The Cast

Find out more about your favourite cast member and the character they play

Conny Setjeo (plays herself)

Soul City introduces a new actress, one whose real life story will be revealed during episodes in 2005 and 2006. It was after watching an episode of Soul City that she decided to go and check her HIV status in 1999. She was horrified to discover that she was HIV+ having been infected by her ex husband who began an affair after only a few months of marriage. On hearing of her status, with no counseling, she resolved to kill herself 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 whose work will be showcased in the series as well as on the Soul City Various Artists CD. She has no previous acting experience but has her own business, Setjeo and Associates, which advises business on HIV strategies. She also talks at high schools and church groups.

Sindi Dlathu (Nomfundo)

Starting young, 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 threatre 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 traveled as far a field 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.

Mahlubi Kraai (Thabo)

Starting out with a National Diploma in Drama from the Pretoria Technikon in 1997, this actor, dancer, singer, percussionist has acquired an impressive list of theatre credits. These include Boesman and Lena, The Island, Three Penny Opera and Urban Reality. Prior to graduating he featured prominently in Sophia Town and several other productions such as Rough-Tough-Time and Noqawuse. In 2003 he appeared in Isidingo.

Showcasing his percussion, dance and choreography skills, he has performed in Sekunjalo, Perpetual Motion, Joseph and the opening of the Lost City. His corporate endeavours include the National Road Safety tour, and a provincial Voter Education and Registration tour.

Bonginkosi Shibe (Sello)

Bonginkosi Shibe is set to make his television debut in Soul City 7.

Completing his early schooling in Diepkloof, his passion for drama surfaced during grade 12 at Leshata High in Orange Farm. To pursue his dreams he attended the Market Theatre Laboratory and took to the stage playing various roles including Donwan Dimaco in The Untitled directed by Mncedisi Shabangu, and Malankane in Spizozo directed by Robert Colman. In another Robert Colman project, Kasielogy, he toured the Grahamstown National Arts Festival with other actors. Bonginkosi also featured as Mteketeke in Inqala Sizinda under the directorship of Coco Merckel, which formed part of the Blue IQ roadshow. He recently returned from Sweden where he took part in a two-week school cultural exchange programme.

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 incorporate theatre and videos as well as educational theatre.

Kedibone Tholo (Refiloe)

Kedi’s passion for music was fine-tuned when she joined Black Image and became their leading vocalist. In 2003 she joined Development Arts at the State Theatre and played the part of the narrator in a stage play called In this Life. She also appeared in Julius Caesar, taking the part of one of the citizens. Her film credits include The Artist where she had a leading role and a short film, Flashes from a Township Life that featured in the Sethengi Festival in 2004.

Rivalani Charles Baloyi (Charles)

Armed with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts from Fuba Academy in 1995, Charles Baloyi soon ditched his sales career with Edgars to put his talents to the test when he presented and produced news and current affairs for Alex FM Community Radio from 1997 to 2000. His first taste of theatre came in 1996 when he took part in We Shall for the Fatherland, at the Grahamstown Arts Festival, which lead to roles in Ways of Dying and Drop of Faith. Avid TV viewers will have seen him on all local channels from the documentary Racial Prejudice, Yizo Yizo 3 and Soul City 5 on SABC to Jozi Streets on E-TV as well as M-Net appearances. In 2004 he performed in Homecoming, an SABC feature film and experienced global exposure in The Trail, an international feature film.

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).

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