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March 05. Mponeng

 

 
 

Pontso Seboko is the queen of all snobs. South African housewife, she is ashamed of her low class family and forces people to pronounce her surname so that it means "tribal chief" and not "worm" in Sesotho language.  She is determined to show the world as well as next door neighbours that she is a real African lady and does everything to climb the social ladder in a society ruled by skin colour differences.

 
 

South African remake of KUA

 

Sounds familiar? Indeed, after the Indian remake of Keeping up Appearances in 2003, the South African TV channel SABC2 has bought the rights to adapt a local version of the acclaimed show. Location: Johannesburg and Soweto, Title: Mponeng which means " Look at me" .It took a year to Vesto Mrdjen from the production company "Word of Mouth", to finalise an adaptation after Sechaba Morogele and his team wrote a script based on 60% of the original Roy Clarke's script.

"Its not just about translating words, we had to create characters that truly worked in a South African context, that were recognisable stereotypes. Even finding he right locations has been a challenge. Where in Johannesburg can you find two houses that aren't separated by a wall!" said Vesto Mrdjen.

Pontso (payed by Lilian Dube) and long suffering husband Richard (Moshoeshoe Chiabeli) have just moved to Linden, a white suburb of Johannesburg and live next door to "white neighbour" Dineo (Nakedi Ribane) who does everything to avoid tyrannical Pontso. Pontso's sister Seithathi (Clementine Mosimane) and her sweaty car mechanic husband Mohlommi (Owen Sejake) live with the youngest boyfriend hunting sister Moratua (Mmabatho Mogomotsi) in a low class area and are avoided by snobbish Pontso. South African famous actors such as Magic Hlatswayo, David Mohloki or Peter Mashigo also appear in the show. The combination of a great cast, a quality script and a never-used-before advanced filming technology, is likely to result in a very successful TV show, BBC worldwide said. Like the Indian version, the

South African version comprises 26 episodes (19 less than the original) and its first broadcast is scheduled for 09 February 2005 at 21:30 on SABC2.

Sechaba Morogele wrote KUA South Africa script. >>

 

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