Isidingo Cast: A Comprehensive List of The Actors and Crew in 2020

Isidingo is one of the longest-running South African soap operas with a long list of an ensemble cast. The show, which began in 1998, has completed over five thousand episodes, garnering huge followership, both in South Africa and beyond. Although the show began as Isidingo, the name was later changed to Isidingo: The Need in 2001. Through the show, the Rainbow Nation has witnessed a crop of fast-rising young actors and actresses, which has kept the show afloat for several years.

Asides its popularity, Isidingo is equally a commercially successful TV show and a very unique soap opera. Set in small mining South African town called Horizon Deep, the town represents the post-apartheid version of Village Deep, home of The Villagers, apartheid South Africa’s first local soap opera. Having lasted for several years, the show has raked several awards and recognition. In the wake of the foregoing, here’s a complete list of Isidingo cast, both the main and recurring characters.

Main Cast Members of Isidingo


Lincoln Sibeko Played By Lindani Nkosi

Lindani Nkosi is a South African actor and no doubt one of the prominent figures on the TV series. He has been on the show several years, playing the role of the villain, Lincoln Sibeko, who is known for his devious character. Aside from the show, Nkosi has had roles in other movies, including Drum, where he portrayed the character of Nelson Mandel in 2004, A Small Town Called Descent (2010), and Of Good Report (2013), among others.

Kgothalo Letsoalo Played By Katlego Danke

Isidingo Cast

Katlego Danke is a South African actress of Tswana ethnicity. She joined Isidingo in 2016, playing the recurring character of Kgothalo Letsoalo, best described as a gutsy go-getter. Before joining the show, Katlego appeared in Backstage and Generations, which earned her the Best Actress Award at the South African Television and Film Awards in 2006. She is currently playing a starring role in Gomora, a South African Telenova airing on Mzansi Magic.

Nikiwe Sibeko Played By Linda Sokhulu

Isidingo castActress Linda Sokhulu needs no introduction as she is one of the most prominent stage and television actresses in South Africa. She portrays the character of Nikiwe Sibeko in Isidingo; her character is a corporate woman who has to swim with sharks to survive in the mining town, Horizon Deep. For her outstanding role in the series, Linda was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Soap Opera at the 2016 SAFTA Golden Horn Awards. Asides Isidingo, she also starred as Cleo in Generations and is currently playing the role of Ziyanda in Rhythm City.

Nina Zamdela Played By Khabonina Qubeka

South African choreographer and actress Khabonina Qubeka joined Isidingo in 2015, playing the character of Nina Zamdela, the daughter of notable gangster Georgie Zamadela (Papa G, played by Darlington Michaels). Apart from Isidingo, the actress is best known for playing the titular character in Dora’s Peace, for which she won Best Actress Award at the Boston International Film Festival and nominations at the African Movie Academy Awards and Florida Film Festival. She is also a TV presenter, singer, businesswoman, and fitness coach.

Obakeng Zamdela played by Anga Makubalo

Isidingo cast

Also among Isidingo cast is Anga Makubalo, popularly known as Naakmusiq. Anga is a South African actor, musician, model, and TV personality. On Isidingo, he plays the role of Obakeng, a troubled guy who grew up without a mother. Trying to take care of himself, he involves himself with one of the big families in the story, as he continues to shake things up in Horizon Deep.

Sechaba Moloi Played By Motlatsi Mafatshe

Mafatshe is one of the main cast, as well as one of the most recognizable faces of the SABC3 series Isidingo. He plays the character of Sechaba Moloi, a very expressive guy from the ghetto. Sechaba later grew to become a mayor, which shows that anything is possible in life. Although Sechaba has problems in his marriage, he also continues to fight for his people. His performance on the show earned him two Best Actor nominations at the SAFTA Golden Horn Award in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Aside from the show, Mafatshe has also starred in When We Were Black and Shooting Stars. In addition to acting, he is also a director, musician, and music producer.

