang ... Bontle (as Keitumetsi "Kitty" Moepang)
Vele Manenje ... Mrs "Bat" Batshweneng
Robert Mpisi ... Ferrari
Wiseman Mncube ... Junior
Mary Makhatho ... Miss Masombuka (as Mary Makgatho)
Kertrice Maitisa ... Nthabiseng
Yolanda Matabane ... Mrs Kgosana
Botshabelo Lebone ... Lerumo
Calvin Koki ... Dibata
Abraham Pupunyane ... Sechaba (as Abraham 'Abe' Pupunyane)
Didintle Khunou ... Modiehi
Palesa Dibakoane ... Dinana
Kotlwano Mathlame ... Zinzi
Simphiwe Ntshingila ... Zorro
Vuyisile Mpela ... Mr Pitso
Zizipho Mhlauli ... Teacher (as Zizpho Mhlauli)
Zola Rwexana ... Teacher
Pearl Hlophe ... Teacher
Thuli Mkhwanazi ... Teacher
Francis Rangoajane ... Mr Sibisi (as Francis Rangojane)
Marjorie Maborwa ... Mrs Tau
Lucia Tyutu ... Mean Girl 1
Madoda Soji ... Business Person 1
Mandla Mangena ... Marriage Officer
Nompumelelo Mabuya ... Mediator
Thabiso Senne ... Chairperson
Tshepo Rapuleng ... Mr Qhobosheane
Zanele Makhanya ... SGB Member
Susan Mabotja ... SGB Member
Dambuza Nqumashe ... Sporo (as Desmond Dambuza Nqumashe)
Lindiwe Mabesa ... Quintet
Dimpho Mokoena ... Quintet
Lebohang Mosia ... Quintet
Neo Tlhathlole ... Quintet
Sibusiso "Black" Madondo... Warder
Senzo Mtungwa ... Warder
Ntokozo Soko ... Event Master