The second season of ekasi - e.tv's top-ranking local drama series - debuts on Monday August 9 at 9PM.

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Mkhonzeni Mazibuko (Pat), Ncumisa Yangwa (Portia) and Errol Mdotho (Sipho) from Mapule
The all-new 13 episodes are currently being filmed in and around various locations in Johannesburg townships, ranging from Soweto to Westbury to Leeuwkop.

This year, more production teams have been roped in, all drawing on the expertise of young fresh players in the industry from different regions in South Africa. Familiar faces such as Backstage's Katlego Ramaphakela (who played Neo) and Charl Timotheous (who played Ziggy) are some of the young writers involved.

Big names leading the production of these dramas: director and Tribecca Short Film award winner, Bheki Sibiya; Jika Majika director, Neo Matsunyane; and actor, director, and entrepreneur, Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse Productions.

"The regard for authenticity and relevance was crucial to filming, not only in the script writing but in the choice of locations, the use of richly textured language, and the casting. It is through capturing the intricacies of day-to-day township life that we will tell stories of ordinary South Africans' daily character testing moments. We were inspired by irreplaceable memories of township life across the entire South Africa and the stories of people around us," says e.tv's Local Productions Manager, Lynn Gaines. This new season tackles the tougher side of the characters' lives and focuses more on the pragmatic, yet humorous, aspects of gritty life in the township. The characters put together are real and captivating. According to e.tv the drama tells stories of women born and raised in abusive situations, and characters tested by difficult trials. Viewers can look forward to vibrant performances by actors such as Rhythm City's Ding Dong, Ronnie Nyakale, and former Generations actress, Palesa Mocuminyane.