Back to the future
Who’s who on The Road and what can we expect onscreen?
Mon-Thu (from 31 August) Mzansi Magic 19:30
Time travellers get ready! Things are getting intense on The Road (2015current) as we explore Themba’s (Neo Ntlatleng) world in Sophiatown during the ’50s and Zwelakhe’s (Luthuli Dlamini) challenges in the entertainment industry in present-day Joburg. While they encounter interesting characters on their journeys, some of the cast play dual roles – in both the past and present. To make sure that you don’t miss a thing, here’s our guide to some of the main characters you can expect to encounter in the telenovela. Stella Phiri (Gail Mabalane) The singer is an independent woman but she’s troubled after witnessing her brother kill their father. Bogart (Kabelo Mabalane) His real name is Humphrey but he changed it after he joined the German Gang. He’s also good at “reading” people. Zwelakhe Masondo (Luthuli Dlamini) He’s the CEO of Bambatha Productions as well as a screenwriter and executive producer. Xolile Masondo (S’thandiwe Kgoroge) Zwelakhe’s ex-wife is a writer who’s also a control freak and workaholic. Silas Mhlaba Ziqubu (Themba Ndaba) Zwelakhe’s business partner is a greedy, cashobsessed and power-hungry villain. Kedi Seakgoe (Gail Mabalane) Zwelakhe’s actress fiancée is a gold-digger, a prima donna and extremely manipulative. Themba sets up an interview with Stella just so that he can meet her but their first encounter doesn’t go well. Meanwhile, Zwelakhe’s life hangs in the balance as Xolile and Mothusi try to revive him but their attempts fail. Silas goes in search of a briefcase that went missing mysteriously, and news of Zwelakhe’s shocking death spreads across Joburg.
The Road’s Gail Mabalane (Stella and Kedi) and Luthuli