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New Mzansi Magic te­len­ov­ela Isithembiso tells a love story that be­gins in the heart of the big city.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - ISITHEMBISO -

Isithembiso Mon-Thu (from Mon­day 3 April) Mzansi Magic (*161) 21:00

Prom­ises are meant to be bro­ken in Mzansi Magic’s new te­len­ov­ela Isithembiso (2017- cur­rent), the isiZulu word mean­ing “prom­ise”. The show is set in the fast-paced city of gold – Joburg – and fol­lows the life of ru­ral young­sters Simi and Za­mani (played by first-time ac­tors Nandi Mbatha and Za­mani Mbatha, they’re not re­lated) who be­gin their suc­cess story to­gether. They are ea­ger to turn their dreams into a re­al­ity but their love story quickly takes a turn when ma­nip­u­la­tive bad-guy Banzi (Hamil­ton Dlamini) goes back on his word to change their lives for the bet­ter. In­stead, he leaves them far worse than they started and in a tail­spin. The ac­tors are ex­cited to be part of the show and Nandi says that “it’s an emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. We have put our­selves in our char­ac­ters’ shoes to get in touch with their personalities and it’s amaz­ing to see the end prod­uct on the screen.”

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Kero (Me­shack Mavuso, Lungile on Rhythm City, 2007- cur­rent) is Banzi’s friendly brother. He’s noth­ing like his crim­i­nal brother and he’s re­spected for his good deeds around Soweto. Clau­dia (Chichi Letswalo, Zandi on Gen­er­a­tions, 1994-2014) is Banzi’s needy wife who de­pends on him for ev­ery­thing. She re­grets dump­ing Kero and fall­ing for ar­ro­gant, pushy Banzi. Banzi (Hamil­ton, Mn­qobi on Umlilo, 2015) is a dodgy and de­vi­ous gang­ster who is pow­er­hun­gry and loves to be in con­trol. He runs the streets of Joburg and takes advantage of gullible young peo­ple who try to make it in the city of gold, like Simi. Za­mani is street-smart en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent who’s learnt his ways to get around Joburg. He’s from a small vil­lage in Lim­popo and “noth­ing can stop Za­mani when he puts his mind to some­thing,” ex­plains the actor. “He is fear­less and is will­ing to do any­thing to get what he wants”. Simi is a naïve girl from ru­ral KwaZu­luNatal who ar­rives in the big city to get a good job. She’s on a mis­sion to find her mom and “the prom­ise she made to her grand­mother keeps her go­ing. Simi will do what­ever it takes to keep her word,” says Nandi.

The faces of Isithembiso (from left): Kero, Clau­dia, Banzi, Za­mani and Simi.

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