nothing for mahala

the film

Axe Gumede (Mokoena) is an up-and-coming property agent, desperate to make his mark in life and believes you have to spend money in order to make it. Only problem is Axe is spending a lot more than he is making, driving the flashy car and trying to live up to the Motsepes. This extravagant lifestyle gets him into trouble with loan sharks and, through a series of mishaps, in trouble with the law.

His fast-paced career is rudely interrupted when he gets sentenced to 200 hours of community service at an old-age home. There he meets and gets assigned to Hendrik (Marius Weyers), a grumpy old man who spent his life chasing money and now finds himself miserable and alone. Their story is a comic clash of cultures spiced up with hard-hitting life lessons.

At the old-age home, Axe finds himself intrigued by the beautiful manager Reneilwe (Montsho), whose value system is totally different to his. Being in a world where people are the most valuable resource, Axe finds his own worldviews regularly challenged. But due to his make-money nature and his growing debt troubles he negotiates a deal that compromises the wellbeing of the oldsters. It also causes Reneilwe to lose all faith in him.

Can a man like Axe realise true wealth doesn’t lie in temporal things? Can he change his own journey to make a mark that will cost him everything but gain him much more? Nothing for Mahala challenges us all to take a comical and critical look at our own relationships with money, and people.

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production info

Nothing for Mahala stars a host of South African screen giants, including Thapelo Mokoena, Mmabatho Montsho Jamie Bartlett, Kenneth Nkosi, Lillian Dube, Casper de Vries and June van Merch.

It was directed by Rolie Nikiwe and released in cinemas in October 2013 and has been shown on various SABC channels.

Nothing for Mahala was commissioned by HEARTLINES, supported by proud partner Nedbank, and was produced by the award-winning Quizzical Pictures, who have also produced all the previous HEARTLINES films.



Thapelo Mokoena – Axe Gumede

Marius Weyers – Hendrik Botha

Mmabatho Montsho – Reneilwe Motene

Jamie Bartlett – Mike Harris

Kenneth Nkosi – Godfrey Molefe

Warren Masemola – Dog

Casper de Vries – Diski

Dorothy Masuka – Dina

June van Merch – Flora

Directed by

Rolie Nikiwe

Cinematography by

Rory O’Grady

Written by

Darrel Bristow-Bovey

Michelle Rowe (original story)

Produced by

Harriet Gavshon – producer

Mariki van der Walt – producer

J.P. Potgieter – producer

Garth Japhet – executive producer

Ronnie Apteker – executive producer

Jennifer Charlton – associate producer

Nevelia Moloi – associate producer


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