Shop­ping wars

Nimza and un­cle charles take on the Ma­putla em­pire and open their spaza. But will the dream team turn into a dis­as­ter?

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harles kunutu (masilo magoro) has be­come rich overnight and the bud­ding en­tre­pre­neur knows what to spend his cash on. “he’s not re­veal­ing where he got the money from, but he’s de­ter­mined to bring the ma­put­las down and make his the store of choice in town,” masilo ex­plains. with his newly ac­quired nephew nimza (buhle maseko) hav­ing his own bone to pick with the ma­put­las, after find­ing out that their son kwaito (cle­ment maosa) ran his dad down be­fore he even had a chance to meet him in 2011, charles re­cruits the teen as his right-hand man at the store on mon­day 1 de­cem­ber. ma’kuntu (shoki se­bot­sane) isn’t keen on her step­son nimza play­ing shop as­sis­tant in her brother-in-law charles’s spaza shop, not only be­cause he should be study­ing, but be­cause she be­lieves that charles’s ha­tred for the ma­put­las will fuel the boy’s pain of hav­ing his dad killed (it hap­pened in the very first episode) by one of them. “ma’kunutu asked nimza not to work at the shop, but he dis­obeys her. he sees the big­ger pic­ture – top­pling the ma­put­las – and thinks that she doesn’t,” buhle says.

nimza loves his un­cle and their bond re­volves around aveng­ing ben’s death – which, as buhle points out, isn’t healthy. “they’re a dan­ger­ous com­bi­na­tion, th­ese two. nimza finds a men­tor in charles, but their re­la­tion­ship is twisted.” when they go into business in or­der to top­ple the ma­putla em­pire, it’s bound to get risky.

the fam­ily that fights to­gether…

charles is hav­ing none of ma’kunutu’s dis­rup­tive con­cerns and con­fronts her on wed­nes­day 3 de­cem­ber about keep­ing his nephew away from what he likes to call the “fam­ily business”. “she bans nimza from work­ing at the shop and charles ac­cuses her of be­ing jeal­ous of him. he’s also bit­ter be­cause ma’kunutu re­jected him when he wanted to take over and be her new hus­band. i think deep down, charles re­sents her,” says masilo. but charles takes com­fort in the fact that his nephew is on his side. masilo adds, “he adores nimza and knows how brainy nimza is. that’s why charles asks him to look after his new shop with him. he wants the kunutus to take over and be­lieves that nimza can help him achieve it.” but will ma’kunutu ruin their plans?

(step)mommy dear­est

while charles is start­ing small in tak­ing on the gi­ant ma­putla su­per­mar­ket with a tiny spaza shop, he needs more than his teenage nephew’s support to achieve his business ideals. but he shouldn’t ex­pect that from his sis­ter-in-law. “she doesn’t be­lieve that he can make it and that charles should stop com­pet­ing with the ma­put­las,” masilo ex­plains. but with his up­com­ing pool tour­na­ment hav­ing tur­floop buzzing, maybe she’s wrong. only time will tell if charles’s in­vest­ment is in­deed an as­set.

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