Reality television continues to captivate audiences with dramatic twists and turns. Behind the scenes of these successful locally brewed reality shows are talented individuals who work tirelessly to bring compelling content reflecting the diversity and richness of South African storytelling. Portia Hlubi, KZN born and bred, black female executive producer, is a visionary behind the latest reality show, Izingane zeS’thembu, produced by Milk and Honey TV, the much anticipated Season 1 of Izingane zeS’thembu premieres this week, on Tuesday, 27 June on DStv 161 at 20:00 CAT.
Izingane zeS’thembuis a spin-off from the popular uThando Nesthembu and Ezomshado series, offers a fresh and relatable look into the lives of the Mseleku children. As siblings, they share their struggles and triumphs while working towards defining themselves within the context of their unique family dynamics. This season premiere follows the successful Season 1 of “Ezomshado noMacele noThobile,” a show hosted by the two beautiful Mseleku Queen, which premiered earlier this year on Mzansi Wethu.
“We are excited to bring a spin-off from Uthando Nesthembu. Over the years, South Africans have grown to love and appreciate the entire Mseleku family and their fascinating polygamous setup. We have witnessed the children grow throughout the seasons, and now they are ready to express their opinions and forge their own paths within this multi-layered family. Izingane zeS’thembu will take a fresh and quirky approach to the show, appealing to a diverse audience,” said Portia Hlubi, Milk and Honey TV Executive Producer.
Izingane zeS’thembu will follow the children’s struggles and triumphs, offering viewers an intimate glimpse into the complexities of growing up in a polygamous family through the eyes of the next generation of the Mseleku family.
Viewers will have a front-row seat to the lives of multifaceted children from the Mseleku clan. The first-born son, Mpumelelo, is eager to carry on his father’s polygamous legacy, intending to have seven wives. He has two girlfriends: Vuyo, his child’s mother, who struggles with his interest in other women, and Tirelo, who accepts Mpumelelo dating other women.
Big Sister Sne, who has faced challenges in past seasons, has grown into her person with an improved sense of self and her luck in relationships is on the rise. Abo, who has become a social media sensation, publicly revealed her sexuality, but whether she will disclose it to her parents remains a mystery. Mpilo is transitioning into a fully-grown, opinionated adult, exploring relationships while finding his identity outside the family’s influence. Mnini has emerged as a young leader, showing a business-minded approach to life.
Catch the intriguing reality show and learn more about the dynamics of the Mseleku children as they navigate brotherhood, polygamy, family, and identity. Tune in to Izingane zeS’thembu, starting this Tuesday, June 27, at 20:00 CAT on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161).