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Actor Siyabonga Thwala joins The River

South Africa’s celebrated and award-winning actor, Siyabonga Thwala (Isibaya, The Republic, eHostela) will be adding another brilliant credit to his repertoire: he is set to join 1Magic’s The River in season 6. His character will make their onscreen debut on Friday 10 February 2023.

Thwala will be playing Bangizwe Zwane, a street-smart, hypermasculine ‘alpha male’ from Lindiwe Dikana’s past. Friends since childhood, he is as ruthless as she is, but far more patient and calculated.

About taking on the plum role and bringing it to life, Thwala says: “On set, you must always be prepared. You must always position yourself to do something great. There are no boring or unimportant characters. All characters have a place in the story, even if they are not the leads.”

Siyabonga Thwala

An astute and successful businessman, Bangizwe is a man who always gets what he wants – and what he’s after is Lindiwe’s heart. How will that work out for him, and just how much is he willing to rock the boat to get it?

The show recently bid farewell to 3 celebrated actors. Hlomla Dandala, Lawrence Maleka and Tango Ncetezo have left the production and according o a statement released by Mnet, they will be moving on from the telenovela to new ventures and some storylines have reached an end.

We would like to thank Hlomla, Lawrence and Tango for their priceless contributions to the show, as well as the incredible work that went into giving their characters life. They all brought professionalism, dedication, presence and charisma to the table, and we have loved working with them on the show. We look forward to seeing what their adventure holds,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels on M-Net.

Avid watchers of the show have been complaining about the repetitive and boring storyline and they think the show should be canned.


In other news – SABC’s serious warning to Zahara

South African award-winning Afro-soul singer Zahara is the latest celebrity to be accused of being a diva. A local publication reports the singer, who is working on a reality show that will premiere on SABC soon, has been given an ultimatum by the public broadcaster.


According to the outlet, the channel may pull the plug on her reality show if she doesn’t stop acting like a diva. According to the publication’s source, production was put on hold recently as Zahara and the production team were apparently not seeing eye to eye. Learn More