Ntando Sibeko Played By Loyiso MacDonald

Loyiso is among the breakout stars of the SABC3 show, Isidingo, where he plays the character of Ntando Sibeko. The actor joined the show in 2012 and later became one of the main characters of the show. Apart from Isidingo, Loyiso also stars as Kagiso Khosa in The Queen, 3 Way Junction, and Madiba, among others.

Shadrack Bhekiziswe Sibiya Played By Thulani Mtsweni

In Isidingo, Thulani Mtsweni played the role of Sibiya, a tongue in cheek miner who is always landing himself into troubles. Before joining the series, Thulani worked in theatre for several years. Asides the show, he is also notable for his role in the 2017 movie, iNumber Number. He also played a minor role in Rhythm City.

Lalage Lategan Played By Elma Postma

Elma is a prominent figure in the SA film industry, and one of the cast members of Isidingo. She has been starring on the show since its inception in 1998, playing the role of Lalage Lategan. Aside from the show, Elma has equally appeared on other TV shows such as 7de Laan and Binneland, among others. Asides being an actress, Elma Postma is also a singer.

Morongwa Kau Played By Soso Rungqu

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Playing the character of Morongwa Kau in Isidingo, the talented South African actress Soso Rungqu has endeared herself to followers of the soap opera. Her character is an opinionated welder, who is also humble. Apart from the show, Soso is also famous for her role in other TV shows like Sokhulu and Partners, Jozi Zoo, Rhythm City, and many others.

Former Notable Isidingo Actors and Actresses


Georgie Zamdela Played By Darlington Michaels

Darlington is a veteran South African actor famously known for his role as Georgie Zamdela (AKA Papa G) on Isidingo. On the show, Papa G is a popular gangster, who lives a flamboyant lifestyle. He is also the father of Nina Zamdela (Khabonina Qubeka). Aside from his appearance on the show, it might interest you to know that Darlington has starred in other international films such as Strike Force (1986) and Cry, the Beloved Country (1995), as well as Mzansi Magic sitcom Chandies (2012).

Agnes Matabane Played By Keketso Semoko

Isidingo cast

Keketso Semoko is an American actress who rose to fame through her apt portrayal of the character of Ma Agnes Matabane in Isidingo. She joined the soapie in 1998 and left in 2014 when her character was written off the show. Following her outstanding performance, the actress won the SAFTA Golden Horn Award in 2007 and also got two other nominations for the same award in 2011 and 2011, respectively. The actress is also known for her role in films, including Mr. Bones (2001), Drum (2002), King Solomon’s mine (2004), Going Up, and Justice for All, etc.

Angelique Scott Played By Shannon Esra

Shannon is one of the most popular South African actresses and also one of the stars on Isidingo. She joined Isidingo cast in 2015, playing the character of Angelique Scott in 18 episodes before her character was written off on the show. In 2004, she also made a guest appearance as Yvette Meyer. Asides the show, Shannon has equally featured in The Queen, The Throne, I Dreamed of Africa, The Triangle, and Life is Wild, among others.

Leone Haines Played By Ashley Callie

Isidingo cast

Ashley Callie portrayed the character of Leone Haines from 2000 to 2008. However, she passed away in February 2008, after being involved in a head-on car collision in Johannesburg. She is no doubt among the fast-rising Isidingo cast members, and her impressive performance on the show earned her a SAFTA Award for Best Actress in TV Soap Opera in 2006. Before her demise, she had previously appeared in other shows such as Homeland, Uninvited Guest, and Natural Rhythm.

