1Magic’s brand new telenovela, The River, debuted on Monday, 29 January 2018!
The River tells the story of a mining magnate, Lindiwe (Sindi Dlathu) whose mine is seemingly out of minerals to mine. Facing financial ruin, she has to do unspeakable things in order to keep the façade that the mine is doing well. Needless to say, most of her family members are unaware about the crisis and she only has her nephew, Zolani, (a stern, almost too serious Lawrence Maleka) as her confidante. He knows the real Lindiwe and the lengths she will go to protect her wealth, lengths that saw her murder two people in cold blood in the first episode.
The telenovela is created by Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures and co-produced by Connie and Shona Ferguson of Ferguson Films and directed by Johnny Barbuzano,
The River airs every weekdays @ 8PM on 1Magic (DStv 103).
Check below to meet the entire cast right now!
Sindi Dlathu who left SABC2’s Venda-soap Muvhango for this new top billing role, will now appear as Lindiwe, the ruthless matriarch of a mining family.
It will be a stunning role-reversal character portrayal for Sindi, beloved by millions of South African viewers for her Thandaza Mokoena character in Muvhango, with viewers who are going to be shocked and bowled over by her cunning, vicious and “love to hate her” new evil on-screen persona.
When the stiletto’ed Lindiwe, living in an upper-crust mansion on the one side of a river, discovers that a township community on the other side is unaware that they’re sitting on a valuable diamond treasure, she is adamant to secure the land and riches and will let nothing stand in her way.
Desperate to unearth the diamonds, she is as quick to put bodies into the ground when people stand in her way.
Hlomla Dandala who was in Isidingo and headlined M-Net’s very first “Africa drama” Jacob’s Cross a decade ago in 2007, returns to M-Net as Zweli, the husband of Lindiwe.
Newcomer Larona Moagi plays Itumeleng, a young character from the township, described as a “feisty rebel who refused to be silenced and roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed and excess” and who wants to put an end to Lindiwe’s “ruthless gluttony” at the expense of the local mining community.
The veteran actor Don Mlangeni plays Thato, Itumeleng’s dad.
With veteran actress Moshidi Motshegwa appearing as her mom, Malefu, a “pillar of strength in the family and township community”.
Lawrence Maleka will appear in the role of Zolani, the adopted son of Lindiwe who “bites into forbidden fruit” and is the eyewitness to a terrible tragedy.
(Photos supplied: Mzansi Magic)