Netflix announces African original holiday special

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The cast of How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
The cast of How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding
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  • Netflix has announced an African original holiday special.
  • How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is a 3-episode series romantic comedy.
  • The ensemble cast includes Thando Thabethe, Busisiwe Lurayi, Clementine Mosimane, Yonda Thomas, Rami Chuene, Desmond Dube and Trevor Gumbi.


Get ready for love and laughter this December with Netflix's African original holiday special How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding.

The new 3-episode series from the Ramaphakela siblings (Seriously Single) is a quintessential South African romance with copious amounts of humour with well-timed jokes.

Busisiwe Lurayi stars as Tumi Sello, the family rebel and disappointment who begrudgingly joins her dysfunctional family for her first Christmas holidays in years. It is, however, not the merry return of the prodigal daughter everyone was hoping for. She manages to ruin her younger sister's, Beauty Sello (Thando Thabethe), Christmas wedding before it even takes place, and spends the next three days frantically trying to get things back on track.

The three-part holiday special explores the all too relatable dysfunctional family while offering up the familiarity of class tensions within the black community. It boasts the star power of an entirely South African cast that includes Clementine Mosimane, Yonda Thomas, Sandile Mahlangu, Motlatsi Mafatshe, Saint Seseli, Charmaine Mtinta, Rami Chuene, Trevor Gumbi, Nandi Nyembe, Desmond Dube and Keketso Semoko.

Rounding out the cast are breakout talents Swankie Mafoko, Lethabo Bereng, Dippy Padi and Nambitha Ben-Mazwi as Refiloe. With appearances by industry heavyweights Kate Normington as and Seputla Sebogodi.

Executive producer for the three-part series, Rethabile Ramaphakela, reflects on this being Burnt Onion's second collaboration with Netflix, and how it felt like a first because this time around the stakes were higher.

"Shooting during a global pandemic was very different to what we're used to. How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is a very Covid conscious production. The safety of the crew and cast was paramount to being able to bring this story to life and having the support of a partner that is committed to diverse storytelling and that believes in uniquely African stories proved essential to our success. That we can still use our voices, talent and creativity, to bring the spirit of the holidays to audiences on a global platform like Netflix at this time, is remarkable and exemplary of the strength of this partnership."

"Christmas is a time to have fun, kick back and enjoy some holiday cheer. We are excited to bring to our viewers this truly South African Christmas Special. We hope to bring our local and global viewers laughter, joy and spur them into the spirit of Dezemba!"
Dorothy Ghettuba who leads African Original Series at Netflix

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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