The River (South African TV series)
|Created by||Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon|
|Directed by||Johnny Barbuzano|
|Creative director(s)||Johnny Barbuzano|
|Theme music composer||Brendan Jury|
|Opening theme||The River|
|Country of origin||South Africa|
|Original language(s)||English, Setswana, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||407 (as of 21 August 2019)|
|Running time||22 - 24 Minutes|
|Original network||1 Magic|
|First shown in||South Africa|
|Original release||29 January 2018|
|Related shows||The Queen (South African TV series)|
The River is a South African television series created by Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon  which airs on 1Magic on DStv and is available for streaming on Showmax . Sindi Dlathu plays the lead role as the mining magnate Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, alongside a star cast that includes Hlomla Dandala, Presley Chweneyagae & Moshidi Motshegwa.
The show is an interpretation of 'the have and the have-nots' chronicling the contrasting lives of Pretoria's elite and poorest.
The River tells the story of Khanyisa Diamonds mine owner Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, who is ruthless and calculating , and the extent she will go to in order to protect her family and maintain her lavish lifestyle. Lindiwe is married to provincial police commissioner Zweli Dikana, and is a mother to Andile and Mbali Dikana, step-mother to Nomonde Dikana. The Dikanas live in a mansion in Pretoria East, South Africa.
In the township of Refilwe, where Khanyisa Diamonds is located, lives poverty stricken residents, many of whom work at the mine. The Mokoena family, consisting of Malefu Mokoena and her children, Thuso, Dimpho and Itumeleng live in Refilwe. Unbeknownst to everyone except Malefu, Tumi is adopted, being found at a river as a baby by her late adoptive father, Thato Mokoena.
Lindiwe's mine is about to go bankrupt, when one of the foremen, Thato Mokoena finds an alluvial diamond, whose worth is later revealed to be $45 million, in the river that runs through the township of Refilwe while fishing. Lindiwe murders Thato Mokoena and places the diamond in her mine for her miners to find, so that the discovery is made in her land, while also covering up the murder.
Malefu Mokoena struggles to raise her children after her husband's death. Her oldest son, Thuso is frequently in and out of jail. Her adopted daughter, Tumi, marries Lindiwe's nephew, Zolani Dlamini, and moves into the Dikana household. Following their wedding, Lindiwe employs Tumi as the CSR Officer at Khanyisa Diamonds. Lindiwe attempts to steal the land in Refilwe to mine, but her plan is foiled when Tumi dissents, realising Lindiwe's intentions.
Malefu discovers Tumi had a hand in Lindiwe's plan. Malefu disowns Tumi and tells her she was adopted, and gives Tumi the one half of a necklace her birthmother left her with. Tumi divorces Zolani, who reveals that Lindiwe killed her father. Tumi and her new boyfriend, Lindani attempt to find evidence by returning to the Dikana mansion and while searching Lindiwe's desk, Tumi discovers Lindiwe is her adoptive mother. Tumi attempts to reach Lindiwe so they can talk, but is kidnapped and taken to the mine, where she is buried alive by Lindiwe, who knows that Zolani told Tumi of Thato Mokoena's murder.
Lindiwe finds Tumi's message and realising she has buried her own child, attempts suicide by shooting herself.
Tumi is rescued by Lindani, while Lindiwe makes a full recovery. Tumi subsequently files charges against Lindiwe. Her quest for justice turns sour, as she becomes the prime suspect in the "attempted murder" of Lindiwe. Subsequently, Lindiwe files charges against Tumi, arguing in court that Tumi is an agent of white monopoly capital sent to destroy her company.
Lindiwe frees Paulina from prison in exchange for Lindani's silence in order to win the case. Her husband finds out she actually did commit the crimes and exiles her to a life of poverty as punishment.
Reeling from her parents divorce and her mothers disappearance, Mbali resorts to drugs and is kidnapped by her dealer while Nomonde takes over as the CEO of Khanyisa Diamonds and Zweli turns to a prostitute for company.