Other Actors & Actresses That Makeup Isidingo Cast


Since its inception in 1998, Isidingo has witnessed a continuous change in its cast and characters. Below are some other actors and actresses that have appeared either as a recurring character or made guest appearances on the show. They include:

  • Makgorometsa played by Vusi Jim Makwela
  • Anja Lategan played by Lee Visagie
  • Samuel Gatanga Masilo played by Amos Ketlele
  • Zandre Lategan played by De-Andre Reinders
  • Wendy Van Onselen played by Michelle-Beling Pretorius
  • Parsons Matabane played by Tshepo Maseko
  • Dr. Beth McNamara played by Mary Ann Barlow
  • Gabriel Mothusi played by Aubrey Poo
  • Hendrik Lategan played by Gérard Rudolf
  • Lungi Biyela played by Jo-Anne Reyneke
  • Tiffany Steyn played Carmen Pretorius
  • Samantha Sharma played by Zakeeya Patel
  • Charlie Holmes played by Michaella Russell
  • Frank Xavier played by Kevin Smith
  • Sizwe Zondile played by Jet Novuka
  • Harriet Thompson played by Grethe Fox
  • Joey Ortlepp played by Nathalie Boltt
  • Len Cooper played by Chris Beasley
  • Kimberly Lewis played by Marisa Drummond
  • Kyle Ortlepp played by Owen Meyer
  • Aphiwe Nzimande played by Khanya Mkangisa
  • Benjamin Le Roux played by Arno Marais
  • Kamogelo Tsotetsi played by Makgotso Monyemorathule
  • Katlego Sibeko played by Kgomotso Christopher
  • Cherel de Villiers played by Michelle Botes
  • Derek Nyati played by Hlomla Dandala
  • Dusty da Silva played by Milan Murray
  • Bradley Haines played by Izak Davel
  • Calvin Xavier played by Maurice Paige
  • Priya Kumar played by Leeanda Reddy
  • Rajesh Kumar played by Jack Devnarain
  • Kieran Harriman played by McGregor
  • Erin McPherson played by Tessa Jubber
  • Philippa de Villiers played by Bianca Amato
  • Sean Kumar played by Silvem Pilli
  • Stella Fouche played by Judy Ditchfield
  • Jaseel Gonasalen played by Ishq Pitamber
  • S’khumbuzo Nzimande played by Sisa Hewana
  • Zukisa Zondile played by Noluthando Neje
  • Yvette played by Charmaine Weir Smith
  • Janine played by Caitlin Kilburn
  • Steve Stethakis played by Emmanuel Castis
  • Stuart Buller played by Colin Moss
  • Ted Dixon played by Clive Scott
  • Tim Wilson played by Nathan Ro
  • Lesedi Moloi played by Gugulethu Zuma
  • Letti Matabane played by Lesego Motsepe
  • Lolly van Onselen played by Kim Engelbrecht
  • Maggie Webster played by Karin Van Der Laag
  • Nandipha Sithole played by Hlubi Mboya
  • Natasha Wallace played by Jo da Silva
  • Parsons Matabane played by Tshepo Maseko
  • Paul McPherson played by Carl Beukes
  • Elize played by Lynne McCarthy
  • Tommy “Mad Dog” McCulum played by David James
  • Vusi Moletsane played by Meshack Mavuso
  • Zak played by Fikile Mthwalo
  • Zebedee Matabane played by Don Mlangeni

A Brief Look At What Isidingo is All About


The SABC3 soap opera revolves around the wealthy Haines family, the Matabanes, and other residents of the mining town, Horizon Deep. Each episode of the show takes viewers through the ordeals of the lowliest workers up to executive management in the Horizon Deep mining community. With its outstanding characters and a setting reflecting South African society in the Millenium (post-apartheid), Isidingo deals on issues that face the ordinary South African in their daily lives, including their triumphs, predicaments, and love life.

Interestingly, the show made history as the first South African soapie to feature gay kiss on television, by the characters of Steve and Len. It also prides itself as the first to capture same-sex marriage after it was legalized in the country in 2006. In addition to this, the show also tends to bridge the racial (black and white) divide, which was caused by the apartheid.

Where and How To Watch Isidingo

Isidingo, which was created by Gray Hofmeyr, has been running for over two decades since its inception in 1998. It has completed over five thousand three hundred episodes in twenty-two seasons as of March 2020. The 30-minutes show can be watched on SABC 3 from Monday to Friday at 19:00.

