Axe Gumede (Thapelo Mokoena) is all about the Benjamins and the Randelas. An up-and-coming property agent, he is desperate to make his mark in life and believes you have to spend money in order to make it. Only problem is Axe is spending a lot more than he is making, driving the flashy car and trying to live up to the Motsepes. This extravagant lifestyle gets him into trouble with loan sharks and, through a series of mishaps, in trouble with the law.
His fast-paced career is rudely interrupted when he gets sentenced to 200 hours of community service at an old-age home. There he meets and gets assigned to Hendrik (Marius Weyers), a grumpy old man who spent his life chasing money and now finds himself miserable and alone. Their story is a comic clash of cultures spiced up with hard-hitting life lessons.
At the old-age home, Axe finds himself intrigued by the beautiful manager Reneilwe (Mmabatho Montsho), whose value system is totally different to his. Being in a world where people are the most valuable resource, Axe finds his own worldviews regularly challenged. But due to his make-money nature and his growing debt troubles he negotiates a deal that compromises the wellbeing of the oldsters. It also causes Reneilwe to lose all faith in him.
Can a man like Axe realise true wealth doesn’t lie in temporal things? Can he change his own journey to make a mark that will cost him everything but gain him much more? Nothing for Mahala challenges us all to take a comical and critical look at our own relationships with money, and people.
Nothing for Mahala also stars a host of South African screen giants, including Jamie Bartlett, Kenneth Nkosi, Lillian Dube, Casper de Vries and June van Merch. It releases in cinemas across the country on 4 October.
Nothing for Mahala was commissioned by HEARTLINES, supported by proud partner Nedbank, and was produced by the award-winning Quizzical Pictures, who have also produced all the previous HEARTLINES films.