TV show is ready to roll

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The sec­ond sea­son of SABC3’s lo­cal drama High Rollers – which is all about back­stab­bing, be­trayal and gam­bling – prom­ises to be more elec­tri­fy­ing and ed­u­ca­tional this time around.

The launch of the new sea­son took place at the lav­ish New York Club in Four­ways this week. High Rollers will kick off on our screens on June 29 on SABC3.

Ac­tor and model Maps, real name Masego Maponyane, was an­nounced as a new ad­di­tion to the High Rollers fam­ily and is play­ing a 25-year-old se­cu­rity guard on the show.

Maponyane, also the MC for the night, told the guests he was “ex­cited” to be on the new show.

Also spot­ted was one of the cast mem­bers and vet­eran ac­tor Xo­lile Tsha­bal­ala, who will play the char­ac­ter of Gugu Mo­gale along­side vet­eran thes­pian Fezile Mpela, who plays Thato “TT” Mo­gale.

Tsha­bal­ala told City Press the rea­son we don’t see her of­ten on our screens any more is be­cause she’s been busy work­ing be­hind the scenes.

“I don’t just ac­cept any job of­fer any more. I choose which tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion I want to be in.

“Gone are those days when we used to be on ev­ery show. Now I’ve grown and I know my worth,” she said.

Mpela said peo­ple al­ways as­sumed that once you were not on tele­vi­sion, you had dis­ap­peared.

“What peo­ple need to re­mem­ber is that we dis­cover our­selves when we do cer­tain things in the in­dus­try. “I have dis­cov­ered that I can do voiceovers and other things the in­dus­try presents us with,” said Mpela.

He added that High Rollers was about drama and view­ers would wit­ness things they hadn’t seen be­fore on South African tele­vi­sion. “It’s not about a pay cheque this time, but what we can show­case as ac­tors,” he said. Mpela said he was work­ing on a big show, but re­fused to di­vulge de­tails about it.

Thishiwe Ziqubu

Maps Maponyane

Fezile Mpela

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