Yungins Season 2 Is Here: Kealeboga Masango on playing Buhle

The team at Tshedza Pictures has once again hit the mark with their latest series, Youngins, which has been nominated for an iEmmy. This achievement follows the success of their previous hits, Adulting and Outlaws, all of which have been well-received on Showmax.


In a review for City Press, Thapelo Ramorobi described Youngins as a “nerve-wracking drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat.” Meanwhile, Aaron Akinyemi, writing for BBC, praised the teen show as “a wild ride full of fun, danger, sex, and violence.” Even actress Nomzamo Mbatha has expressed her admiration for the series, stating, “I’m obsessed with and loving Youngins. It’s hilarious and awesome.”


Given the positive reception, it comes as no surprise that Tshedza and Showmax have officially announced the production of Season 2.

Kealeboga Masango on Youngins S1 on Showmax

With all 45 episodes of S1 now available to binge, Zibuyile Dladla caught up with Kealeboga Masango, who stars as firebrand Buhle Kunene, head girl of Olifantsfontein.

How are you and Buhle similar?

Before we began filming, I had this preconceived perception about my character because I only knew her on a surface level. At the beginning of this journey, I thought that the character and I were complete opposites.

But the more I started delving deeper into who Buhle is, I realised that we are similar to a certain extent. Although she may sometimes come across as a mean girl, Buhle cares about people – you see that throughout Season 1. I’m like that as well: when I care about someone or am passionate about something, it shows.

Another similarity is that Buhle tends to put too much pressure on herself and doesn’t give herself enough grace. I do the same thing. I’m always striving to be the best version of myself but growing up has taught me to always leave room for a bit of grace and to be kinder to myself.

What has Buhle taught you?

I feel like it’s just to be unapologetically myself and confident. One thing that I admire about Buhle is that she knows who she is; she is unapologetically herself. That’s something I’ve started to implement in my life. It’s a character trait that I want to maintain and find comfort in.

How would you describe your working relationship with Toka Matabane (Khaya)?

Youngins S1 on Showmax

Toka and I have become really good friends and our working relationship has been amazing. If there is one thing that I appreciate about working with Toka, it is that we don’t limit ourselves – we allow for creative freedom to flow. There is a lot of playfulness and improvisation that we put into developing our on-screen chemistry yet at the same time ensuring that that chemistry comes across as authentic as possible to the viewer.

For viewers who haven’t yet watched Youngins, why should they?

It’s a clear depiction of how teenagers are navigating through high school, especially with the easy access and influence of technology these days. It also highlights the dynamics of friendships and relationships between teenagers and their parents. It’s also a funny show, with many comedic moments that we’ve seen trend on social media. I’ve had to hold back my laughter because of how funny these characters are.

What does a show like Youngins mean to you as a South African?

Youngins is a constant reminder to be unapologetically yourself. It is a project that I am extremely proud to be a part of. We’re telling raw and relatable stories through the experiences of what some might label as a lost generation. We’re finally giving youngins the spotlight while also acknowledging their concerns, struggles and victories in society.

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