Uzalo’s youthquake

We’ve got the scoop ’til March right from the horse’s mouth.

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Uzalo fans usu­ally take a deep breath and hold tight in the first week of Fe­bru­ary when the soapie en­ters its new sea­son. “We nor­mally start off with a mass shoot­ing,” says co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mmamitse Thibedi. “But we’re not do­ing that this sea­son. We are start­ing off with an in­ci­dent, some­thing hec­tic lead­ing us into sea­son 5.” With Club Ge­n­e­sis in flames on Fri­day 1 Fe­bru­ary and Qha­banga (Siyabonga Shibe) trapped in a burn­ing shack, Uzalo isn’t jok­ing! We’ll also see Fik­ile (Nelisa Mchunu), Sbu (Sim­phiwe Ma­jozi) and GC (Khaya Dladla) lose their homes that day…


The new in­stal­ment will be far more youth fo­cussed than be­fore. “We have new char­ac­ters that we are ex­cited about. We are deal­ing with chil­dren that we have brought in. This sea­son we want to make the older gen­er­a­tion like the Nkun­zis (Ma­soja Msiza) and the MaNg­co­bos (Dawn Than­deka King) ac­count for all the mess that they have done,” says Mmamitse. “These kids go into a ma­chine that moulds them into crim­i­nals. They come from some­where. There is a new breed of chil­dren who have noth­ing to lose. They’re com­ing af­ter what the old gang­sters have ac­quired. They are moulded by what these guys have done.”


“Ev­ery now and then we need to re-tell that story of blood from the be­gin­ning with a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter,” ex­plains the co-exec pro­ducer. And in 2019, Uzalo will be dig­ging into Nkunzi’s blood­line – as many fans have al­ready spec­u­lated will hap­pen. “We have so­lid­i­fied that MaMlambo, MaNg­cobo, Nkunzi dy­namic but we are go­ing to bring a bit of a sur­prise be­cause we are bring­ing a grown-up son into the pic­ture who comes from out­side. That’s go­ing to be very spicy. This in Nkunzi and Gabisile’s (Baby Cele) son,” hints Mmamitse. While Mx­olisi (Nay Map Mapha­lala) is out, view­ers will see more of his naughty love Lilly (Nox­olo Mathula) – there’s far more to her than be­ing just Miss Girl­friend…


Fi­nally, how many big per­son­al­i­ties can you cram into one small room? GC, Sbu and Fik­ile will have to fig­ure it out when they be­come room­mates in Fe­bru­ary. “They can’t af­ford to pay rent, so they ask GC to move in with them. And of course he is go­ing to say yes be­cause it’s a re­ally lovely place and he doesn’t want to live in back­rooms any­more,” reveals Nelisa. “It’s go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing when they are room­mates.”

Nkunzi and MaNg­cobo will get an in­ter­est­ing guest in the new sea­son.

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