Thola: SABC 2 premiers new drama

"Thola" cast members. Photo: Supplied by SABC 2 Publicity.
“Thola” cast members. Photo: Supplied by SABC 2 Publicity.

New SABC 2 drama “Thola” promises to keep viewers glued to their screens with dishonest and deceptive dealings. The month of April sees the premiere of SABC 2 new drama – THOLA. The drama will start on Tuesday, 08th April 2014 at 21h30 replacing 90 Plein Street.

Dibuseng Makwarela (played by Nthati Moshesh) – is  a 38 year old materialistic, class-conscious housewife, is enjoying life obliviously until Rudzani, her husband (played by Fumani Shilubana), falls from one of his construction sites and is in a coma.  Forced to take over the daily running of her husband’s business, Dibuseng’s world is shattered as she learns of unscrupulous, dishonest dealings by her husband and his partner.  Not only that but also the family finances have dwindled and they are in debt – forcing her to fight for her family’s survival while trying to keep the business afloat in the unforgiving world of construction.

THOLA is a story inspired by a play called the ‘Ideal Husband’ by Oscar Wild writing at the beginning of the 20th century.  It’s a cautionary tale against us South Africans, sticking our heads in the sand and being unwilling to look past the glitter of our middle class homes, and the shimmer of the averted civil war and faux truce, and the rampant political correctness, to what is rumbling underneath our perfect lives. With this series we want to say, Mogama kgomo ya mafisa, o e gama a gadimile which could be interpreted as “The milker of a borrowed (hire-purchase) cow should, while milking it, be on the lookout for the owner. In other words there is danger in complacency when you fail to perceive what is really happening in your life. ” commented producer, Kethiwe Ngcobo,

Main Cast

Dibuseng Makwarela – (played by Nthati Moshesh)

Dibuseng is a qualified Quantity Surveyor, but put her career on hold with the birth of her first child, daughter Kone. By the time her younger son, Shoni, was born she had embraced the life of wife and mother, supporting her husband and love of her life, Rudzani, in his determined climb to a better life… a life of privilege. Her husband’s accident is her wake up call to be the person she is supposed to be.


Adam Shore – (played by Marcel van Heerden)

Adam is the co-owner of Makwarela & Shore and Project Manager of the gated-community-project in Houghton currently under construction. As family friend he is the one Dibuseng turns to in her hour of need… a position Adam will exploit to his advantage, until the forces he is servant to turn on him.


Rudzani Makwarela – (played by Fumani Shilubana)


 Rudzani started out in the Construction Industry with big dreams and even bigger ambitions. When faced with the shadow-business at play he had a choice… become part of the game and realise your dreams or fight it and go under. He made his choices, and now his family is living the consequences.



Dieketseng Mofokeng – (played by Harriet Manamela)

Harriet Manamela "Life, Above All" photocall at the 63rd Annual Cannes Film Festival.There has always been an uneasy, competitive relationship between Dieketseng and her sister Dibuseng… and their paths seem to have split when Dibuseng’s life veered into the realm of privilege and excess, while Dieketseng and her family embraced a more predictable, smaller life. Neither of the sisters is prepared for the battle that will reunite them as a team when Dibuseng is forced to fight for her forgotten values.



Dipuo Nuru – (played by Lerato Mvelase)

Lerato Mvelase - 38th International Emmy Awards - ArrivalsDipuo has a complicated history as the daughter of an accused impimpi, now deceased. She exorcises her demons through her relentless pursuit of the truth. Her attorney husband Steve keeps her legal, although her fervor to get to the bottom of things sometimes run away with her.


Steve Kefentse – (played by Putla Sehlapelo) is brilliant at his job and is gifted with the ability of seeing the bigger picture, a quality that serves him well as attorney. He considers his own belief and dedication to justice his personal strength, although he sometimes feels as if his wife, Dipuo’s  unrelenting search and support for the truth and what is right, dwarfs his own efforts somewhat.



Fhatu Neluvhola (Fhaṱuwani) – (played by Candy Moloi) is another mother to Dibuseng and unofficial ‘grandmother’ to Dibuseng’s two children. In her role as helper she not only keeps Dibuseng’s house and home running like a well-oiled machine, she also sees to it that Kone and Shoni grow up with their father’s culture, Venda. Fiercely protective, she has known Rudzani since he was an orphaned boy in Venda and there is nothing she will not do for him.



Lufuno Ndou – (played by Lerato Zah Moloi) is Dibuseng’s best friend. She knows the family very well and was a long-legged teenager in Venda while growing up with Rudzani. An ex-model, she knows the glamorous, glorious life as well as the cruel, harsh realities that destroy. Not one to suffer, she knows how the world works and is hell-bent on seeing that the world works in her favour.





  • THOLA was directed by the talented Alex Yezbek, Natalie Haarhoff and Pieter Grobbelaar and trainee Director Ferry Jele.
  • THOLA is told  in Venda, Sotho and English languages, with subtitles added in English
  • Candy and Lerato Zah Moloi who are Mother and Daughter in real life, were last seen on screen together on Muvhango. This is their second production together.
  • Makwarela House  location /set is an upmarket house in North Cliff – a location chosen to portray the up market feeling of this rich family.
  • Dieketseng’s House –Pimville, Soweto  – They are a working middle classic family, and this house says that.
  • Dipuo & Steve’s House –  Parkhurst – This couple are professional and can afford the more stylistic things and they don’t have children.
  • Prof Jone’s House – Kensington South – To show old money.
  • Hospital – Selby Clinic
  • Court – Germiston High Court.

THOLA will showcase some of the most jaw-dropping realities behind the perfect imperfect lives of the rich and corrupt. Tune-in to SABC2 every Tuesday from the 8th April 2014 at 21h30.

Information provided by SABC 2 Publicity.