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The River 5 Full Story, Cast, Plot Summary & Teasers


The River 5 Full Story, Cast, Plot Summary & Teasers: “The River” unfolds the tale of Khanyisa Diamond, a mine owner committed to safeguarding her family and upholding her opulent lifestyle. Lindiwe, wedded to provincial police commissioner Zweli Dikana, is the mother of Andile and Mbali Dikana and the stepmother of Nomonde Dikana. Their residence is a grand mansion in Pretoria East, South Africa.

The River 5 Full Story

In the impoverished township of Refilwe, home to Khanyisa Diamonds, dwell financially struggling residents, many of whom are employed at the mine. The Mokoena family, comprised of Malefu Mokoena and her children—Thuso, Dimpho, and Itumeleng—resides in Refilwe. Tumi, unbeknownst to all but Malefu, is adopted, discovered as a baby by her late adoptive father, Thato Mokoena, near a river.

The River 5 Full Story

“The River is a South African TV show made by Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon. It’s a show created by M-Net and produced by Tshedza Pictures for the 1Magic channel on DStv. You can also watch it on Showmax, Naspers’ streaming service. Starting in 2019, they began showing reruns on Mzansi Magic every weekday at 19:00 and older reruns on Mzansi Wethu at 20:00 since 2021.

In 2021, Sindi Dlathu, who plays a leading role, became a co-executive producer for the fourth season. In November 2021, they announced a fifth season, which premiered on February 7, 2022. Later, they confirmed a sixth and final season, starting on February 6, 2023.

Season six features Sindi Dlathu, Presley Chweneyagae, Siyabonga Thwala, Tsholofelo Matshaba, Tinah Mnumzane, Bheki Mkhwane, and Brenda Mhlongo. The cast also includes Lunga Mofokeng, Lunathi Mampofu, Galaletsang Koffman, Matshepo Sekgopi, Thapelo Sebogodi, Tina Dlathu, Thapelo Ramotshehla, Siya Sepotokele, Chuck Shisane Wa Sekgobela, Linda Mtoba, Kagiso Rathebe, and Nokuthula Ledwaba.

The story is set in Pretoria, focusing on South Africa’s mining sector. A diamond discovery in the river between the poor township of Refilwe and the rich neighborhood of Silver Lakes goes from being a blessing to a curse.”

The River Profile Summary

Show TitleThe River
CreatorsPhathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon
Production CompanyTshedza Pictures
Channel1Magic (on DStv)
Streaming ServiceShowmax (Naspers’ streaming service)
Premiere Date2019
Reruns ScheduleMzansi Magic (Weekdays at 19:00)
Mzansi Wethu (Older reruns at 20:00 since 2021)

Generations Cast And Crew

Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra

Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra

Presley Chweneyagae Profile Summary

NationalitySouth African
Notable RoleStarring role in Tsotsi
AchievementAcademy Award for Foreign Language Film (Tsotsi)
Film DebutTsotsi (2005)
Theatre ProjectsNorth West Arts (Mmabana Arts Foundation) – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Puck), Cards (Grahamstown Arts Festival)
TV DebutOrlando (2000, SABC TV)
Mini-seriesWhen We Were Black (2006) – The Poet

Presley Chweneyagae Career

Presley Chweneyagae, born in 1984, is a South African actor. He’s best known for his lead role in the film Tsotsi, which won the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards.

Even though he had acted in plays and community theater projects before, Tsotsi marked his debut in feature films.

Chweneyagae has been part of various productions for North West Arts (now called the Mmabana Arts Foundation). He played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and appeared in the play Cards at the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

His television acting journey began in 2000 with Orlando on SABC TV. In 2006, he took on the role of The Poet in the mini-series When We Were Black.

Hlomla Dandala as Zweli

Hlomla Dandala as Zweli

Hlomla Dandala Profile Summary

NameHlomla Dandala
NationalitySouth African
ProfessionActor, Presenter, Director
Television Roles– Derek Nyathi in Isidingo (1998-2001) <br> – Title role in Jacob’s Cross <br> – Presenter of All You Need Is Love (2002-2003) <br> – Jet Hlatswayo in End Game
Other TV Series Roles– Interrogation Room <br> – Tsha Tsha <br> – Gaz’lam <br> – Scout’s Safari (US daytime series) <br> – Majola Tindleni in Zero Tolerance (Season 2) <br> – Jozi-H <br> – Jacob’s Cross

Hlomla Dandala Career

Hlomla Dandala is a South African actor, presenter, and director. You might recognize him from his TV roles like Derek Nyathi in Isidingo (1998-2001), the lead role in Jacob’s Cross, and hosting the reality dating show All You Need Is Love from 2002 to 2003.

In the SABC1 series End Game, he takes on the character Jet Hlatswayo, the Minister of the Environment caught in a political conspiracy. He’s also been in other series like Interrogation Room, Tsha Tsha, Gaz’lam, and the US daytime series Scout’s Safari on Discovery Kids and NBC.

