New podcast series introduces 'world's first 200-year-old'

Nambitha Mpumlwana will star as the world’s first 200-year-old, in conversation with Thapelo Mokoena.

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JOHANNESBURG - Financial services group Sanlam has partnered with some of South Africa's most prominent actors to launch a futuristic podcast series on a fictional character known as the world's first 200-year-old.

Nambitha Mpumlwana will star as the world’s first 200-year-old, in conversation with Thapelo Mokoena.

Mpumlwana plays Lesedi, while Mokoena is the voice of Lesedi’s great, great, great, great, great grandson Sam. The cast catapults listeners to the year 2218 to explore the world of the future like never before and tackles some of the biggest questions about what it means to plan a future for that long, based on current science and future forecasts by leading experts.

The supporting cast includes Stephen Jennings, Robyn Scott, Zola Nombona, Tanaka Gava, Shiba Melissa.

"My character is also an exciting one to play – it’s been an interesting exercise transforming into a person with two-centuries-worth of emotional intelligence! And to imagine what the world will look like when staying younger forever becomes a possibility,” says Mpumlwana.

“Our aim with this series was to use the idea of the 200-year-old to create South Africa’s big podcasting moment. We’ve involved some of South Africa’s biggest stars and brought the production values you would normally get on a movie or major documentary to an audio series," says Dan Pinch, executive creative director at the King James Group.

Listen to the 200-Year-Old here.