Isibaya was a South African daily drama series[1] that started production in 2013, premiering on Mzansi Magic and created by Angus Gibson, Desiree Markgraaff, Teboho Mahlatsi, Catherine Stewart and Benedict Carton. Siyabonga Thwala leads the male cast as Mpiyakhe Zungu and Thembi Nyandeni leads the female cast as Mkabayi "MaNcwane" Zungu.[2][3][4][5]

Isibaya
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The show's title card, shown at the end of the intro of every episode.
GenreDrama
Created by
  • Angus Gibson
  • Desiree Markgraaff
  • Teboho Mahlatsi
  • Catherine Stewart
Written by
  • Adze Ugah
  • Desiree Markgraaf
  • Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom
  • Steven Pillemer
  • Rorisang Matuba
  • Chris Q. Radebe
  • Zolisa Sigwada
  • Christian Bloomkamp
Directed byDesiree Markgraaff
Starring
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languageMultilingual (Subtitles included)
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes2,028 (As of 02 April 2021)
Production
Executive producerDesiree Markgraaff
ProducerEva Franzen
Camera setupMulti-cameras
Running time22 - 24 minutes
Production companyThe Bomb Shelter
DistributorMzansi Magic
Release
Original networkMzansi Magic
Original release18 March 2013 (2013-03-18) –
2 April 2021 (2021-04-02)

PremiseEdit

In the beginning, the drama revolved around two powerful taxi business families in Bhubesini: the Zungus, led by Mpiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Thwala), and the Ndlovu family, led by Samson Ndlovu (Bheki Mkhwane), and their conflicts, rivalries, their daily lives and the issues around them. They are united by the marriage of their two children: Thandeka (Nomzamo Mbatha) and S'busiso (Sdumo Mtshali) of the Zungus and Ndlovus, respectively. In a taxi war another man arrives with his family. Judas Ngwenya (Menzi Ngubane) with his wife Beauty Ngwenya (Thuli Thabethe) and their children Zama Ngwenya (Linda Mtoba) and his son and step son to Beauty he was working for his father and plotting against them Zungus. Judas's son Qaphela Ngwenya (Abdul Khoza). They lived with Beauty's mother Lillian Nyandeni (Linda Sebezo) and his nephew Jerry Nyandeni (Charles Phasha). Lillian later married Saddam Xaba (Siyatsheni Mdaki) who was Judas's right hand man. But Judas was killed by his son Qaphela Ngwenya.

CastEdit

Actor Role
Siyabonga Thwala Mpiyakhe Zungu
Thembi Nyandeni Mkabayi Zungu
Bheki Mkhwane Samson Ndlovu
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa Sizakele Sibiya
Sdumo Mtshali S'busiso Ndlovu
Bongani Gumede Mandlenkosi Ndlovu
Ayanda Borotho Phumelele Dlamini - Zungu
Celeste Ntuli Siphokazi Mthembu - Zungu
Pallance Dladla Jabulani Zungu
Mampho Brescia Iris Rasebetse
Mdu Gumede Ntandane
Abdul Khoza Qaphela Ngwenya
Andile Maxakaza Fezile Khumalo
Zakhele Mabasa S'khaleni Mngomezulu
Gcina Mkhize Khanyisile Majola- Ndlovu
Asavela Mngqithi Ntwenhle Ndlovu - Ngubane
Lerato Mvelase Sibongile Mkhize - Zungu
Aubrey Poo Fenyang Molefenyane
Zinhle Mabena Sihle Ngubane
Samukele Mkhize Mabuyi Dlamini
Linda Sebezo Lillian Nyandeni - Xaba
Lorraine Mphephi Pamela Mngomezulu

Recurring cast members include

• Dumisani Dlamini - Mbodla

  • Hamilton Dlamini - Andile Sibiya
  • Wendy Gumede - Nolwandle
  • Amina Jack - Thokozani Zungu
  • Thulasizwe Khubheka - Mduduzi
  • Melusi Mbele - Bhekumuzi
  • Londeka Mchunu - Londiwe Ngubane
  • Siyatsheni Mdakhi - Saddam Xaba
  • Nhlanhla Mdlalose - Bongani
  • Zakhele Msibi - Sunday Nkabinde
  • Thulani Mtsweni - Mpihlangene Zungu
  • Nkanyiso Mzimela - Melusi Zungu
  • Sihle Ndaba - Cebisile Mkhize
  • Enerst Ndlovu - Ngwebedla
  • Sibonelo Ngubane - Mbovu
  • Charles Phasha - Jerry
  • Chris Q. Radebe - Dabula Ngubane
  • Thandeka Qwabe - Thandiwe
  • Tisetso Thoka - Mickey Sibiya

Former Cast MembersEdit

  • Vusi Kunene as Bhekifa Shezi
  • Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka Zungu - Ndlovu
  • Menzi Ngubane as Judas Ngwenya
  • Muzi Mthabela as Duma Ngema
  • Tamara Jozi as Mazondi
  • Andile Gumbi as Zweli Shezi
  • Jessica Nkosi as Qondisile Buthelezi
  • Thuli Thabethe as Beauty Nyandeni - Ngwenya
  • Linda Mtoba as Zama Nyandeni
  • Sibusisiwe Jili as Zanele
  • Tumisho Masha as Jackson
  • Senzo Vilakazi as Mehlomamba
  • Florence Makgatsi as Lerato
  • Samson Khumalo as Kgokong
  • Koketso Mophuthing as Kaone
  • Kamogelo Mampe as Nurse Ditsele

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ drama, ISIBAYA Archives (13 April 2020). "Isibaya Archives". Channels24. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  2. ^ Isibaya, retrieved 13 November 2019
  3. ^ Gritty Soap Isibaya https://www.screenafrica.com/2014/05/02/tv-radio/gritty-soap-set-against-the-backdrop-of-taxi-industry-mesmerises-viewers/}
  4. ^ "Isibaya". Mzansi Magic Official Website – Isibaya. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  5. ^ Magadla, Mahlohonolo (27 August 2019). "Mzansi Magic on Nomzamo Mbatha's future on 'Isibaya': 'She still forms a critical part of the cast'". Channel. Retrieved 13 November 2019.

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