Princess di­aries

What ex­actly does teenager Thandeka jot down in that very pri­vate di­ary of hers?

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The cast (from left): Un­cle Malome, bestie Sihle, sis­ter Ayanda, Thandeka, mom Sli and dad Bheki. Sea­son 2 Wed­nes­days (from 29 June) SABC1 (*191) 19:30

Lo­cal sit­com Thandeka’s Di­ary (2015- cur­rent) re­turns for a 26-episode sec­ond sea­son. It’s go­ing to be a fun­filled teenage trip with off­beat Thandeka (Bu­sisiwe Mt­shali) telling her au­di­ence once more about her strict par­ents Bheki and Sli (Skhumba Hlophe and Tumi Mar­i­tile), her irritating and nosy younger sis­ter Ayanda (Katlego Dinga) and her ad­ven­tures with bestie Sihle (Lwazi Lubanzi Mthembu). What about her crush JJ (Lindo Ntombela)? Turns out he’s so last sea­son and Thandeka’s got her eyes on her class­mate Bruce (Tefo Ma­gen­genene) now.


So what all is on the way? Loads of ex­cit­ing new chap­ters are just wait­ing to be writ­ten in Thandeka’s di­ary. Be­sides turn­ing 18 (in episode 25, which should air on 14 De­cem­ber), she’s get­ting her first kiss, in episode 5 (27 July), be­comes a bossy school pre­fect in episode 17 (19 Oc­to­ber) and Thandeka also goes to her ma­tric dance in episode 26 (21 De­cem­ber). Even though the prim-and-proper teen has mapped out her life, things don’t al­ways go ac­cord­ing to plan, so we’ve high­lighted a cou­ple of laugh-aminute episodes to di­arise. Sea­son 1 ended in May 2015 with Thandeka and her crush JJ paired to­gether for a school project. Brainy Thandeka came crash­ing down to Earth when she re­alised that JJ is all looks and doesn’t have that much go­ing on up­stairs…


In episode 4 (20 July), Thandeka is ex­cited to have real-life ac­tress Khabon­ina Qubeka (wicked gang­ster’s daugh­ter Nina on Isidingo, 1998- cur­rent, since last year) give a speech at her school about choos­ing the right ca­reer path. Thandeka’s dig­nity goes down the drain when her dodgy Un­cle Malome (Babsy Selela) bursts in to meet his crush Khabon­ina…


In episode 6 (3 Au­gust), Thandeka’s “nerdy” sta­tus takes an­other knock when her too- cool-for-school ri­val Dee (Kgao­gelo Monama) gets a tat­too and in­stantly be­comes a play­ground su­per­hero. As for Thandeka, she begs her par­ents for a “fierce tat­too” and runs away from home when they say no.


In episode 11 (7 Septem­ber), Thandeka dis­cov­ers that Dee has a sug­ar­daddy – and even more shock­ing is that he’s one of their class­mate’s fa­thers! Thandeka tries to talk to her par­ents about the sit­u­a­tion but they don’t seem to see the sever­ity of the prob­lem… yet.


Thandeka’s a late bloomer and in episode 20 (9 Novem­ber) she gets car­ried away with stuff­ing her bra with tis­sues to keep up with her am­ple-bo­somed buddy Sihle. This brings tears to Thandeka’s mom’s eyes be­cause she can’t bear see­ing her el­dest daugh­ter grow­ing up and be­com­ing a wo­man.


There’s a pre­sen­ter search at the school in episode 24 (7 De­cem­ber) and the only thing the kids can talk about is who’s go­ing to be the next Bo­nang Matheba (un­for­tu­nately, the Af­ter­noon Ex­press and Top Billing pre­sen­ter, ra­dio jock and A-lis­ter doesn’t ac­tu­ally make a cameo). And while Thandeka thinks that she’s got the prize in the bag, she needs to keep an eye on her lover­boy Bruce, who’s ready to be­come TV’s next big star.

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