Unveiling Mzansi Magic's new Cape Town drama: Nkululeko

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Mzansi Magic on 11 Dec 2017
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Aphiwe Mkefe and Zimkhitha Nyoka
Aphiwe Mkefe / Zimkhitha Nyoka

Mzansi Magic kicks off 2018 with Nkululeko, a new Sunday night coming-of age drama series that premieres on 7 January at 20h00.

It's filmed and set in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha and centres round Nkululeko Zwai, a brainbox who excels at maths.

As the series opens, Nkululeko is preparing for a maths competition that promises to radically change his life for the better but then he makes an impulsive decision in the midst of blossoming love and suddenly everything falls apart. He finds himself in deep trouble and his future in jeopardy.

Hey, who landed the starring roles??

Nkulukelo is played by newcomer Aphiwe Mkefe, who landed the role through the show's open auditions which were held in September this year... you may remember seeing the audition call on TVSA

Sizwe Msutu / Zimkhitha Nyoka / Tina Jaxa

Who's that girl?

Another starring casting went to Isithembiso and Mutual Friends star Zimkhitha Nyoka, who plays Sibulele Nginda, the girl at the centre of Nkululeko's unravelling.

Sibu is described as smart and intelligent and her relationship with Nkululeko changes both their lives forever. She's the daughter of Khayelitsha's prominent Brigadier. 

Other notable characters are:

The side-kicks

Nkululeko's best buddies are Mandla (Tiisetso Thoka) and Buhle (Abongile Salli) who have to face their own demons while helping him come to terms with his life choices.

Buhle is a colourful hustler from a poverty-stricken family. He believes money can end all his problems and isn't afraid to dabble in criminal activities to acquire it, while Mandla is a “Cheese Boy” who struggles to find where he belongs. 

Single pops

Nkululeko’s father Thami is played Montana and Isikizi star Chris Gxalaba. He's a caddy at a golf course and a single dad - his wife left him for "greener pastures". His main goal is to give Nkululeko the opportunities he never had.

The Brigadier 

Sibu's father is also played by a Montana star, Sizwe Msutu, and he's similar to Thami in that he wants Sibu to have every opportunity. He's determined to protect her at all costs - especially from the influence of troublemakers. 

The credits

Others in the cast include Tina Jaxa, Andile Mxakaza and Jet Novuka. 

The series is a co-production between Bomb (producers of Isibaya, Yizo Yizo, The Road) and Cape Town based Dumile Films.

Dumile Films wrote the story and Bomb produced and mentored the project. This from Sibulele Siko-Shosha of Dumile:

Sibulele: Having grown up in Khayelitsha, I am humbled by the opportunity given by Mzansi Magic to showcase local stories, providing a platform to a new breed of storytellers. Partnering up with the great Bomb Pictures has enabled us with the support to express our noteworthy stories that will be enjoyed by South Africans.


Shows in this post: Nkululeko

Channels in this post: Mzansi Magic


11 Dec 2017 16:10

wow eish interesting bt hope baxhose(valga xhosa language )when talking like on #Intsika

11 Dec 2017 16:31

Bomb and Ferguson productions have a tender with Mzansi Magic ne?

11 Dec 2017 16:51

lol i asked mzansi magic on their Facebook page while go they gave me some email address to ask mnet bt they didn't respond via the email cz some guy replied and said probably bomb&fergusons pay sm1 on mnet

11 Dec 2017 17:00

what about saint and sinners season 4

11 Dec 2017 20:33

Another Bomb productions...i think its gonna be another yawn fest .but let me not be negative lol

12 Dec 2017 09:39

i wonder why i am not added kodwa im in Cpt,, sukaaaa lol..

14 Dec 2017 13:58

Sounds interesting enough, but for a Sunday night slot............?  I suppose that remains to be seen.

15 Dec 2017 06:44

I Will not even invest my time on this, Bomb production are dull. It wz cool when it was Igazi, Rockville and Saints & Sinners

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