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GenreSoap opera
Created byDuma Ndlovu
Written by
  • Loyiso Maqoma
  • Pamela Power
  • Nontuthuzelo Magoxo
  • Tsholofelo Ndlovu
  • Awelani Makhuvha
  • Sarah Smith
  • Amor Tredoux
  • Jacques Du Rand
  • Marina Bekker
  • Vusi Khoza
Directed byJedi Mulovhedzi
Sipho Nhlaka Myeni
Sibongiseni Zondi
Tamie Madlakana
Raai Mokoena
Creative directorNthabi Tau
Original languages
Executive producerDuma Ndlovu
ProducersHerbert Hadebe
Leo Phiri
Malebo Mokoena
Running time24 - 26 minutes
Production companyWord of Mouth Pictures(current production company) Rhythm World Productions(sold to Word of Mouth)
Original release
Release7 April 1997 (1997-04-07) –
Imbewu: The Seed

Muvhango is a South African television soap opera, created by Duma Ndlovu. It is broadcast on the public TV channel SABC 2, and has an average of 4 million daily 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 rather than divide. The creator of Muvhango is Zulu by ancestry, but can speak Tshivenda 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]

Current Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Role Status
Dingaan Khumalo James Motsamai Leading Role
Gabriel Temudzani Chief Azwindini Mukhwevo Leading Role
Seneo Mabengo Khumo Motsamai Leading Role
Maumela Mahuwa Susan Mukwevho Leading Role
David Sebe Vho-Gizara Mukwevho Leading Role
Regina Nasengani Vho-Masindi Mukwevho Leading Role
Fanele Cebekhulu Gugu Nkosi - Zikalala Leading Role
Nat Ramabulana Tendamudzimu "Tenda" Mudau Leading Role
Inocentia MaNchidi Rendani Mukwevho Leading Role
Eunice Mabeta Vho-Makhadzi Mukwevho Leading Role
Bohang Moeko Paballo Supporting Role
Kagiso Latane Lefatse Supporting Role
Azwimbavhi Rambuda Mpho Mudau Supporting Role
Humburani Tsharani Mulimisi Supporting Role
Kingsley Ramabulana Vhangani Supporting Role
Connie Sibiya Ma-Hangwani Mukwevho Supporting Role
Tebatso Mashishi Kgosi Mulaudzi Supporting Role
Wavhudi Lidzengu Vutshilo Mukwevho Supporting Role
Candy Magidimisa Shaz Supporting Role
Yolanda Bhuthelezi Zama Supporting Role

Former Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Role Status
Sindi Dlathu Thandaza Mokoena Leading Role
Brian Temba Ranthomeng Mokoena Leading Role
Themba Nofemele Leading Role
Fezile Makhanya Muzi Cele Supporting Role
Phindile Gwala Nompilo Nkosi Supporting Role
Raphael Griffiths Vusi Nkosi Leading Role
Buhle Sammuels Matshidiso Mulaudzi Leading Role
Vatiswa Ndara Modiehi Motsamai Supporting Role
Senzo Radebe Sthembiso Radebe Supporting Role
Melusi Yeni Phenyo Supporting Role
Zonke Mnchunu Imani Motsamai Leading Role
Nay Maps Tshireletso Supporting Role
Liteboho Molise Tebogo Mukhwevo Leading Role


The show is primarily set in Johannesburg and Venda. In Johannesburg, Thandaza Mokoena (Sindi Dlathu), James Motsamai (Dingaan Khumalo), Khakhathi Mulaudzi, Gugu Nkosi-Zikalala, Imani Nkosi, Hangwani Mukhwevho, Rendani Mukhwevho, their families and their colleagues deal with nepotism, drama and violence in the corporate world. In Venda, the Mukhwevho family leads the people of Thathe while there are cracks in their family. Thandaza left her business over to James the Qalabosha constructions


