The Cast

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Cast

  • Sibulele Gcilitshana: Zandi
  • Lillian Dube: Bettina
  • Charmaine Kweyama: Zukiswa
  • David Dennis: Sol
  • Conny Setjeo: Conny
  • Innocent Modiba: Tshepo
  • Cindi Dlatu: Nomfundo
  • Nakedi Ribane: Ms Kwena
  • Mandla: Rantsatsi Rantsatsi
  • Mfana Jones Hlophe: Jabu
  • Nomava Kibare: Lihle
  • Zandile Msutwana: Sister Sonto
  • Xolile Tshabalala: Sister Zama
  • Meshack Chebeletsane: Father Tim
  • Kanyiso Crowder: Naledi
  • Tefo: James Ngcobo

Mfana “Jones” Hlophe (Jabu)

Mfana “Jones” Hlophe studied in Durban and matriculated in 1987. With his skills in music he joined Mbongeni Ngema School of Art (Committed Artists) and was chosen to join the second company of Sarafina in 1989 touring Europe. In 1992 he decided to upgrade his career and went on to Gibson Kente’s School of Art where he started writing his scripts under Kente’s guidance. In 1993 he got a role in Kente’s “Mfowethu” and performed in Bloemfontein (PACOFS). In 1994 he joined the African Research and Puppetry Programmes (AREPP) and learned to be a puppeteer for almost a year.

In 1995 he composed music and played a lead role in a European company called Eurostage and with the cast of “Isikulu” toured European countries. In 1997 Mfana was chosen to play a lead role in “Ipi Ntombi”. He has been in productions at the Market Theatre such as Five Guys Named Mo, Woza Albert, The Necklace, Bergville Stories and choreographed “Unsung Heroes” by Doris Sihule. He directed an AIDS show called “Waiting” that targeted tertiary schools in Gauteng. In his free time he teaches African Dance at Moyo Studios and creates new songs and dances with artists who have upcoming gigs. On television he has featured in Stokvel, Emzini Wezinsizwa, Mama’s Love and Khululeka.

Conny Setjeo (plays herself)

Soul City introduced a new actress; one whose real life story is revealed during episodes in 2005 and 2006. It was after watching an episode of Soul City in 1999 that Conny decided to go and check her HIV status. She was horrified to discover that she was HIV+; having been infected by her ex husband who began an affair after a few months of marriage.

On hearing of her status, with no counseling, she resolved to kill herself immediately, but changed her mind and spent three months planning for her death. After this did not transpire she began to pick up the pieces of her life. She watched the last Soul City series and called to ask why actresses were being used instead of real people like herself who are HIV+ and on ARVs who deeply understand the issues. Well now she is starring in the series!

Conny is a talented poet.

She has no previous acting experience but has her own business, Setjeo and Associates, which advises businesses on HIV strategies. She also talks at high schools and church groups.

James Ngcobo (Tifo)

James trained with Kwa-Zulu Natal's Loft Theatre Company appearing in such productions as La Ronde, Mujaji, Horn of Sorrow and Jesus Christ Superstar. Subsequently, he worked with Theatre for Africa in various productions including Gone by the Wind and Kwamanzi.

James has appeared at London’s Young Vic in The Revolution, toured the United States in The Horn of Sorrow, toured Britain in The Cherry Orchard and performed in SizwaBanzi is Dead at Britain’s Festival Hall.

James moved to Johannesburg where he proved his versatility by playing characters as diverse as Jacob in La Cage aux Folles (for which he won the award for best actor in comedy) and Estragon in Waiting for Godot. Recent theatre productions include Glass Roots at the Baxter Theatre, The Pen and Green Man Flashing both at the Market Theatre and A Whole in One at the Liberty Theatre on the Square. His television experience includes a vast variety of roles in productions ranging from comedy to high drama. These include roles in the sitcom Schoop Schoombie, the controversial Yizo Yizo, the hilarious Stokvel (three seasons), and Jozi Streets. He has most recently been seen as editor Joe Dlamini in the hard hitting series Hard Copy set in the offices of a newspaper.

Feature films include the Kim Bassinger film I Dreamed of Africa and the Leon Schuster comedy Mr Bones. James has also starred in Man to Man and Red Dust.

Sindi Dlathu (Nomfundo)

Sindi Dlathu’s win at a national miming competition at age 11, was a sign of things to come.

