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Fifth Season of eKasi: Our Stories Coming Soon

11 June 2013
Khanyi Mbau

eKasi: Our Stories has started filming more captivating local stories for the fifth season and they will start airing on Monday, 15 July 2013 at 9PM.

The drama series was launched in 2009 with five episodes produced by one production company and has grown tremendously; there are now seven production companies filming 52 dramas across four provinces. Stories from as far as Limpopo, Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal will be featured in the upcoming season.

“We have great ambition for the eKasi brand. We are proud to provide a platform that encourages South Africans to tell these gritty, interesting yet enlightening stories,” says e.tv Head of Channel, Monde Twala.

“The level of participation from South Africans is getting better – we receive more interesting stories each year. The series has been well received and is also broadcast across the continent on our pan-African channel. Storytelling is an Africa wide ability – Nollywood has done it and nothing stops eKasi stories from growing worldwide appeal. Watch this space.”

More developments include the introduction of three new production houses, the addition of three more provinces, the production of 30 more dramas, as well as filming on HD cameras.

Joining the production team for the first time are Di Prente, Asi-B and Bubblegum production companies. Di Prente which produces Late Night News with Loyiso Gola will add an interesting comic flavour to the dramas, Asi-B, a Limpopo-based Production company will bring gritty stories from Limpopo while Western Cape’s Bubblegum will deliver real stories from in and around Cape Town.

“This is part of an ongoing initiative to train and develop talent in the various disciplines of the South African television industry,” adds Twala. “The aim is to encourage ordinary South Africans to tell their stories in the most authentic way while ensuring on-going skills development in different parts of South Africa.”

e.tv continues to provide training and workshops to the writers, producers and crew in order to ensure that the eKasi: Our Stories concept remains a sustainable development initiative. Mentors are also provided for scriptwriters and scores of new actors continue to develop their acting careers through eKasi: Our Stories.

Below are the synopsis for this year’s episodes:

The Break in
TX:
Monday, 15 July
Production Company: Sobabili

Two guys decide to sneak into a man’s home when he leaves for work. They proceed to the bedroom and to their surprise they come across a teenage girl tied up with rope and a duct tape on her mouth. They decide to free her, but the evil man returns just before they leave the house.

Not in My House
TX:
Monday, 22 July
Production Company: Seleke Communications

A father wants a rich man for her daughter but her daughter is in love with someone else. And then the pastor finds out that her unmarried young daughter is pregnant.
What if your daughter was in love with the wrong person?

Do or Die
TX:
Monday, 29 July
Production Company: eClipse

A young promising student is led to believe that he has failed matric. The bottom of the bottle becomes his escape. He finds himself on a journey into the very depths of his mind where he must discover his inner strength or risk being lost forever in a psychological warfare.

3 Months to the Deed
TX:
Monday, 5 August
Production Company: Blq2Wrk

A few months prior to their wedding, a sexually-charged couple is told to stop having sex until the day they get married. The long period of no intimacy takes its toll and the relationship is put to the test. Will they be able to resist temptation? Are they emotionally and spiritually compatible as they are sexually?

Ngamla
TX:
Monday, 12 August
Production Company: Seleke Communications

A single mother unwittingly rents out one of her backyard rooms to a white tenant which turns out to be both a curse and a blessing. It’s a curse because the presence of a white tenant puts her against her former husband and a blessing because the tenant turns out to be a maître de chef whom she needs to get a catering tender from the government.

Hamba Voetsek
TX:
Monday, 19 August
Production Company: Sobabili

A rebellious woman wants to make amends with her family that disowned her after she married her husband and refused to have him pay lobola. She resorts to extremes – paying her own lobola in order to get her family’s approval but ugly secrets have a way of coming out.

Strooi Meisie
TX:
Monday, 26 August
Production Company: Eclipse

This is a story of childhood friends, Thandi and Tshepo, who shared similar hopes and dreams. All of that changed when Thandi got a scholarship to UCT and moved away. Now, Tshepo makes ends meet by taking odd jobs.

Thandi meets, and agrees to marry John Mthembu, a wealthy young man from a powerful family. Tshepo has to deal with the anguish of watching the woman he secretly loves pledge herself to an arrogant cheese boy who doesn't deserve her. Can they find happily ever after, or will those childhood dreams become a mere memory?

Umendo
TX:
Monday, 2 September
Production Company: Blq2Wrk

An unhappy mother-in-law is willing to do anything she can to get rid of her daughter-in -law. In her eyes she is not good enough for her son. She tries everything she can to make her miscarry her unborn child and be left barren. But the consequences of her action leave horror to the family and result in more than one death in her family.

One Day is One Day
TX:
Monday, 9 September
Production Company: Diprente

Harry inherited his lone donkey-drawn carriage coal business from his father who in turn inherited it from his father. Harry is more of the township laughing stock than an essential service. He doesn’t have many friends and although he has been in love with Madaniel since he was a teenager, she finds the whole idea of Harry repulsive and hilarious. After playing the lotto for years, he finally wins an impressive amount.

He goes out to upgrade himself and pimps his donkey-drawn carriage in pursuit of improving his image to his neighbours and most importantly, Madaniel. He becomes the cream of the township and the apple of Madaniel’s eye. Back at the ranch his coal business takes a knock and his beloved donkey Makhafola falls gravely ill. Will Harry go on with his new life or will he rescue what he loves most?

Isipho
TX:
Monday, 16 September
Production Company: Seleke Communications

This is the story of Tebogo, who wakes up one morning and finds a crying baby right next to her. Startled, she calls a friend who advises her to take the baby to the police station but before Tebogo can do that her aunt arrives. Seeing the excitement on her aunt’s face, who thinks this is her baby, Tebogo cannot bring herself to tell the truth. The lies about the baby pile up to a catastrophic end.

Imbiza
TX:
Monday, 23 September
Production Company: Eclipse
A naïve, down-on-luck man decides he is going to turn his life around by responding to a pamphlet advertising services of a traditional herbalist who sells a potion that will give anyone good luck. What happens once he has used this potion?

Deep Secret
TX:
Monday, 30 September
Production Company: Sobabili
A horrifying, eye-popping tale of a mother whose next assignment is to slay her neighbour’s girl and daughter’s best friend. Possessed by the evil spirit, she does all she can to get to her unsuspecting target.

Tenderpreneur
TX:
Monday, 30 September
Production Company: Blq2Wrk

A respectable councillor wants to be mayor but then succumbs to greed and corruption. It is a story that portrays that every man has his weakness and your wrongs will always come back to haunt you.
 

Catch the new season of eKasi: Our Stories on Monday, 15 July at 9PM.