‘The River’ bows out with a dramatic end after six remarkable seasons

The cast of telenovela ‘The River’. Picture: Supplied

The cast of telenovela ‘The River’. Picture: Supplied

Published Feb 4, 2024


‘The River’, an award-winning telenovela, finally comes to an end after six incredible seasons that had fans enamoured with the plot and faultless demonstration of skill brought to life by its extraordinary cast.

The star-studded cast includes Sindi Dlathu, who played the strong character of Lindiwe Dlamini, as well as Lawrence Maleka and many more familiar faces.

Dlamini was well-known for going to great lengths to defend her mine and shield her loved ones from her numerous adversaries.

Aside from the fascinating villain stories, the telenovela was lauded for having addressed real-life themes, sparking discussions that resonated with its audience.

The six-season run of Tshedza Production’s 1Magic telenovela came to an end on Friday, bringing Dlamini and the Refilwe community to an end.

Although the season included moments of triumph and catharsis, such as Dlamini’s arrest and testimony for her crimes, there was also plenty of turmoil and grief as the popular melodrama came to an end.

The production company explained that The River’s last season emphasised the importance of characters distinguishing between truth and those who are greedy, dishonest and power-hungry.

Tshedza further explained that Dlamini fled prison with the help of her newlywed husband, Bangizwe Zwane, and sought refuge at a rural guest house, hiding from authorities while waiting for the right moment to exit the country.

Bonga Percy Vilakazi, an award-winning writer and producer, took to social media and expressed gratitude for having worked with among the most talented people.

“Final episode of #TheRiver1Magic tonight. What an incredible journey and experience! The greatest privilege and honour. An opportunity to write and produce a show that I’ve been so proud of, working with some of the most talented people around. Ok ke. Babayini. Thank you for watching.’’

With a number of noteworthy achievements under its belt, including over 1 200 episodes broadcast and clean sweeps at esteemed award ceremonies, Tshedza Pictures solidified its name on television.