Dandala played Majola Tindleni in the second season of the SABC1 drama series Zero Tolerance.

Besides acting, he directed episodes of South African drama series like Hard Copy, Gaz’lam, Generations, and Backstage. In 2006, he directed The Bet for the Heartlines movie series on SABC2.

You can catch him in films like Fools (1997), Red Dust (2004), and Lord Of War (2005). He also appeared in the TV movie Coup! (2006) and the mini-series The Triangle (2005).

In 2007, Dandala scored a major role in the South African-Canadian medical drama series Jozi-H. He’s also the lead in the drama series Jacob’s Cross, which aired on M-Net Series and M-Net.

Lawrence Maleka as Zolani

Lawrence Maleka as Zolani

Lawrence Maleka Profile Summary

2009Presenter – The Gadget Show (Soweto TV)Lawrence started his career as a presenter on the community TV station Soweto TV.
2012-2014Co-host – Star Gist (AfricaMagic Entertainment)Lawrence co-hosted the celebrity gossip show with Vimbai Mutinhiri during this period.
2014Contestant – I Love South Africa ( participated as a celebrity contestant in Season 1, Episode 5 of the game show.
2015Presenter – Lotto Powerball ( replaced Fezile Makhanya as the presenter of the lottery game show, airing on on Tuesdays and Fridays.
2015Actor – isiBaya (Mzansi Magic)Lawrence had a recurring role as Don Webster on the third season of the Mzansi Magic soapie isiBaya.
2016Host – Clash of the Choirs SA (Mzansi Magic)Replaced Bonang Matheba as the host for the reality competition series, a significant role in his career.
2016Co-host – Club 808 ( his debut as the new co-host of the youth and lifestyle music show, joining Boity Thulo.
2017Host – The Final Cut (SABC3)Lawrence hosted the SABC3 reality competition series, where contestants faced weekly dramatic challenges to win parts on SABC drama series.

Lawrence Maleka Career

Lawrence Maleka is a well-known South African actor and presenter. You might recognize him from hosting the Mzansi Magic reality competition series Clash of the Choirs South Africa, where he took over from Bonang Matheba for the third season in 2016.

Before that, Lawrence co-hosted the AfricaMagic Entertainment celebrity gossip show Star Gist from 2012 to 2014 alongside former Big Brother contestant Vimbai Mutinhiri.

His journey in the entertainment industry began in 2009 when he presented The Gadget Show on Soweto TV, a community TV station. Over the years, Lawrence hosted various shows for the broadcaster, including Ziyamporomo and Street Radio.

In 2011, he hosted a promotional show for Coca Cola on called Coca Cola Happiness. Later, in 2014, Lawrence participated as a celebrity contestant on the game show I Love South Africa, appearing in Season 1, Episode 5. Notably, two fellow contestants from that episode, performance poet Busisiwe Gqula and singer Bucie Nqwiliso, joined him as Choirmasters on Clash of the Choirs.


  • Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe Dlamini
  • Tinah Mnumzana as Flora
  • Tsholofelo Matshaba as Kedibone Mokoena
  • Thembinkosi Mthembu as Mabutho
  • Tango Ncetezo as Paulina
  • Thapelo Sebogodi as Khabzela
  • Matshepo Sekgopi as Dimpho
  • Chuck Shisana as Detective Tshabalala
  • Thoko Ntshinga as Nomhle
  • Ferry Jele as Veronica
  • Siyabonga Sepotokele as Njabulo (as Siya Sepotokele)
  • Maduvha Madima as Minister Lufuno Joyful Mudau
  • Shannon Esra as Sandra Stein
  • Nkanyiso Bhengu as Pastor Mdluli
  • Lunathi Mampofu as Emma
  • Phoenix Baaitse as Doctor
  • Nokuthula Ledwaba as Angelina (as Nokuthula Mavuso)
  • Sphamandla Dhludhlu as Mavusana
  • Charmaine Mtinta as Zungazi
  • Winnie Ntshaba as Zodwa
  • Stephen Manaka as Police Captain (as Chukudu Manaka)
  • Nhlanhla Mdlalose as Philani
  • Saint Seseli as Kgopolo Mabona
  • Samson Khumalo as Uncle Moses
  • Chumani Panas as Kidnapper Boss
  • Jose Domingos as Bank Manager / Wilson
  • Bheki Mkhwane as Bukhosi
  • Katleho Sinivasanas as Lekau (as Katleho Sinivasin)
  • Muzi Mthembu as Doctor Zikala
  • Nolwazi Shange-Ngubeni as Gugu
  • Slindile Nodangala as Nolwazi
  • Nhlanhla John Lata as Mpendulo (as John Lata)
  • Cornet Mamabolo as Lerumo (as Cornet Mamabulo)
  • Smash Afrika as Presenter
  • Neo Matsunyane as News Reporter (as Neo Monyetsane)
  • Vusi Kunene as Hlophe Uncle
  • Brenda Mhlongo as Nomafu
  • Vuyo Biyela as Mlilo


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