When is Gqeberha: The Empire starting on Mzansi Magic

Gqeberha: The Empire

Local 10 January 2023

The stylish telenovela which is set in the Friendly City follows a man who seemingly has it all: family, love, money, power, glory and respect.

Gqeberha: The Empire

The new year will kick off on a high note as Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) brings a new telenovela, Gqeberha: The Empire from 16 January 2023. With an impressive cast, gripping storylines and mouth-watering plot twists, it’s bound to be a favourite with viewers.

The telenovela will be replacing The Queen, which comes to an end after its seventh season. Gqeberha: The Empire is the first Mzansi Magic telenovela filmed entirely in the Eastern Cape and the cast includes: Zikhona Sodlaka (The Wife, Blood Psalms); Zandile Msutwana (Grootboom & Sons, The Queen); and Mbulelo Grootboom (Wounds, Suidooster).

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Growing the Empire

Luzuko Mxenge (played by Grootboom) is a successful businessman. He is married to three different yet strong women: Bulelwa (Sodlaka), Zimkhita (Msutwana) and Nozuko (Bikitsha). What more could he want? Another wife, for starters.

His decision to expand the family soon threatens to bring out the bitterness his wives have long suppressed. Will the Mxenge empire continue to thrive, or will in-fighting make it easier for enemies to infiltrate, bringing about the family’s downfall?

The telenovela follows themes of love, betrayal, polygamy and jealousy, through the lens of characters viewers will be able to relate to. There will be those you root for and those you love to hate.

“Mzansi Magic is excited to premiere a new telenovela, which is one of the genres our channel is known for and that our viewers enjoy greatly. With its premiere, we are excited to expand into Gqeberha and the Eastern Cape – a first for the telenovela world. With the incredible quality of storytelling from one of the top production houses on the continent, we are optimistic that the audiences will fall in love with the series,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

Don’t miss Gqeberha: The Empire from Monday, 16 January at 21:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

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