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Muvhango is a popular South African television soap opera, created Duma Ndlovu, it has 5.5 million viewers.[1] The first episode was aired on 7 April 1997. It was the first Tshivenda language TV drama,[2] but later became multilingual in order to showcase that languages and cultures of South Africa should be used to unite all South African people rather than dividing them . The creator of Muvhango is Zulu by birth, but can speak and is fluent in all South African languages. [3]

The show is built on a premise that umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu meaning that we exist within a context. The show has strong family orientated storylines that seeks to speak to the conflict between the traditional and the modern ways. The Vhakwevho's are the custodians of the traditional side of things while the Johannesburg lot focuses on the modern ways.

In 2006 the series was nominated for the South African Film and Television Award for best soap opera.[4]


Muvhango is produced by Word of Mouth Productions and has been executive produced by Duma Ndlovu since its inception. The original script was written by Ndlovu.

The current Head Writer of the show is Chisanga Kabinga who took over the reigns in 2018 from Carol Shore, who had been Head of Department: Scripts since 2004.

Kaizer Netshitangane and Dr Thambo Rabothata serve as the cultural advisers of the show.

Executive Producer

Duma Ndlovu

Associate Producer

Nolo Phiri

Line Producer

Leo Phiri

Series Producer

Naledi Manaka

Creative Director

Nomonde Ngema


Jedi Mulovhedzi

Sipho Nhlaka Myeni

Sibongiseni Zondi

Nonkululeko Mdluli

Tamie Madlakana


  • Raphael Griffiths – Vusi Mukwevho
  • Liteboho Molise – Teboho Mukwevho
  • Innocentia Makapila – Rendani Mukwevho
  • Nat Ramabulana - Tenda
  • Former Cast Members[edit]

    - Sphamandla Buthelezi

    - Humbulani Mukwevho

    - Dr. Leabua

    - Refilwe Mokoena

    - Vho-Makhadzi Mukwevho

    - Mme Mampho Mokoena

    Soapie Writers[edit]

    Chisanga Kabinga serves as the Head Writer of Muvhango. She is assisted by the Story Editor - Tsholofelo Ndlovu who overseas a storylining team of the show, consisting of Marina Bekker, Kagiso Mogale and Tsale Makam. Nontuthuzelo Magoxo is the show's Script Editor in charge of the writing department consisting of Pamela Power, Amor Tredoux, Johann Vermeulen, Sarah Smith, Awelani Makhuvha, Jacques Du Rand. The script co-ordinator is Nonkululeko Mdluli and the Scripts Assistant is Xolani Xaba.

    Notable former writers who contributed to the success of the show are: Carol Shore, Kate Bruce, Duduzile Mabaso, Linda Bere, Bongi Ndaba, Gwydion Beynon, Phathutshedzo Makwarela, Julie Hall, Tumi Morake, Siphosethu Xolisa Tshapu, Kelton Sinyosi, Lynn Neo Kekana, Moshoeshoe Chabeli, Zelipha Zulu Rodgers, Pfarelo Nemakonde, Chinaka Iwunze, Sasa Nqabeni (credited on 1 episode), Bonga Percy Vilakazi (credited on 3 episodes).


    1. ^ "'The Wild' nominated for seven awards". Daily Dispatch. 17 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012.
    2. ^ Perkins, Kathy A. (1999). Black South African Women: An Anthology of Plays. Juta and Company. p. 142. ISBN 9781919713151.
    3. ^ "SABC still favours rich, urban viewers". The Times (South Africa). 19 September 2004.
    4. ^ "Inaugural SAFTA nominees announced". 4 October 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2012.