Actor Role
Dingaan Khumalo James Motsamai
Gabriel Temudzani Chief Azwindini Mukhwevo
Sharon Sono Marang Phala-Motsamai
Maumela Mahuwa Susan Mukwevho
Zonke Mchunu Imani Mokoena-Motsamai
David Sebe Vho-Gizara
Azwimbavhi Rambuda Mpho Mudau
Humburani Tsharani Mulimisi
Regina Nasengani Vho-Masindi
Kingsley Ramabulana Vhangani
Fanele Cebekhulu Gugu Nkosi - Zikalala
Nat Ramabulana Tendamudzimu
Inocentia MaNchidi Rendani Mukwevho
Connie Sibiya Hangwani
Tebatso Mashishi Kgosi
Wavhudi Lidzengu Vutshilo Mukwevho
Angela Atlang Itseng
Candy Magidimisa Shaz
Eunice Mabeta Vho-Makhadzi
Yolanda Bhuthelezi Zama
Former Actors Roles
Sindi Dlathu Thandaza Mokoena
Brian Temba Ranthomeng Mokoena
Fezile Makhanya Muzi Cele
Phindile Gwala Nonny Nkosi
Raphael Griffith Vusi Nkosi
Buhle Sammuels Matshidiso Mulaudzi
Vatiswa Ndara Modiehi Motsamai
Senzo Radebe Sthembiso Radebe
Melusi Yeni Phenyo
Nay Maps Tshireletso
Liteboho Molise Tebogo Mukhwevo

The Mukwevho Family, MMC and Qalabosha Constructions[edit]

The Mukwevho family is one of the highest royal families in Venda. Azwindini was the chief and had 4 wives (Susan, Pfuluwani, Vele and Mpho). Vho-Masindi is the Queen Mother and the Chief's mother. Vho-Makhadzi is the matriarch of the family by blood and Vho-Gizara is the younger brother of Vho-Makhadzi and is Azwindini's Royal Advisor. Vho-Makhadzi, Vho-Gizara, Vho-Borosi and Vho-Phusuphusu are siblings and their brothers Vho-Albert, Vho-Mushasha and Vho-Mashudu (Azwindini's father) all died.

Vho-Hangwani is Albert's widow and Rendani is her daughter. Hangwani and Rendani both reside in Johannesburg but go to Venda for family gatherings. Hangwani owns coffee shop Dukathole and Rendani works at the family business, MMC. Vho-Mukondeleli is Vho-Mushasha's widow and Mulalo is her grandson. Mulalo has been fighting for the throne for a long time and was even bewitched to show that he isn't entitled to the throne. In a surprising turn of events, Mulalo became the chief of Thathe.

Thandaza was the first woman from the Vha-Kwevho family to ever get a corporate job whereas Senior Royal Wife Susan chose to become a nurse in Venda. Teboho Mukwevho became the owner of a well known local restaurant but she decided to sell it. Thandaza, Susan and Teboho are the only women from the Mukwevho family who are independent and have steady jobs.


Mukwevho Mulaudzi Constructions (formerly known as Mukwevho Mojalefa Constructions) is the Mukwevho family business. Azwindini's father and his brother Albert used to travel a lot and they started a construction company in Joburg for their families in Venda. The CEO was previously Thandaza Mokoena, who was Edward Mukwevho's widow until she started her own rival business, Basadi Constructions (now called Qalabosha).

The current CEO is Gugu Nkosi-Zikalala with KK Mulaudzi as the company's majority shareholder and Tenda Mudau as the Chairperson of the board. Rendani normally acts as her family's proxy in board meetings.

Qalabosha Constructions

Renowned businesswoman Thandaza Buthelezi (played by Sindi Dlathu) left MMC with business tycoon Lerumo Mojalefa who was the company's chairperson and her close friend James Motsamai to start their own company (Basadi Constructions). However, Lerumo and Thandaza left and they left the company in James' hands. He changed the name to Qalabosha Constructions when he married Moliehi Zikalala. James is the Chairperson and CEO of Qalabosha.


  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. 19 September 2004.
  4. ^ "Inaugural SAFTA nominees announced". Bizcommunity.com. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 23 July 2012.