What’s the score?

New SABC te­len­ov­ela Keep­ing Score is blow­ing the whis­tle on the darker side of the sports in­dus­try.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - KEEPING SCORE -

Mmamosa is on a re­venge mis­sion and she’s got her boxer ex in her sights. Mon­days & Tues­days SABC2 (*192) 21:30

Noth­ing’s off lim­its from Mon­day 17 Oc­to­ber in new box­ing-themed te­len­ov­ela Keep­ing Score (2016). Ex­pect ac­tion, adren­a­line, pas­sion, rage, de­ceit, re­venge and drama in the show’s 156 half-hour episodes, hints scriptwriter Thandi Brewer. She adds that “we’re aim­ing to make it the au­di­ence’s weekly fix by of­fer­ing spell­bind­ing char­ac­ters”. Keep­ing Score, which airs Mon­days and Tues­days, is look­ing into the tainted sports in­dus­try and how a fam­ily is af­fected by drama, both in and out the box­ing ring.

Thandi re­veals that her te­len­ov­ela was orig­i­nally pitched to the SABC in 2014 but it wasn’t un­til this year that the broad­caster ac­cepted the show for pro­duc­tion. As­so­ciate pro­ducer Thu­lani Ngcwabe says that “Keep­ing Score looks very dif­fer­ent from what is on TV. It is Thandi’s concept that she de­vel­oped for years and ap­proached the SABC about in­tro­duc­ing younger gen­er­a­tions to sport and to rein­tro­duce sport­ing codes that we re­mem­ber only at the Olympics. The ac­tors and crew are en­thu­si­as­tic!” So who are the “ridicu­lously hot young leads” that Thandi’s ex­cited about?

THE CONTENDERS

Mmamosa (So­nia Mbele) fell for boxer Jus­tice (Saint Se­seli), who left her as a preg­nant teen. She now has sons Tladi and Le­hasa (Solomon Se­bothma and Siyabonga Se­po­tokele) and she wants re­venge on Jus­tice. Jus­tice is back home to open the All African Sports Academy. He has two girls, Ashanti and Botho (Shal­ima Mkongo and Moliehli Makobane). Tladi is fiercely pro­tec­tive of his fam­ily and is a boxer, de­spite his dis­like for con­flict. He doesn’t know who his bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther is – yet! Le­hasa is study­ing to be a lawyer but he’s still strug­gling and learn­ing how to stay calm and keep lev­el­headed. He’s go­ing to be part of his mom’s plans to ruin Jus­tice Ashanti is a spoilt-brat wild- child who’s the spit­ting im­age of her late mom Anna. Jus­tice favours Ashanti be­cause she has a feisty per­son­al­ity, just like him. Botho is ev­ery­thing that Jus­tice dis­ap­proves of: non-sporty, book­ish, in­se­cure and awk­ward.

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