SABC1’s 19h30 slot will never be the same again, come Monday, 5 April 2021. Mzansi fo sho’s brand new, exciting TV drama uBettina Wethu will simulcast all episodes on online platform Viu.
This South African adaptation of USAs “Ugly Betty” boasts of the series’ very first African lead, played by actress Farieda Metsileng.
uBettina Wethu’s cast of familiar faces and an exciting selection of new talent, wowed directors with online audition submissions earlier this year. The open call aided to the formation of a diverse cast comprising of seasoned actors and newcomers.
“We wanted to cast the net as wide as possible and in order to give a fair chance to talented actors and actresses who may not usually have access to agents or auditions”, said Tshepiso Sello, Known Associates Entertainment Producer.
Not only does the cast emanate from within South African boarders but has extended its reach with the inclusion of international talent, further bridging the gap in the TV industry.
The show’s casting Director, Ayanda Sithebe, says, “We are currently experiencing an outcry of young aspiring actors-through social media discussion vehicles as #OpenTheIndustry. Young talent often does not have accessibility to the industry and an opportunity to audition. Considering the above, the mandate from the producers was very clear to me to find balance in casting experienced actors and also young new/fresh talent”.
uBettina Wethu is a sizable milestone for Mzansi fo sho as it makes history for the platform by scheduling an international program of this caliber.
“We are very proud to call uBettina Wethu our own as SABC1; the production value is astounding and is a great fit for our growing brand and spot on in terms of our market domination strategy. This first ever simulcast with Viu is breaking new ground and we are glad to be part of broadcast history in the making. As the largest television brand in Southern Africa we’ve always set the tone and dominated the landscape with authentic storytelling. Once again this is nothing but the beginning of other greater things to come as we deliver on our mandate to entertain, educate and inform”, said SABC1 Head of Channel Phumzile Zonke.
Taking care of MC duties in this breaking media reveal is @5fm personality @zanelepotelwa. She’s commanding the audience’ attention with ease. #uBettinaWethu #uBettinaWethuReveal pic.twitter.com/UUYC1v0dwn— SABC1 (@Official_SABC1) March 11, 2021
The lead cast members of the show are Farieda Metsileng, who will play the lead character Betty Sikhakhane; Zweli Dube who plays the charismatic Dingaan Jiyane; Tsholofelo Mashishi, who plays the matriarch of the family, Linda Jiyane and Lesego Tlhabi ; Coconut Kelz, who will play the bubbly Zaza Moloi.
Supporting cast are follows:
- Michael Potter – Brandon Thomas
- Elliot Makhubo – Israel Sikhakhane
- Mbasa Msongeli – Mpilo Hadebe
- Brighton Ngoma – T-Bang Moeketsi
- Ayanda Bandla – Lakhe Amon
- Mhairi Fergusson – Amanda
- Motshabi Tyelele – Ethel
- Jason Willemse – Wendell
- Alex Sono – Reggie
UBettina Wethu will simulcast on SABC1 and Viu every Monday to Wednesday at 19h30 from April 2020.