'It was surprising to hear that we were getting an inspiration award,' he said.

New kid on the block Obakeng ‘Mlahlwa’ Bhengu, played by Anga Makubalo, is set to heat up our TV screens this winter.

Upon his arrival he gets a job on Sibeko Gold’s Ultra Deep mine as a rock driller.

Makubalo’s character is billed as the quintessential ‘rebel without a cause’, brooding loner who has deep roots in the town that not even he is aware of.

In the last few weeks, viewers have been getting to know temptress Morongwa Kau, portrayed by newbie Soso Rungqu; as well as Lerato’s rebellious younger sister Kamogelo Tsotetsi, played by newcomer Makgotso M.

Only money can make an actor stay long-term [laughs].

Truth be told not a lot of actors do a lot of shows because the money is there, they do it for the love of the craft. If they dangle a beautiful carrot in front of me then I’m game.”Another old favourite making a much-anticipated return is Horizon Deep gangster Bra Georgie Zamdela with veteran actor Darlington Michaels once again reprising the role.During his Isidingo hiatus, Michaels had a role on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela has decided to go back to its mining roots by once again making it one of the focal points of the storyline.The show will also be introducing fresh-faced talent.The two ladies are set to rock the prime-time SABC 3 soapie to the core.“After 18 years of drama in a competitive television sphere, Isidingo has always taken leaps in story.2016 is taking our stories in fresh, edgy, fearless, but most of all, ‘mind-provoking’ entertainment,” Isidingo’s Head of Story Bongi Ndaba explains.“With a big cast it’s always a challenge, but we have reworked characters, our cast is challenged in exciting ways.The Writers are excited to elevate this show to better heights than it has been.”Another fresh-faced talent joining the cast is Robert Mpisi as mine-shift leader Joseph Matlala.