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An original South African WhatsApp drama

When it comes to planning a funeral, there’s a lot to do in very little time.

Uk’shona Kwelanga is a unique drama series which followed a family’s WhatsApp conversation in real-time to highlight the struggles of preparing for a funeral when money is tight. It was written in collaboration with Bongi Ndaba, renowned former scriptwriter of iconic TV shows like Isidingo and Generations and featured some of the country’s best-known actors.

The Plot

After the sudden and unexpected death of Bab’ Langa, tensions soon start to rise in the Langa family. As each episode unfolds, they face financial pressure, family secrets and unanswered questions. The story was told through WhatsApp text messages, photos and voice notes over the 7 days leading up to the funeral.

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MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Mam' Langa

Mother & mourning wife She’s desperately trying to keep the family together and be strong for her children, but how can she when all they do is fight? Played by Thembi Mtshali from Stokvel, League of Glory and The Queen

MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Edward Langa

Only son & struggling mechanic He’s going to be the head of the family and pressure is mounting on him to provide financial support. Can he make his family proud? Played by Bongani Madondo from Mtunzini and Shabangu

MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Pastor Mokoena

Son-in-law & community pastor A respected pastor in Soweto, Pastor Mokena is known for his good deeds... Because he’s always the one to announce them. Played by John Nhlanhla from Isidingo, Stokvel and Generations

MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Khuthala Langa

Middle child & doting wife A doting wife to Pastor Mokoena, Khuthala tries to keep the peace amidst growing tension between her siblings. Played by Linda Sokhulu from Isidingo

MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Mandisa Langa

Youngest daughter & university graduate The only sibling with tertiary education, Mandisa works hard at her job in the city. Will she succumb to the financial pressure from her family? Played by Makgotso M from Isidingo and Muvhango

MEET THE LANGA FAMILY

Babekazi Langa

Baba’s sister & traditional elder A proud sister living in rural KwaZulu-Natal who will stop at nothing to ensure her brother gets an honourable, traditional burial. Played by Ivy Nkutha from Generations

Watch the episodes

While the 7-part drama was best experienced on WhatsApp, you can view each episode below.

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Day Seven

Sanlam My Choice Funeral Plan

Uk’shona Kwelanga illustrated just how challenging it is to prepare for a loved one’s burial without funeral cover. At Sanlam, we understand that organising a funeral means you have a lot to do in very little time. That’s why we pay out most Sanlam My Choice funeral claims in just 4 hours – making sure you have the money you need, and fast.

Learn more

Organising a funeral means you have a lot to do in very little time.
Visit our website or contact a Sanlam Advisor on 0861 235 433 to find a funeral plan that suits your needs.

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