Widely watched local telenovela reaches 100th episode

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The battle for wealth and power between the Zungus and the Ndlovus on Isibaya
on M-Net’s local channel, Mzansi Magic, marks its 100th episode on Thursday 5
September.

In the landmark episode of the channel’s second telenovela, titled What The Eye
Sees, The Mind Must Believe, detective Mimi (Matshepo Maleme) tries to find out what
happened to Mpiyakhe Zungu (Siyabonga Twala) as Thandeka Zungu (Nomzamo
Mbatha) struggles to deal with what happened in the valley.

With storylines that deal with subjects such as bewitchment, as in the 100th
episode, and the use of authentic language to drive the story, Isibaya has been
enthusiastically embraced by audiences since launching in April 2013.

The telenovela’s characters have also struck a chord with viewers who follow the
quarreling Ndlovu and Zungu with an intensity that has turned Isibaya into one of
Mzansi Magic’s most popular homegrown shows.

“The response to Isibaya’s narrative of rivalry, power and money in both rural and
urban settings has been amazing,’ says Yolisa Phahle, channel director of M-Net’s local
interest channels.

“With each episode, social networks are buzzing with speculation about what’s
going to happen next. Our industry continues to go from strength to strength and the
audience response is a testament to this,’ concludes Phahle.

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