New local drama ‘Durban Gen’ to launch in October

‘Durban Gen’ tells the story of Mbali Mthethwa, a newly qualified doctor who moves to the big city, away from her fiancé and the small town they grew up in.

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It’s all systems go for’s latest local offering Durban Gen, the highly anticipated weekday medical drama, that will premiere on Monday, 5 October at 6:30.

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About Durban Gen:

The story of Durban Gen is set in the heart of Newlands East, a township in Durban, where the most prominent and recognizable academic public hospital Durban General is found. This hospital is said to be a highly acclaimed hospital that is the jewel of KZN healthcare — “the centre of excellence where every doctor wants to practice and every patient wants to be treated”.

We follow the life of the main protagonist Mbali Mthethwa, a newly qualified doctor who moves to the big city, away from her fiancé and the small town they grew up in, to serve her final year of community service at Durban General Hospital. However, she finds herself torn between two men. Her fiancé Sbusiso Dlamini, the one she has promised herself to, and her superior, Dr Lindelani Zulu, a brilliant, attractive surgeon with whom she has undeniable chemistry.

On arrival at Durban General Hospital, Mbali assists in a precarious surgery that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of an MEC. The incident plummets the hospital, Mbali, and Dr Zulu, into the middle of an investigation that threatens to derail her career before it has even begun. Meanwhile, her proximity to Dr Zulu, the resulting intimacy, and their palpable chemistry threaten to break everything Mbali has built back home with Sbusiso.

Durban Gen stars a host of exciting new talent, alongside some familiar faces:

Taking the character of Mbali into her acting prowess is actress and feisty songstress Nelisiwe Sibiya. Her character’s fiancé, Sibusiso, is played by actor, dancer, and singer Ntando MncubeHer love triangle is completed by Mike Ndlangamandla, who plays Dr Lindelani Zulu.

Meshack Mavuso will play Dr Thabo Dlamini, Durban General’s head of surgery, and the chief in charge is portrayed by Duduzile Ngcobo, who will be playing Dr Nomalanga Qwabe.

“KZN has progressively become the quintessential pulse of local productions, not only from a storyline perspective but for its ability to provide fertile soil from which to grow and build new talent,” says Helga Palmer,’s Head of Local Productions.

“We have a plethora of new faces joining Durban Gen and the entertainment industry as a whole, and you will be able to see all the new faces as we move towards the premiere of the show. We pride ourselves in providing a platform for deserving talent, and this is one of the reasons why we continue to invest in our stories.”

Durban Gen ultimately follows the trials, tribulations, triumphs, betrayals and bonds experienced by Mbali, the staff of Durban General, and the patients who come through its doors looking for help, refuge, and health.

Durban Gen will air on, Openview Channel 104, and DStv channel 194.

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