After rescuing Mbali, Zweli informs his children of Lindiwe's misdeeds. In Refilwe, Cobra and Paulina contest an interim ward election after the councillor died from a heart attack. Paulina is set to win until Percy and Oupa plant fake votes in favour of Cobra.
Connra wins the election and invites Paulina to join the Council. Lindiwe resurfaces in Refilwe and takes up refuge in the shack she grew up in. Everyone of her contacts abandon her when they realise she has lost her power. Tumi finds out Lindiwe is in Refilwe and sets her shack on fire, with Lindiwe inside. Zolani rescues Lindiwe and Sis Flora takes them in out of pity.
Lindiwe pretends to have turned over a new leaf and misleads everyone into believing she is a changed person, as she bids her time and calculates her return. Cobra uses his position as councillor to unfairly award tenders. Nomonde struggles to keep the mine afloat while juggling her relationship with Lindani. After Nomonde is nearly killed by the miners, she begins looking for a new CEO for Khanyisa Diamonds.
Gail Mathabatha enters the lives of the Dikanas when she is hired as Khanyisa's new CEO. Soon, she is involved in a romantic relationship with Zweli to Lindiwe's chagrin, setting the latter on a quest for everything she holds dear - her family, her marriage and her mine.
Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana,
Larona Moagi as Itumeleng 'Tumi' Mokoena
Moshidi Motshega as Malefu Mokoena (season 1)
Hlomla Dandala as Commissioner Zweli Dikana
Presley Chweneyagae as Thuso 'Cobra' Mokoena
Lunga Shabalala as Lindani Dlomo
Lawrence Maleka as Zolani Dlamini
Tinah Mnumzana as Flora (season 2)
Linda Mtoba as Nomonde Dikana
Lunga Mofokeng as Andile Dikana
Zanokuhle Maseko as Mbali Dikana
Matshepo Mokgopi as Dimpho Mokoena
Tango Ncetezo as Paulina Dlomo
Galaletsang Koffman as Beauty
Thapelo Segohadi as Khabzela
Sir Jet Novuka as Walter
Introduced in season 1
Don Mlangeni Nawa as Thato Mokoena
Zenzo Ngqobe as Pervical 'MaPercente'
Chuck Shisane as Detective Tshabalala
Warren Masemola as Oupa
Maduvha Madima as Minister Joyful
Siya Sepotokele as Njabulo
Shannon Esra as Sandra Stein
Sello Maake ka-Ncube as Malome Thabiso
Brenda Nxoli as Dambisa Dikana
Ferry Jele as Veronica
Introduced in Season 2
Shahan Ramkissoon as himself
Masasa Mbangeni as Adv Akhona
Ntokozo Dlamini as Sihle Ngema
Thabo Malema as Ten Ten
Michelle Craig as a journalist
Robert Whitehead as Judge Christoper Knowles
Lebogang Tlokana as Dora Phakati
Winne Ntshaba as MaDlomo
Nkanyiso Bhengu as Pastor
Mary-Ann Barlow as Gail Mathabatha
Alina Moloi as Constable Candy
Awards and Nominations
Best Actress - Telenovela
Moshidi Motshegwa - The River
Best Actor - Telenovela
Presley Chweneyagae - The River
Best Supporting Actor - Telenovela
Lawrence Maleka - The River
Best Achievement in Directing - Telenovela
Johnny Barbuzano, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade and Ferry Jele - The River
Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – Telenovela
The River, Gwydion Beynon & Phathutshedzo Makwarela
Best Achievement in Original Music/ Score – Telenovela
The River, Brendan Jury
Best Achievement in Editing – Telenovela
The River, Ula Oelsen, Bongi Malefo & Matodzi Nemungadi
Best Achievement in Sound – Telenovela
The River, Ben Oelsen, Lele Seate & Tladi Mabuya
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Telenovela
The River, Gaopie Kabe & Trevor Brown
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