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South African Drama Series 'Rockville' Gets Summer Debut Date

by Emmanuel Akitobi
May 15, 2013 9:00 AM
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Co-produced by the husband and wife team of Connie and Shona Ferguson (Ferguson Films), who also co-star in the production, the Mzansi Magic network's newest drama series, Rockville, is set to air on June 19.

Rockville, a ten-episode series that airs on Wednesday, June 19 @ 7PM, "lifts the lid on the dark side of Mzansi – the drama, sacrifices and subterfuge that it takes to get to the top in modern-day South Africa."

Shona and Connie Ferguson
Shona and Connie Ferguson

What can viewers expect from this series?

The web of intrigue is spun over three very different worlds which define black South Africa today and which are populated by recognisable characters, brought to life by a superb ensemble cast. The stellar lineup includes the likes of Trevor Gumbi, Mbali Mlotshwa, Bonnie Mbuli, Luthuli Dlamini, Minnie Dlamini and Boity Thulo.

Firstly, there's the middle-class world of Johannesburg's suburbs, where fancy cars, swimming pools and private schools are uppermost in everyone's desperately-aspirational mind. Then there's the working-class world of Soweto, with its sense of community and shared struggle. Finally, bringing these two worlds together on a dramatic and potentially tragic collision course, is Club Venus, a bar where the city's young, black and successful inhabitants come out to play.

At the centre of the Rockville plot is a beautiful finance student, Lindi Mabaso (Mbali Mlotshwa) who grew up in four-roomed matchbox house in Soweto, with a spaza shop and hair salon at the front and a bakery running out of the kitchen. The family is led by the formidable Mavis Mabaso (Connie Ferguson) who has managed to give her family a decent life but is now facing the kind of crushing financial difficulties that test her deep-seated commitment to what's right and good for her family.

On the other end of the moral spectrum is JB Bogatsu (Shona Ferguson), whose life in Waterfall Estate is the very picture of success. But not all is at it seems and JB’s claims that his riches arise out of the success of Club Venus, a high-class cigar lounge in Rosebank, are soon exposed for the lie that they are. Soon, the murky world of high-class escorts comes into play, threatening to crack open the edifice that JB has so carefully built in Johannesburg's northern suburbs.

As she learns that every dream has a dark side, Lindi must confront characters, situations and decisions that she never dreamed of making.

Rockville will see Bobby Heaney serve as Executive Producer, and is directed by Johnny Barbuzano.

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  • jabu cwithing dlamini | August 17, 2013 3:56 PMReply

    I love the show one of the best wow

  • Esther | August 10, 2013 8:56 AMReply

    I love the show. It is indeed one of the best. I wish they do a lot more together

  • Esther | August 10, 2013 8:56 AMReply

    I love the show. It is indeed one of the best. I wish they do a lot more together

  • elihle | July 24, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    One of the best. Very educational and motivating also feels like reality

  • florence | July 8, 2013 4:16 AMReply

    It rocks , i love it , i wish it could play every day ,Mon to Friday or
    Fridays for 2 full hrs.

  • hazy | June 20, 2013 3:53 AMReply

    it airs on Mzansi Magic, on Wednesdays at 7pm..

  • Hazy | June 20, 2013 3:49 AMReply

    I watched this series yesterday. I was glued to the television until it ended. It's nice, educational. You see today's world in that series. Youngsters who make the wrong choices end up destroying their lives, money is not all about everything nowadays. Watch it Mzansi, it's interesting. I wish there was a role for me though, i can act and do better....

  • E | May 15, 2013 10:53 AMReply

    Where will it air?

  • lauren | May 15, 2013 9:32 AMReply

    An African show? Really? The "caste" is curiously and sadly mono chromatic; a tragic redo of the Bollywood "one shade only" paradigm.

  • hazy | June 20, 2013 3:55 AM

    I don't think so, don't judge before you even see what people are talking about. Just watch it, i'm sure you will change your views

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