Isibaya

Isibaya is 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. Siyabonga Thwala leads the male cast as Mpiyakhe Zungu & Thembi Nyandeni leads the female cast as Mkabayi "MaNcwane" Zungu.[2][3][4]

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
  • Siyabonga Thwala
  • Thembi Nyandeni
  • Celeste Ntuli
  • Gcina Mkhize
  • Bheki Mkhwane
  • Ayanda Borotho
  • Sdumo Mtshali
  • Asavela Mqithi
  • Mampho Brescia
  • Samukele Mkhize
  • Lerato Mvelase
  • Lorraine Mphephi
  • Pallance Dladla
  • Zakhele Mabasa
  • Andile Maxakaza
  • Bongani Gumede
  • Abdul Khoza
  • Mdu Gumede
  • Amina Jack
  • Thulasizwe Khubheka
  • Melusi Mbele
  • Thandeka Qwabe
  • Linda Sebezo
  • Charles Phasha
  • Siyatsheni Mdaki
  • Nkanyiso Mzimela
  • Nhlanhla Mdlalose
  • Enhle Mbali
  • Aubrey Poo
  • Wendy Gumede
  • Zakhele Msibi
  • Zinhle Mabena
  • Chris Q. Radebe
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languageMultilingual (Subtitles included)
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes2,015 (As of 13 January 2021)
Production
Executive producerDesiree Markgraaff
ProducerEva Franzen
Running time30 minutes
Production companyThe Bomb Shelter
DistributorMzansi Magic
Release
Original networkMzansi Magic
Original release18 March 2013

PremiseEdit

In the beginning, the drama revolved around two powerful taxi business families in Bhubesini : the Zungus, lead by Mphiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Thwala), and the Ndlovu family, lead 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 got married to 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
Ayanda Borotho Phumelele Zungu
Mampho Brescia Iris Rasebetse
Pallance Dladla Jabulani Zungu
Bongani Gumede Mandlenkosi Ndlovu
Mdu Gumede Ntandane
Abdul Khoza Qaphela Ngwenya
Zakhele Mabasa S'khaleni Mngomezulu
Zinhle Mabena Sihle Ngubane
Andile Maxakaza Fezile Khumalo
Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa Sizakele Sibiya
Gcina Mkhize Khanyisile Ndlovu
Samukele Mkhize Mabuyi Dlamini
Bheki Mkhwane Samson Ndlovu
Lorraine Mphephi Pamela Mngomezulu
Asavela Mqithi Ntwenhle Ngubane
Sdumo Mtshali S'busiso Ndlovu
Lerato Mvelase Sibongile Zungu
Celeste Ntuli Siphokazi Zungu
Aubrey Poo Fenyang Molefenyane
Linda Sebezo Lillian Xaba

Recurring cast members include :

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

Former Cast MembersEdit

  • Vusi Kunene (Bhekifa)
  • Nomzamo Mbatha (Thandeka)
  • Menzi Ngubane (Judas)
  • Muzi Mthabela (Duma)
  • Andile Gumbi (Zweli)
  • Jessica Nkosi (Qondi)
  • Thuli Thabethe (Beauty)
  • Linda Mtoba (Zama)
  • Sibusisiwe Jili (Zanele)
  • Tumisho Masha (Jackson)
  • Senzo Vilakazi (Mehlomamba)
  • Florence Makgatsi (Lerato)
  • Samson Khumalo (Kgokong)
  • Koketso Mophuthing (Kaone)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ drama, ISIBAYA Archives (2020-04-13). "Isibaya Archives". Channels24. Archived from the original on 2020-06-03. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  2. ^ Isibaya, retrieved 2019-11-13
  3. ^ "Isibaya". Mzansi Magic Official Website – Isibaya. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  4. ^ Magadla, Mahlohonolo (2019-08-27). "Mzansi Magic on Nomzamo Mbatha's future on 'Isibaya': 'She still forms a critical part of the cast'". Channel. Retrieved 2019-11-13.

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