MTV Shuga Down South coming back in February 2019


A partnership between Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Unitaid and the London School of Hygiene and tropical medicine has brought back season 2 of the much loved MTV Shuga Down South. Yesterday, the cast of the new season was revealed at Casting Café Design District in Rosebank. The reveal saw the return of some of season 1 cast members such as Thuso Mbedu and Jemima Osunde of MTV Shuga Naija.

The first season aired in 2017 and season 2 is coming on February 12, 2019. “The movement was created out of a passionate and purpose driven vision”, said VIMN Africa’s Communications Director Fatima Beckham. “The 3 year partnership has been created to introduce and evaluate storylines on HIV innovation including HIV self testing and preventative drugs into the award winning MTV drama series Shuga”, she added.


Alex Okosi, VIMN Africa Managing Director says MTV Shuga has been an incredible powerful movement. “What’s really powerful about Shuga is that it’s not just a drama series but was crafted to be something that would resonate with our young viewers who watch our channels. It has an amazing storyline and relatable characters dealing with tough issues that young people face but deals with it in a very authentic way”.

Returning cast member and 2 times International Emmy nominee, Thuso Mbedu who plays Ipeleng didn’t think twice when an opportunity to be part of the new season was presented. “I’m grateful for Ipeleng’s storyline because it has had a great impact on girls in South Africa and beyond. The message of Shuga is that you are the one that holds the future”.


(Shuga Down South cast member Thuso Mbedu)


MTV Shuga Down South season 2 promises to be exciting as well as educational and the cast – new and returning members – are exciting to watch judging by their enthusiasm. Catch the new season on February 12, 2019.


By Amanda Matshaka

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