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Lithapo

Genres: Telenovela
Broadcast on: SABC2

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Seasons

Season 1

Channel Premiere Finale TX Time Episodes
SABC2 13 Jan 2020 06 Jan 2021 Monday-Wednesday, 21h30 156


Season 1

Lithapo (a Sesotho word meaning The Ties that Bind Us) is a South African telenovela about Nolo, a young man from QwaQwa in search of his biological father in the city.

Through his journey he navigates romance and revenge, while smashing the patriarchy within toxic masculinity, in the midst of post-Apartheid protest.

His journey takes him through the corrupt world of urban property development, whilst exploring the complex lives of the ordinary working class people in Alex, as well as affluent Sandton moguls, all caught in the middle of an inevitable dawning of change.

After his mother's sudden death at the hands of cattle thieves, Nolo comes to learn of his mother's secrets that she had hoped to take to her grave, about the lover that had left her behind.

He takes off on a journey to find the man he never knew as his father - a successful city slicker who wanted nothing to do with him.

Nolo's journey through Lithapo then becomes a tale of two cities: Sandton vs. Alex, where there is mayhem in the streets, and angry residents protesting the shocking levels of service delivery in the township.

They have all reached a boiling point because of a child that drowned in a pit toilet.

Bins are overturned... street vendors scatter... when a taxi lands in the midst of this chaos as Nolo arrives - far away from his rural homestead, determined not to get distracted by the big city lights.

Meanwhile, 'across the road' but a world away in Sandton, lives the Hlongwane family. Their lives are the opposite of his, but their destinies are intertwined.

A love triangle develops when he falls in love with Pabi, a young woman who also becomes involved with the head of the Hlongwane family.

The passions between Pabi and Nolo are thwarted from the start, but when he finds out that everything he believed about his life had been a lie, Nolo must choose between father and mother, loyalty and love, good and evil – all against the backdrop of a tumultuous country that, like him, is trying to redefine its identity.

Although these worlds exist within a stone's throw of each other across a controversial bridge, they are fundamentally worlds apart, as powerful metaphors for South Africa's growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots.

The chilling fog on the foothills of the Drakensburg mountains in QwaQwa symbolically becomes seamlessly woven into the congested smog of the city, as the ties that bind the world of all the interconnected characters together.

Lithapo is produced by Quizzical Pictures. Harriet Gavshon and JP Potgieter are the executive producers; the producer is Siphiwe Hlabangane. The head writer is Neil McCarthy and storyliners include Thishiwe Ziqubu, Nas Hoosen and Magano Mamabolo.

The title sequence music is by Robert of Mahlomola Recording.


Season 1 Cast

as
Likeledi

as
Senzo

as
Thandeka

as
Nkosana

as
Zano

as
Tselane

as
Pabi

as
Moipone

as
Professor (as Israel Makoe)

as
Patricia

as
Mfazwe

as
Cebile

as
Thabang (as Thabang "TJ" Mokhuane)

as
Trevor

as
Laiken

as
Buhle

as
Chantal

as
Brian

as
Mr Malan

as
Tshepo

as
Louw

as
Young Senzo

as
Aria

as
Mantwa (as Moliehi Didie Makobane)

as
Vivienne

as
Thapelo

as
Nkosana's Client

as
Spokes

as
Kgotso (as Kagiso "Gwyza" Diseko)

as
Dr Page

as
Maki

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