Reloaded: Muvhango Flashback - Episode ONE

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 25 Aug 2009
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Updated on 7 April 2017

This article was originally published in 2009 when Muvhango reached its 1000th episode so we've reloaded it for the soapie's 20th anniversary tonight.

It offers a double blast to the past by taking you back to the show's 1000th episode and the very first episode.

Long-running soapie Muvhango will be reaching the show's 1000th episode this Thursday (27 August 2009) - usual time/usual place.

Since the soapie premiered in April 1997, it's gone through various format and location changes: it began as a 13-part series and when it reached Season 4 it got extended to three-nights-a-week - Mondays to Wednesdays.  At the time, it also went from filming on location to shooting at SABC's Henley studio's - where it still is. 

In April 2007 the show celebrated 10-years on air and got picked up on Thursday nights too.

Of course the behind-the-scenes antics at Muvhangoville have often been more soapified than the on-screen exploits of the characters.
"I'm Doobsie"

"No I'm Doobsie"
"NO. I'm Doobsie"

"NOOOO, aaaaaaargh!!!"
The show's creator Duma Ndlovu (who very few people have actually seen) has a reputation for hiring and firing actors at the flip of a camera switch. No soapie has delivered as many stories starring moaning actors.

As for what's coming up in the 1000th episode: Thandaza's going to have flashback moments to remember things that have happened in the past.

Word from the set is that the cast and crew won't be doing anything specific to celebrate the episode during it's broadcast on Thursday - the show's been on a production break so they're going to have a special shindig in September when everyone's back on set. We'll keep you posted on what they get up to (and whether fired actors will be invited - or not.)

In the meantime, here are some blast-to-the-past grabs of the very first episode of the show, that started with two-timing chief Mashudu Mukwevho having a heart attack - obviously from the pressure of having too many wives.
"Damn, if only I'd been happy with one I'd still be ticking."

"Luckily I wore matching socks!"

*Muvhangoville music kicks in* ...
A pic of the cast, taken in 2007.

Shows in this post: Muvhango

Channels in this post: SABC2


25 Aug 2009 06:12

Whats going on in that coffin pic?Never mind, a hot mess doesn't need that much of an explanation and thats what Muvhango is... A HOT MESS!Forgot that Glenzito was even in this mess.Who can forget Doris' "You must never!"?Anybody else love James' rival lawyers?"Could you please put your client back on his leash" is def the statement of 2009,finish & klaar.

25 Aug 2009 07:08

Onkez it was when Mr Mukwevho didn't want to be buried yet or something like that. So wapoka and he stopped the funeral.

25 Aug 2009 07:21

eish i remember this one epi
edward with dust...tltltltltllt haai mara Glen
it was more of a "story" than a sopie..what am i saying it is still a "story"

25 Aug 2009 07:54

lol blueroze

25 Aug 2009 08:00

kwakwakwakwkawka Thandaza, unxibentoni wethu??? eish, i will try and watch this, thing is it clashes with Mtunzini, and my week is not complete without watching my man Ndovela. hayi, this pic is sooooooooooo zilali (lack of a bette word)

25 Aug 2009 08:00

LMAO!!!! Hawu i diddnt see Mushasha there,LOL.

25 Aug 2009 08:03

LOL belz ... i thought it was me... Thandaza is wearing oversized Sleepers...LOL and ke this is so not the HUmbulani we know in Muvhango... hhayi suka.....

my week is not complete without watching my man Ndovela ..... LOL that man is so so..... LOL

25 Aug 2009 08:04

and you real must watch Mtunzini because it is the last episode this season

25 Aug 2009 08:06

Tripple LOL @ Mushasha, guys please akenibuke uMushasha unjani,LMAO.

25 Aug 2009 10:47

Hau what happened Thandaza? probably called for the photo shoot before she could finish dressing up. Lol. Hayi man Muvhango back then used to be scary man! All that dust at the graveyard and Mashudu reappearing in people's dreams as a ghost!

25 Aug 2009 13:16

Kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa @ Mashudu's shoes......di hloka polish.........Hahahahahahah   what a pose Mushasha.......Doris's braids/wateva that is called,.......look at where it starts.........kwakwakwakwakwa talk about wack look.....i wonder what are they saying wen they look at themselves back then.....nevamind the thought that they were on TV with those hilarious looks.What's Suzan trying to do on that

25 Aug 2009 13:26

I watch this soapie but half of the cast, i dont know their names, i dont even know who Mashudu is, half the time I try to match the words they say with the subtitles...Venda language just fascinates me :-)

25 Aug 2009 13:37


I also just get enough of Mushasha's pose... ROTFLMAOL!(It so "rural" to say the least)

25 Aug 2009 13:43

the one thing i remeber vividly about the first episodes is dust on Glen's nose @ his dad's funeral.
that "story"

25 Aug 2009 13:46

Mdovela must be the forever so roman-zulu-tic detective ne?

He once appeared wearing i-vest ne-short bathong and he on and said "Sponono sentokazi" to that PA gal he adores...

25 Aug 2009 13:47

haai man
the group photo is so Bona-ish
pose ya susan.....and then no! 
kante there was no professional aid?

and i think its too crowded 
maybe if the extras were not invited

25 Aug 2009 14:04

thatha just thinking bout his English when he's acting...tjo tjo tjo!!! always dressed really nice but whats with her on this group photo??

and i think its too crowded
maybe if the extras were not invited..................yes it is too crowded and there are no extras there...arent they all main actors nah BR?

25 Aug 2009 14:49

Spotted Glen Lewis

25 Aug 2009 14:56

arent they all main actors nah BR?
eish i dont know
i m not their target market
i only watch it when we "share" the set at home and i cant win when voting.
mara mushasha and thandaza and every one else in the same pic does not cut it for me

kiki X
25 Aug 2009 15:12

I miss Vho-Albert,what happened to him???

I love Vho-Mushasha and Vho-Mukondeleli,they are the best couple there..Vho-Susan is sweet.

Been tryna look hard hoping to see

25 Aug 2009 15:17

the first episode was very nice i remember it like it was yesterday....LOL i have always wanted to say that

27 Aug 2009 11:49

Kakwakwa...tsho, this show! I remember I was just happy that a venda show was on TV.

That pic was taken in 2007, hai bo, I could swear it was 2000! 

27 Aug 2009 16:08

i think i must go n ask for job.

28 Sep 2009 12:08

oh kante clen ene ele edward ne?

mokgopo enos
06 Apr 2010 00:37

muvhango comes a long way and i'm pleased with the effort the cast and crew are putting to give us the best everyday. they made it from monday only to thursday what a great achievement. well done guys and keep it up.

04 Mar 2016 03:32

hehehe Throw back

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