Nandipha Pantsi
2 minute read
10 Mar 2016
12:38 pm

Xoli Zondi is back in Greed and Desire

Nandipha Pantsi

Mzansi Magic’s new telenovela, Greed and Desire, will launch on the channel on April 4 and will star some of the country’s most recognisable faces.

Xoli Zondi

Among them is actress Xoli Zondi, who plays a leading character on the show. Zondi made her mark on the small screen when she played the psychotic Zodwa on Generations and has since worked hard to establish herself as a serious actress.

On Greed and Desire, Zondi takes on the role of Nqobile – a young entrepreneur who is determined to make a success out of her bed and breakfast establishment. Nqobile is strikingly similar to Zondi’s previous roles: she is a rural woman.

“I’ve had to say no to two jobs recently because they wanted me to play a rural woman,” says Zondi. “That is a role that I have played many times before and, as an actress, I enjoy taking on different roles. What attracted me to Greed and Desire is the fact that this character is not the ordinary rural woman portrayed on TV. She is a businesswoman and her character becomes stronger as the show develops.”

Zondi will be acting alongside former Generations actors Thato Molamu and Thami Mngqolo, who were among the 16 actors fired from the show after going on strike for better pay and working conditions. Zondi was vocal about her support for her cast members who were on strike at the time, saying she would have joined them if she had been a principal cast member.

Greed and Desire full cast

Greed and Desire full cast

“It’s like a reunion on the set of Greed and Desire,” she says with a laugh. “The best part about working with actors that you’ve worked with before is that you don’t need to work on building chemistry. It was easy for us to gel and focus on making great television.”

On what viewers can expect from the show, Zondi says: “Expect something completely different! There is no show that is like Greed and Desire on TV right now, so it’s a fresh story. Viewers can look forward to a lot of drama, deceit, lies, politics – and great acting of course.”

About Greed and Desire

  • The telenovela takes viewers on the tragic journey of the prominent Makhetha family that is set in motion when the patriarch of the family is killed in a fit of rage. His murder becomes the root of a dreadful secret that sees the family empire falling in the wrong hands. Lives are ruined when the family learns the truth about who killed the head of the house, as the fate of the empire that was built from nothing into an established jewel is at stake.
  • Cast members include Nthati Moshesh, Sello Sebotsane, Buyile Mdladla, Linda Sebezo, Nkopano Mohola, Motsoaledi Setum, Keaby Mashugane, Kamo Letsosa and Bonginkosi Shibe.
  • The show will premiere on April 4 at 7.30pm on Mzansi Magic (DStv channel 161 and will air from Monday to Thursday).