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Leleti Khumalo (Grace)
Leleti Khumalo rose to fame in 1995 after playing the title role in Mbongeni Ngema’s musical, SARAFINA for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for the tile role and received an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and later starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg in SARAFINA the movie. In 1998 she was featured in the movie Cry the Beloved Country and the TV series African Skies. Recently, Leleti starred in the critically acclaimed John Kani stage production, Nothing but the Truth and appeared in Daryl Roodt’s film Yesterday and Hotel Rwanda directed by Terry George. Her most recent film feature is in Invictus, directed by Clint Eastwood, playing opposite Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
Fana Mokoena (Philani)
Fana Mokoena starred in Hotel Rwanda, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Dangerous Grounds - Jump The Gun, and Inside. He is well known on SABC TV for his roles in Rhythm City, Soul City, Hopeville and Isidingo. He won the Best Actor Award in 2010 for his work on The Lab and he has worked in TV favourites Generations, Yizo Yizo and The Line. He worked with director Gavin Hood on 52 Regent Street and he has appeared in numerous theatre productions.
Dumisane Mbebe (Malusi)
Dumisane Mbebe was born and raised in Transkei, Nqamakwe. His interest in film was sparked by western movies. This interest was boosted by his discovery of the existence of tertiary institutions that offered drama in their curricula. Upon his completion of primary and high school at Lukhanyiso JSS and Ngcongolo SSS, respectively, he enrolled for B.A (English and Psychology) at Vista University, Port Elizabeth campus, and graduated in 1996. The following year, 1997, he enrolled at the University of Cape Town for Performers Diploma in Theatre, graduating in 1999. The filmmaking industry saw him move to Scotland in the year 2000 to enroll for Masters of Drama in Acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama graduating the following year. Need to say something about what he has been in.
Raesibe Florence Masebe (Sis Noni)
Raesibe Florence Masebe was born and raised in Tshakuma, Limpopo. She was trained as an actress at the University of Cape Town's drama school and has worked in television, radio and film for over 17 years. She hosted a variety of shows on SABC TV with early highlights including the youth entertainment programme, Electric Workshop on SABC 1 and later joined Generations. In 1999 she joined Freek Robinson as a co-anchor on the current affairs programme Fokus. In 2003 she was on Muvhango before and then moving to 7nde Laan on SABC 2. In 2010 she starred in a health drama on Botswana Television called, Morwalela and started working with director Ntshavheni wa Luruli on his Tshivenda film Elelwani. She was on the first season of Strictly Come Dancing alongside Kagiso Ntseane and hosted two seasons of SABC Education’s It's for Life on SABC2.
Harriet Manamela (Thandeka)
Harriet Manamela joined Squint Artists Community Theatre Group in Alexandra and where she performed in The Virus and Lets Talk about Aids at The Market Theatre Laboratory Annual Festival. With The Market Theatre Laboratory drama school she performed in Broken Dreams and appeared in Theatre Sports for SABC 3. Her television career started in 1998 when she was cast in Soul City, Isidingo and Yizo Yizo II. Films include Hotel Rwanda, Catch a Fire and Yesterday.
Samkelo Ndlovu (Nkosazana)
Samkelo ‘Samu’ Ndlovu was born in 1989. She studied a BA Motion Picture at AFDA in film and television directing and harnessed her talents in acting, presenting, voice over’s and singing. In 2006 she starred in stage production of Sarafina (the re-make) and television productions Zone 14 and Intersexions. She has presented on The Stage Show and starred in motion pictures Taka Taka and Skyf the Movie.
Robert Mpisi (Sam)
Robert Mpisi, born Klerksdorp in the North West is no stranger to the acting industry. He landed his first acting job in a drama series called TSHA TSHA for SABC 1 when he was just 17 years old. After matric he decided to study further and enrolled with Adolsen Speech and Drama Academy and The Actors Center in Braamfontein where he studied acting and script writing. He has since landed roles in productions such as City Sesla, Good Friday Special at Constitution Hill, Take Charge, Home Affairs and a feature film by a Swedish production company. Robert is fluent in 6 languages namely English, Xhosa, Tswana, Sotho, Afrikaans and Zulu and is also working as a voice over artist.
Siyanda Sesimani (Mandla)
Siyanda Sesimani was born in Livingstone Hospital, Port Elizabeth on the 14th March 1989 and was raised in Kwazakhele Township. In 2003 he moved to Johannesburg and decided to audition for television roles under the direction of his agent Kimberleigh Stark. This is Siyanda’s first big debut role in a television production. In 2009, he attended Xhosa initiation school where he was traditionally circumcised. Siyanda strongly relates to the character and storyline and is thrilled to be a part of the series as it mirrors his experience of traditional initiation and circumcision.