SABC3’s prime time drama series, Isidingo recently introduced a new family dynamic in the form of the Zondile household.
The family, which originates from the Eastern Cape, moved to Horizon Deep to pursue a better life. They represent a working class family and their daily lives play out the hardships and challenges faced by ordinary South Africans.
The Zondiles are a young family unit consisting of a husband, wife and son.
The mother and father move to the Deep from Port Elizabeth to seek better opportunities for the family. Unfortunately the son remained in Port Elizabeth as the Zondiles could not afford for him to accompany them on their journey.
The arrival of the Zondiles added two new characters to the growing ensemble cast and a new dimension to the show. “The exciting introduction of the Zondiles will add a new element to the social fabric of Isidingo as many viewers will relate to the characters who are played by two wonderful actors Jet Novuka and Noluthando Nqayi. There is no doubt that this creates exiting new storytelling opportunities in Horizon Deep.” stated Sivan Pillay, Endemol’s Managing Director.
Many South African households are confronted with personal and financial difficulties. The Zondile family characterise the working class citizen, the ‘man-in-the-street’ fighting to survive.
They bring to life the daily struggles which many face as they seek financial freedom while battling with unemployment and the high cost of living. Something many of our viewers can relate to. “This is an extremely important issue as it is socially relevant and many viewers will relate to this, a point that Isidingo has maintained throughout its long history on SA television” concludes Pillay.
The family consist of Sizwe Zondile (Jet Novuka) alongside wife Zukisa Zondile (Noluthando Nqayi) and they currently live in a rented shack.