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Sunday, May 12, 2013


(Mbali Ntuli)

In a groundbreaking first for South African television screens, Mzansi Magic will once again bring some of the country’s most popular actors into local living rooms. Screened from May 7 at 21h00, the brand-new Lokshin Soap, Zabalaza is set to become an integral part of viewers’ daily lives.

Zabalaza, which means struggle; striving towards success; and hustling towards a content life, is set in the Dube, in Soweto; the home of Joseph “Jazzman” Cele, the patriarch of the Cele family, his wife Gasta and their children. This typical family next door seems to have it all, but appearances can be deceiving. As the story unfolds, the Cele family secrets start to unravel, promises are broken and it's only a matter of time before the Celes turn against each other for selfish gain.

Included in the stellar cast which is headed by Seputla Sebogodi and Baby Cele is former KZN actress Mbali Ntuli who has appeared in numerous television shows, including Gaz'lam, Yizo Yizo II, Egoli, Zero Tolerance II and The Chat Room.

Production Co-Ordinator on the SABC2 sitcom Home Sweet Home, in 2011, she also appeared in the soapie Rhythm City, the SABC1 drama series Intersexions in 2010 and Fallen in 2011.

Zabalaza is recorded in studio with innovative set design that is a true reflection of the reality of township life. Though the characters face countless hardships and lows, they are proud to be part of the township community and they see their home as a place to empower. Viewers will especially be captivated by the Cele matriarch, Gasta’s rise from a silent wife living in the shadow of her rich husband, to one of the most powerful businesswomen in her community.