Greed & Desire is a South African telenovela produced by Ochre Moving Pictures which tells the story of a family that rose to power from nothing, only for greed and ambition to threaten the entire family and its legacy after the unexpected death of the family patriarch.
Exploring the themes of ambition, wealth, power, secrets and desire, the series is set in Bloemfontein, where the Makhethas rose from nothing to become the most successful family in the Free State through their hospitality business.
Fuelled by ruthless ambition, betrayal and jealousy, The Makhetha empire is at stake. The battle to protect the family wealth sees a series of events take place after the patriarch of the family is killed in a fit of rage. His murder becomes the root of a dreadful secret that sees the family empire falling into the wrong hands.
Lives are ruined when the family learns the truth about who killed the head of the house, as the fate of the empire that was built from nothing to become an established jewel is at stake.
The rightful heir is in the dark about their inheritance and the responsibilities that lie ahead in their future. And so the story of how greed ruined a family by threatening their wealth and fortune unfolds.
Headlining the cast is Thato Molamu, Nthati Moshesh, Xoli Zondi, Matli Mohapeloa, Motsoaledi Setumo, Thami Mngqolo, Buyile Mdladla and Nkopane Mohola.
Original music was composed by Brendan Jury. The head writer is Busisiwe Ntintili, with script writers Portia Gumede, Steven Pillemer, Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom, Lennox Motha, Linda Bere, Gillian Breslin, Ruth Moatlhodi, Salah Sabiti, Sipho Xolisa Tshapu, Wilson Shaddai, Julian Koboekae, Nonzi Bogatsu, Martin le Maitre, Thabo Lehlongwa and Bakang Sebatjane.
Greed & Desire is executive produced by Stan Joseph and Uzanenkosi for Ochre Moving Pictures. The show runner is Portia Gumede and initial directors on the series were Ernie Vosloo, Zolani Phakade and Sisanda Henna.
The working title of the show was Ke Thaba Bosiu.
Season 1 Cast
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Thato Molamu ... Maru Makhetha
Nthati Moshesh ... Thakane Makhetha
Xoli Zondi ... Nqobile Gigaba
Matli Mohapeloa ... Morakile Selebogo
Motsoaledi Setumo ... Tselane Dlamini
Thami Mngqolo ... Kenny Msomi
Buyile Mdladla ... Percy Zondo
Nkopane Mohola ... Tokelo
Recurring / Guests
Peter Sephuma ... Bonngoe Makhetha (as Peter Sepuma)
Linda Sebezo ... Sharon Dlamini
Sam Phillips ... Kgosi
Sello Sebotsane ... Atleha
Bonginkosi Shibe ... Foloko
Makalo Mofokeng ... Motsamai
Kagiso Rakosa ... Kgomotso
Mbali Ngiba ... Welile
Siyasanga Kobese ... Mamphefo / Nozipho
Mary Makhatho ... Refiloe Makgetla (as May Makgatho)
Miza Modibedi ... Thabo Journalist
Mothusi Chebeletsane ... Ntate Tomose
Thapelo Sebogodi ... Young Bonngoe
Thulane Kubheka ... Bra T (as Thulane Khubeka)
Andrew Stock ... Farmer
Mpumelelo Bhulose ... Xolani (May 2016)
Lindiwe Ndlovu ... Jabu
Sonia Sedibe ... Thlabi
Zewande Bhengu ... Thabo Journalist
Gail Mabalane ... Cassandra Mabandla
Tsholofelo Matshaba ... Bonang Moabi (as Tsholo Matshaba)
Keabetswe Mashugane ... Princess Oarabile
Kamo Letsosa ... Mapule Tsotetsi
Deli Malinga ... Sibahle Gigaba
Buhle Moletsane ... Gabisile Dlamini
Buhle Sithole ... Dipolelo
Mandla Shongwe ... Kgosi's Advisor
Amohelang Hlakotsa ... Young Sibahle
Sibusiso Mpungose ... Thabang
Thandy Mthimkhulu ... MaBawo
Muzi Mkhabela ... Monday
Jantji ... Witch Doctor
Raymond Mabaya ... On Duty Officer
Oratile Dithakgiso ... Dipolelo
Ntombi Mavuso ... Beauty
Fifi Cooper ... Herself
Yamkela Thladi ... Zola
Kgali Haphane ... Ndoni
Simphiwe Ngema ... Noni
Buhle Nhlapo ... Bongani
DJ Happy Gal ... Special Appearance