Isipho (The Gift) is a South African supernatural telenovela created by Herbert Hadebe and Busisiwe Ntintili which follows the story of Moses Shezi, a former academic whose peaceful life takes an unexpected turn when he experiences a vision that predicts his daughter's death.
Desperate to change the course of destiny, he sets out to find the four strangers who appeared in his vision and surrounding his daughter at the time of her death.
From his vision, it is clear that these strangers are not in any way ordinary. They have gifts.
Following his vision, Moses - armed with the goal of honing the stranger's gifts - finds himself together with his psychologist wife and a team of teachers in the spiritual arts, opening an academy for the gifted.
The students come with baggage of their own and Moses and the teachers soon discover that they not only have to teach the students to harness and control their gifts, but also guide them to be the best versions of themselves.
The series stars Nimrod Nkosi as Moses Shezi, Xoli Zondi as Nkanyezi Shezi, Thobani Nzuza as Lwandle, Sparky Xulu as Mpendulo, Wandi Chamane as Nomzingeli and Karabo Maseko as Neo; and introducing Precious Ngidi as Ntombi Shezi and Mbalenhle Mavimbela as Tandzile.
Recurring roles include Saint Seseli as Pastor Rametsi and Themsie Times as Gogo Nqobile.
Isipho was created and is executive produced by Herbert Hadebe and Busisiwe Ntintili in association with HerbVision Multimedia and The Ntintili Factory. The superviving producer for e.tv is Bobo Radu.
Directors include Rolie Nikiwe, King Shaft Moropane, Funeka Mpela and Nhlanhla Masondo.
Writers include Keith Moyo, Tiisetso Tlelima, Sizwe Fortune Zuma, Wilson Shaddai, Nompi Vilakazi, Bakang Sebatjane, Sihle Hlophe, Salah Sabiti, Trish Malone and Linda Bere.
Storyliners include Busisiwe Ntintili, Keith Moyo, Tiisetso Tlelima and Sizwe Fortune Zuma.
The series was filmed in Muldersdrift and surrounding areas. Music is by Alan Lazar and Lalela Music.
Season 1 Cast
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Nimrod Nkosi ... Moses Shezi
Xoli Zondi ... Nkanyezi Shezi
Thobani Nzuza ... Lwandle
Zenzelisphesihle Xulu ... Mpendulo (as Sparky Xulu)
Wandi Chamane ... Nomzingeli
Precious Ngidi ... Ntombi Shezi
Karabo Maseko ... Neo
Mbalenhle Mavimbela ... Tandzile
Recurring / Guests
Tessa Twala ... Mbali
Saint Seseli ... Pastor Rametsi
Sana Mchunu ... Mam Lindi
Themsie Times ... Gogo Nqobile
Busiswa Mambi ... Thuli
Sphiwokuhle Makhathini ... Masiko (as Sphiwokhule Makhatini)
Sipho Mdhlovu ... Sifiso
Nomcebo Gumede ... Elihle
Busani Mbili ... Percy
Mike Ndlangamandla ... Teboho
Sindiwe Mnotonintshi ... Nosipho
Lwando Notshe ... News Reader
Ndiene Khangne ... Young Moses
Vusimuzi Khoza ... Neighbour
Buhle Mazibuko ... Neighbour's Wife
Nkosikhona Kunene ... Bongs
Solly Moagi ... Bartender
Thandeka Nodada ... Dimpho
Ntsika Benya ... Sonny
Bheki Manana ... Thabang
Ncibijana Madlala ... Jabu Khoza (as Ncibijana Mpumelelo Madlala)
Momelezi Ntshiba ... Cyrus (as Momelezi Vuyisa Ntshiba)
Tyson Lungelo ... Siphiwe
Bonny Zulu ... Mma Langa
Ashley Morley ... Amos
Sindiwe Mnthonitsishi ... Nosipho
Lawrence Phelekwa ... Mandla