At 14 she was cast as the lead role’s understudy in the stage version of Sarafina, playing to packed houses. In the screen version, she worked alongside Whoopi Goldberg and was commissioned as an assistant choreographer to Michael Peters, the man responsible for many of Michael Jackson’s dance routines. She has sung backing vocals for Billy Ocean and Randy Crawford.

Performing with Mary Twala, Abigail Kubheka, and Nomhle Nkonyeni in Duma Ka Ndlovu’s award winning stage play The Game, she went to London with his production of The Ritual.

Sindi’s more recent theatre productions include “Madiepetsana” and a FNB Vita Award in 2003 for Best Actress in the “The Suit” locally performed at the Civic Theatre with an international run at an Amsterdam festival.

Her television credits include Muvhango, Khululeka, Justice for All and she has been a member of the Soul City cast since series 3.

Charmaine Kweyama (Zukiswa)

This Avanti Award winning actress (best actress, Yizo Yizo 1) has a long list of television credits and recently made her feature film debut in the internationally acclaimed, Yesterday. Her TV credits include a variety of roles: Bongi in Generations from 1993 to 1995; Sylvia in The Missing Link; Nono in Tsha Tsha and Selena in Molo Fish.

Her work in the theatre has taken her to all corners of the country, where she has performed in "Zwelonke" at Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre; in "Drums and Dreams" at the Ashoka in Durban; in "Nkosi the Healing Song" at the State Theatre in Pretoria; in "Why" at the Windybrow, and Umoja at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg.

She has travelled as far afield as Botswana where she played in Maitisong. A multi-lingual performer, Charmaine also sings and plays the marimba, optimising these talents to achieve second place, with Phambili Marimba Band, in the Shell Road to Fame Gala Finals.

Sibulele Gcilitshana (Zandi)

Armed with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre from the Pretoria Technikon in 2002, Sibulele Gcilitshana is set for a dazzling career. Combining all the talents of acting, dancing and singing, she was nominated for an FNB Vita Award for Best New Actress.

Sibu has graced the stage in numerous performances including The Stadium, Blow the Whistle, the Bells of Amesfoort and Songs and Tales. She also has experience in corporate theatre and videos as well as educational theatre.

David Dennis (Sol)

David Dennis is one of the most distinguished South African actors having appeared in well over seventy theatre productions in all the major theatres in the country rounding his 22 year career with comedy, drama, theatre-radio as well as television. A highly celebrated actor, David’s honours include a Vita “best actor in leading role” Award for Frank in the physical comedy Frank ‘n Stein and a Gallo Award for his performance as Riff Raff in the first SA production of The Rocky Horror Show. Later he received a Vita for his role as Frank ‘n Furter in the 1988 production.

David is well known for the classics, especially Shakespeare and has appeared as the king in King Lear. Best known for his portrayal of Sol in Soul City, other television appearances include Karim Davids (Isidingo), Judge Frederick Davitz (Justice For All) and advertising executive David Botha (It Rained Last Night).

Lillian Dube (Sr Bettina)

Lillian Dube is one of the most outstanding and distinguished actresses in the country. She’s been in the entertainment industry for 20 years and has appeared in television, films and theatre.

She has been honoured with awards like Astera Award for best actress in drama as well as Life time Achiever Award which she received in 2004. Lillian has appeared in Curl Up and Dye which toured Scotland and Germany. She has also appeared in films like Cry the beloved country, African skies. She is best known for her portrayal of Sr Bettina in Soul City, other television appearances include Generations, Soul Buddyz and Mponeng to mention a few.

Xolile Tshabalala (Sr Zama)

Xolile was born in 1977, Vrede in the Free state. In her matric year she played alongside her mentor Thembi Mtshali in “The Crucible”, at the Market Theatre. Her love for acting having being ignited she enrolled at the National School of the Arts and graduated with the honour of best overall performer. She has worked on various television productions including “Justice for All”, “Scoop Schoombie”, “Isidingo”, “Secret in my Bosom”, Generations to name a few.

She has worked on various industrial theatre productions like Another Child. She has been honoured with awards e.g. 2003 Duku Duku Viewers Choice award, 2004 People Magazine Crystal Award for best soap actress to name a few. She took sometime off from acting in 2005 to attend the New York Film School as she would like to produce and direct films.

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