The River tells the story of Khanyisa Diamonds mine owner Lindiwe Dlamini-Dikana, who is ruthless and calculating, and the extent she will go to in order to protect her family and maintain her lavish lifestyle.
Lindiwe is married to provincial police commissioner Zweli Dikana, and is a mother to Andile and Mbali Dikana, step-mother to Nomonde Dikana. The Dikanas live in a mansion in Pretoria East, South Africa.
With such a delighting story line, it is not surprising that one would be glued to their TV following as everything unfolds.
This is a creation of Phathu Makwarela or as other call him Phathutshedzo Makwarela, as well as Gwydion Beynon of Tshedza Pictures.
Here are The River Telenovela casts and a description of what their roles are:
1. Sindi Dlathu
The leading role of the merciless business lady goes to Sindi who rounds up as Lindiwe. Sindi had to leave SABC2’s Venda-soap Muvhango to clench the new top billing role of Lindiwe. She is a rather ruthless matriarch of her mining family. She is the one that must do everything to keep things in order.
2. Lawrence Maleka
He appears as Zolani, who is Lindiwe’s adopted son that dares to “bite into the forbidden fruit.” He also becomes an eyewitness to a tragedy that he cannot forget.
3. Hlomla Dandala
He is not new to the scenes of acting as he was previously in Isidingo as well as the headlined M-Net’s very first “Africa drama” Jacob’s Cross more than 10 years past in 2007. He came back to M-Net and currently features as Zweli, the husband of Lindiwe, or if you like Sindi Dlathu husband in the film.
4. Don Mlangeni
A familiar face would be that of Don who stars as Thato, and Itumeleng’s dad. She is also Moshidi Motshegwa husband in the story.
5. Larona Moagi
This was a new comer and a fresh addition to the cast. She plays the role of Itumeleng, a character that is young and resides in the township. Her characters is described as a “feisty rebel that refuses to succumb to all silencing attempts. She even rolls over when it happens that her family as well as the community at large have become casualties to the vices of greed and excess”.
6. Moshidi Motshegwa
Here, Moshidi Motshegwa age which appears advanced as cast does not matter. She is the mother of Itumeleng and goes by the name Malefu. She remains a strong pillar and hope for her family and community.
7. Presley Chweneyagae
He stars as Thuso ‘Cobra’ Mokoena. He plays as the first son and the eldest child to Thato and Malefu’s. Having been Born in squatter camps of Cullinan, he has grown up being a rebel ever since he was young as he always was going against the expectations of everyone including his own parents.
8. Shannon Esra
As the Ruthless Sandra Stein in the movie, her role is to serve as the bad ass, and the busiest lawyer the country has to offer. Her task is to represent Lindiwe. You bet that no witness stands any chance working against her, since she is known to leave only when all stoned have been turned.
9. Tango Ncetezo
The beauty acts as Paulina Dlomo.
10. Sello Maake ka-Ncube
As one of Mzanzi’s favourite and most loved actors, he stars on The River as Uncle Sechaba. His wealth of experience comes through even in this role making it very easy to fall in love with his character.
11. Matshepo Sekgopi as Dimpho
12. Thapelo Sebogodi as Khabzela
13. Lunga Shabalala as Lindani
14. Tinah Mnumzana as Flora
15. Edmund Ngema as Detective (as Thokozani Edmund Ngema)
16. Chuck Shisana as Detective Tshabalala
17. Themba Nofemele as Detective
18. Ferry Jele as Veronica
19. Zenzo Ngqobe as Percy
20. Connie Ferguson as Harriet Khoza
Apart from the above mentioned actors and cast, there are others that also are a great contribution to the success of the series.
21. Thoko Ntshinga as Nomhle
22. Mbali Ngiba as Lab Technician
23.Thulane Kubheka as Pastor
24. Siyabonga Sepotokele as Njabulo (as Siya Sepotokele)
25. Lekoane Phasumane as Luzuko
26. Nomsa Buthelezi as Wedding Planner
27. Siyasanga Kobese as Social Worker Current and old Scandal actors
28. Busiswa Mambi as Mrs Sibiya
29. Refilwe Modiselle as Wedding Planner Assistant
30. Maduvha Madima as Minister Lufuno Joyful Mudau
31. Renate Stuurman as Sheree Jacobson
32.Charles Baloyi as Shakes
33. Warren Masemola as Oupa
34. Sana MchunuasMatilda (as Sannah Mcunu)
35. Kirsten Mohamed as Kim
36. Gert-Johan Coetzee as Gert-Johan Coetzee
37. Thabo Malema asTen Ten
38. K Naomi as Wedding Planner
39. Thulani Didi as Polony
40. Kere Nyawo as Vetkoek
41. Sheena Deepnarain as Journalist (as Sheena Deepnarian)
42. Simo Magwaza as Skhumbuzo
43. Nokuthula Ledwaba as Angel
44. Brenda Ngxoli as Dambisa
45. David Mohloki as Union Leader