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Tuesday, July 28, 2015


(Leleti Khumalo)

Uzalo is a telenovela broadcast on SABC1 in South Africa. It stars Leleti Khumalo, Bheki Mkhwane and Mpumelelo Bhulose.

A mere five months after it was introduced to South African audiences, Uzalo enjoyed a major triumph at the annual Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Awards, with various members of the cast receiving awards for their work on the production.

The awards ceremony, now in its third year, is an initiative of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, and celebrates South African TV and film and production talent, with a special focus on players from Kwa Zulu Natal.

Uzalo, which is shot entirely in KZN, harnessed the skills of established and upcoming talent to create what has become one of South Africa’s most watched TV shows. The combination of intriguing storylines and exceptional acting has delivered audience figures that are a direct testimony of the show’s popularity amongst viewers.

Five members of the Uzalo cast received trophies at the event, namely: Don Mlangeni (Lifetime Achievement Award); Mpumelelo Bhulose (Best Actor); Sihle Ndaba (Best Supporting Actress); Kay Sibiya (Best Newcomer) and Khaya Dladla (Best Supporting Actor).

“We’re thrilled that our cast has been recognised this way,” enthused Mmamitse Thibedi, Uzalo’s series producer. “This shows that the calculated risks we took were the right decisions to make. The Uzalo cast are some of the most hardworking actors I’ve ever worked with. They came in to rehearse when we were still in pre-production, and that dedication shines through – they created a chemistry that’s so powerful onscreen. We’re incredibly proud of them.”