How the Show was Canceled

It was in November 2019 that the SABC announced that it is ending Isidingo after running for over two decades. This caused a mixed reaction among the lovers and fans of Isidingo as they took to social media to express their grief.

However, the show’s finale was aired on SABC3 on Thursday, 12th March 2020 at 7 pm. Afterward, the head of SABC, Pat van Heerden, disclosed that the network doesn’t have a replacement for the exact time slot of Isidingo. Meanwhile, the Isidingo Tribute of repeat episodes will continue showing through April and May 2020.

Isidingo Awards and Recognition


Since its inception in 1998, Isidingo has garnered 62 award nominations, winning 23 of them. Below are the details of Isidingo awards and nominations, the cast members that won them, and the year, starting from the latest to the oldest.

2019

  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap – Keke Mphuti

2018

  • Nominee – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap

2017

  • Nominee – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling TV Soap – Julie Palmer

2016

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress TV Soap – Leeanda Reddy
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress TV Soap – Tema Sobepedi
  • Nominee – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Supporting Actress TV Soap – Linda Sokhulu
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor TV Soap – Motlatsi Mafatshe
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Scriptwriting TV Soap – Rohan Dickson
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Art/Design TV Soap – Willier Coetzee

2015

  • Winner – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap
  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Justin Strydom
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor – TV Soap – Motlatsi Mafatshe
  • Nominee – Best Actress – TV Soap – Kgomotso Christopher
  • Nominee – Best Actress – TV Soap – Tema Sebopedi
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap – Raymond Sargeant and Sthembiso Mathenjwa
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – TV Soap

2014

  • Nominee – Audience Award – Most  Popular TV Soap
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap – Sthembiso Mathenjwa
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap – Rosalind Butler

2013

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor – TV Soap – Kevin Smith
  • Nominee – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress – TV Soap – Kim Engelbrecht
  • Nominee – Best Ensemble – TV Soap – Karin van der Laag
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Art/Design – TV Soap

2012

  • Winner – Audience Award – Most  Popular TV Soap
  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress – TV Soap – Karin van der Laag
  • Winner – Best Ensemble – TV Soap – Karin  van der Laag
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress – TV Soap – Michelle Botes
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Art/Design – TV Soap

2011

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor – TV Soap – Tshepo Maseko
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap – Sarah Ngubeni
  • Nominee – Best Actor – TV Soap – Maurice Paige
  • Nominee – Best Actress – TV Soap – Keketso Semoko

2010

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Jack Devnarain
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap – Kim Engelbrecht
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor – TV Soap – Don Mlangeni
  • Nominee – Best Actress – TV Soap – Keketso Semoko

2009

  • Winner – Audience Award – Most Popular TV Soap
  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Ensemble – TV Soap
  • Winner – Best Ensemble – TV Soap – Karin van der Laag
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Lesley Fong

2007

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap
  • Winner – Best Actress – TV Soap – Keketso Semoko
  • Winner – Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Craig Urbani
  • Winner – Best Achievement in Scriptwriting – TV Soap
  • Winner – Best Achievement in Art/Design – TV Soap
  • Winner – Best Achievement in Costume Design – TV Soap – Julie Palmer
  • Winner – Best Ensemble – TV Soap – Karin van der Laag
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress – TV Soap – Michelle Botes
  • Nominee – Best Actor – TV Soap – Don Mlangeni
  • Nominee – Best Supporting Actress – TV Soap – Hlubi Mboya
  • Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Robert Feldman
  • Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Mike Mvelase
  • Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Christopher Beasley
  • Nominee – Best Achievement in Make-up and Hairstyling – TV Soap

2006

  • Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actor – TV Soap – Robert Whitehead
  • Winner – Best Actress – TV Soap – Ashley Callie
  • Winner – Best Achievement in Directing – TV Soap
  • Nominee – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Actress – TV Soap – Michelle Botes
  • Nominee – Best Supporting Actor – TV Soap – Zane Meas
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