In SABC3’s newest telenovela, “The Estate,” some of South Africa’s biggest stars are expected to star.
“The Estate” is a game-changing premium daily drama that investigates the hot-button issues on the lips of every South African: land and identity, corruption, patronage, money (old and new), wealth, class, and equality, all told in these topical debates through a colorful mix of South African families fighting for their room.
It will star Dineo Langa, Sdumo Mtshali, Clementine Mosimane, Jo-Anne Reyneke and Nadia Valvekens.
The storyline centres on a gated suburban community haven that is Echelon Estate.
Beautiful homes line the landscaped green parks of the golf course. There is a clubhouse, a gym, and the entire estate is surrounded by an 8-metre-high brick wall and tight security.
Then there are the families living inside the walls, a diverse cross-section of South African society from all walks of life, from the super-elite to the poor middle class trying to keep up with the Joneses, as well as the working class working in this’ wonderland’ with tourists.
Meanwhile, trouble brews outside the suburban iron gates as increasing pressure from the neighboring Thembalethu township group intensifies around a land claim concerning The Estate.
Over the privileged estate inhabitants, the ever-present threat of “the peasants storming the castle” looms, while long-buried secrets are about to be exposed (literally!) as the terrible Faustian bargain between two men is unveiled.
“’The Estate’ is a metaphor, a symbol of modernity and status, but the show begs the question: Is this all we aspire to as humans? As citizens? When is enough, enough?
“The show tells moving tales of family, loyalty, love, sacrifice, betrayal and human foibles while addressing some of the issues in our country as we scramble our way to the future.
“The production company (CMP) and the SABC content team have brought us a cutting-edge telenovela which will serve our citizens with world-class storytelling with an award-winning cast, writers and incredible production values.
“South Africans are in for a treat,” said Pat van Heerden, channel head, SABC3 Bouquet.
“The Estate” will debut in April on SABC3.