Tsha Tsha is a South African educational youth drama series produced by Curious Pictures and CADRE (Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation) which follows the lives of young people in the fictional rural Eastern Cape town of Lubusi, as they negotiate the big issues of life – love, sex and relationships.
It is broadcast in Xhosa, with English subtitles.
The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC1 from 11 April 2003 to 27 October 2006. There are 78 half-hour episodes in four seasons. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on SABC1 from 9 January to 2 April, 2004, on Fridays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
The season repeated on SABC1 from 5 May to 28 July, 2008, on Mondays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the second season.
How Season 1 ended: Tsha Tsha 1 ended with many things up in the air. Uncle Mike has been shot, and we don’t know if he will survive. Andile’s mom has died and Boniswa’s son Joy has come to live with her.
It seems like Viwe and Andile might finally admit their feelings for one another and Boniswa and DJ might actually have a successful relationship.
But things are never simple. Tsha Tsha 2 kicks off with the arrival of two new people in town who ensure that life in Lubusi will never be the same again.
Mandisa is a beautiful talented Latin American dancer from East London who seems to have designs on Andile. For Viwe, still battling to come to terms with her HIV positive status, it feels like the end of her world.
But as it turns out, Mandisa has her eye on someone else - with surprising results.
On the other end of the spectrum, Mike’s son Cedric gets out of prison and threatens the entire town.
Tsha Tsha was produced for SABC Education by the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE) and Curious Pictures. It was funded by USAID through Johns Hopkins University Health Communications Partnership, which also provided funding support for research on the series.
Harriet Gavshon and David Jammy from Curious Pictures and Warren Parker from CADRE were the Executive Producers of Tsha Tsha.
All the principal actors grew up in the Eastern Cape and are familiar with the language and texture of a small town. Producer Lumko Dukashe and many of the crew are also from the Eastern Cape, and kept a watching brief on authenticity and the use of language.
Tsha Tsha had numerous directors, including Tim Greene, Shaft Moropane, Rolie Nikiwe and Catherine Stewart. Director of Photography on Tsha Tsha was Mike Downie.
Series exclusive to SABC1. Rebroadcast dates included.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 11 April 2003 | Finale: 4 July 2003 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 2 September 2003 | Finale: 25 November 2003 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 9 January 2004 | Finale: 2 April 2004 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 5 May 2008 | Finale: 28 July 2008 | Mondays, 20h30
Season 3 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 20 October 2004 | Finale: 13 April 2005 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Season 4 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 5 May 2006 | Finale: 27 October 2006 | Fridays, 20h30