Lemogang Tsipa is Duma
He’s known for his role in the drama series When We Were Black, and as a detective in the drama Traffic! This time round Lemogang plays the leading role of Duma, a young man on the wrong side of the law.
Life is a struggle for Duma and every now and then he earns some moolah stealing cables, egged on by his best friend Zama. A complex young man caught between a life of crime and poverty – and canoeing, the one unlikely passion that could turn his life around.
Grant Swanby is Steve
With over 20 years in the industry, Grant Swanby is no stranger to our screens. His filmography includes Blood Diamond, Invictus and Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom, and his TV work includes Those Who Can’t, Isidingo and the Heartlines film, The Miners. With his range of acting skills, he can go from being a comic in one role to a South African James Bond in the next.
In Beyond The River he plays Steve, an English teacher with a passion for poetry and canoeing. His passion for canoeing is also his escape from facing crippling issues in his marriage and family life. Regarded as a has-been by his previous canoeing partner, Steve is on a mission to win another gold in the arduous Dusi marathon – and needs the inexperienced Duma to achieve this. But can he lay aside his hot- headed nature and confront the demons of his past to do so?