SABC1 flights new road safety drama

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From tonight, Mzansi Magic’s pop­u­lar TV show, Our Per­fect Wed­ding, will go head to head with a new SABC1 drama called In­gozi. In­gozi (mean­ing “ac­ci­dent” in isiZulu) is a 13-part drama se­ries pro­duced by Duma Ndlovu, the cre­ator of SABC2’s Tshiv­enda soapie, Mu­vhango. In­gozi aims to prick the pub­lic’s con­science by high­light­ing how the lives of three dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies are set on a col­li­sion course and torn apart by one event­ful night on the road. South Africa has more than its fair share of reck­less driv­ers, who over­take on blind curves, drive drunk or at un­be­liev­ably high speeds, and are rude and ag­gres­sive on the road. In its bid to high­light one of the coun­try’s most shame­ful mis­de­meanours – which shows no sign of abat­ing – the cast and crew hope lives will be spared. Ndlovu be­lieves the story line will bal­ance the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion with some hu­mour. “The in­spi­ra­tion for the script was drawn from our home-grown ex­pe­ri­ences. “Road fa­tal­i­ties af­fect ev­ery South African,” he says, adding that his com­pa­tri­ots have to be alert to the fact that road crashes are not just statis­tics; many are tragedies that could have been avoided. “We had to en­sure that view­ers could recog­nise them­selves in our char­ac­ters to bring it as close to home as pos­si­ble,” adds Ndlovu. The show fea­tures for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress Xo­lile Tsha­bal­ala, as well as Jet Novuka, Mma­batho Mo­go­motsi and Lu­nathi Mam­pofu. An ex­cited Tsha­bal­ala says view­ers can ex­pect a riv­et­ing story. “The drama is based on road aware­ness and it has an amaz­ing cast,” she says. “It also ed­u­cates cit­i­zens about real is­sues af­fect­ing in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies.” Mam­pofu plays Zikhona, a young girl who has come to Jo­han­nes­burg to study. “My char­ac­ter goes through many tri­als and tribu­la­tions. Dur­ing her stud­ies her mom be­comes un­able to pay her fees.” Kamo­gelo Mo­latl­hoe, who plays Tshep­ang, says her char­ac­ter is “an en­er­getic per­son who is will­ing to do any­thing in life. “In­gozi will keep view­ers glued to their TV screens.” In­gozi has been en­dorsed by the min­istry of trans­port and the Road Traf­fic Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (RTMC). “We, as the RTMC, along with the en­tire trans­port fam­ily, feel that an ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tive of this na­ture is long over­due,” says Makhosini Msibi, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the RTMC. “We un­der­stand the role that en­ter­tain­ment can play in en­hanc­ing pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing of ma­jor scourges such as this one fac­ing so­ci­ety to­day.” Trans­port Min­is­ter Dipuo Peters has also urged South Africans to tune in to the show. The new drama se­ries pre­mieres at 7.30pm on SABC1

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ACTORS Xo­lile Tsha­bal­ala and Jet Novuka fea­ture in a new SABC1 drama se­ries that aims to raise aware­ness about road safety

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