A new drama series Mamello produced by Endemol Shine Africa started this Wednesday 12 August on SABC 2 at 21h30.
Mamello meaning resilience follows the story of a teacher Keneilwe Mogotsi played by former Muvhango actress Tsholo Mashaba.
Escaping an abusive marriage, idealistic principal and teacher Keneilwe Mogotsi has returned to Sebokeng, the industrial township she ran away from as a young woman. Her mission is to rescue Mamello High, a disadvantaged school on the verge of being closed down. Can she rebuild the school as she rebuilds her life?
Tsholo Mashaba stars alongside Jude Tshisevhe who plays a geography teacher and soccer coach at Mamello Secondary High. The two are drawn to each other, not only because of love, but also because they have the same vision for the school. They’re both idealistic and have a genuine passion for the school and their students.
Together, throughout the series, they face numerous challenges in the school ranging from a basic lack of resources, under-qualified teachers and an ever-changing curriculum to child-headed households, drugs and gangs to rape, and teenage pregnancies.
The drama was shot on various locations in the Gauteng area to ensure that its look is as authentic as possible.
“Shooting Mamello was quite a teeth clucking experience. Temperatures were always below 18 degrees,” says Tsholo Matshaba. “Truly speaking it was a wonderful experience, as much as it was physically and emotionally challenging, it was worth it. The cast was awesome. [Hanging with them was like having a party].”
Mamello is a family drama that aims to encourage parents, children and communities to be open and honest about their challenges and also seek solutions together.
The show boasts a stellar cast including Mary Makhatho, Lebohang Tau, Sello Motloung, Refilwe Madumo, Liopelo Maphathe and Boikie Pholo.