One of Mzansi’s favourite TV soapies, Uzalo welcomes Fanele Ntuli and Nkanyiso Mchunu as the new additions to the Uzalo family as they join the cast of the number-one Mzansi TV show.
Fanele Ntuli will take over the role of Nomaswazi Magwaza from the 2nd of January 2023. This follows the departure of Omuhle Gela who played Nomaswazi.
Nomaswazi grew up in the village and was taught her place as a woman, and it was simple: Be on your best behaviour until some man comes along and makes an honest woman out of you. Being inferior and underneath was taught to her at a young age, and no 2000 would accept that. As the only Magwaza child, she wants her rightful place at the table. She wants to lead. Her ambition pits her against her mother and her cousin, Vika. But Nomaswazi has already failed enough to fail again. She is determined to get to the helm of her father’s criminal company.
The viewers are introduced to Nkanyiso Mchunu on the 10th of January 2023 in his new character Siphamandla “Wizard” Nkosi. Wizard grew up in South Africa with a fascination for computers and coding at a very young age. He comes from a respectable family of academics but has always been the black sheep of the family, rebellious and always getting himself into sticky situations but running at the first sign of trouble. His curiosity has led him to be an expert hacker.
“Being allowed to dive into such a colourful and intense story has been challenging but fulfilling. I look forward to my new journey on Uzalo and the SABC family. I believe the audience will love the magic we made” – Fanele Ntuli.
“Joining Uzalo has been a dream come true for me. Uzalo is the biggest platform of them all and the highest storytelling platform in the country. I am thankful to get another chance to showcase my versatility as an actor because I do not want to be known as a one-dimension actor. Wizard gives me a chance to show that I can play other roles. He is one complex character. Working alongside Wiseman Ncube, playing the role of Sibonelo, and Masoja Msiza, who plays Nkunzi, has been amazing, and looking forward to working with the cast and crew” – Nkanyiso Mchunu.
The show has been making major changes in its storyline. Last month it announced the exit of two of our key characters, Pastor Gwala, played by Menzi Biyela, and Nosipho, played by Nompilo Maphumulo. The actors are set to exit the popular soapie at the beginning of season 9, which will debut early next year.
Thuli Nhlapo, Acting Channel Head of SABC1 wished them all the best in their future endeavors. “We want to take our hats off to the stellar performances of Nompilo and Menzi over the years. Their portrayal of the characters, Nosipho and Pastor Gwala, will forever be embedded in the hearts and minds of our viewers. Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” she said.
“We are incredibly honoured to have worked with such talents. Nompilo has been an integral part of Uzalo since season one, she has brought us a remarkable rendition of Nosipho that the fans will never forget, and Menzi’s portrayal of Pastor Gwala has been nothing short of exemplary. Our viewers love them, and so do we. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.” – King David Mukwevho, Series Producer.
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