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Lesego Marakalla is Leaving Skeem Saam as She Quits Acting

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Lesego Marakalla is Leaving Skeem Saam as She Quits Acting
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Lesego Marakalla on Tuesday announced that she will be leaving Skeem Saam.

The actress, who has gained much popularity thanks to her portrayal of Rachel Kunutu Maphuthma on SABC 1’s daily soapie, has been with Skeem Saam for over 8 years.

The award-winning actress has revealed that she’s taking a break from acting altogether, in order to be able to focus on going back to school full time. “I will miss my Skeem Saam family dearly” she said in a press statement. “I have been with the show for 8 years and I have created some good friendships and memories!”

When asked if she would consider ever returning to the entertainment industry, she said she simply isn’t sure yet.

In her role as ‘Rachel Kunutu Maphuthma’, Marakalla has been one of the show’s leading young ladies, adding to the series’ sustained success over the seasons.

“To all my fans, I really appreciate the love and support that you have given me since day one,” she says. Marakalla will be dearly missed and we wish her only the best with her future endeavours. Her last episode is set to air on the 19th of June 2020.

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Isibaya: Who’s In & Who’s Out?

Update on Isibaya cast members.

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Mzansi Magic telenovela, Isibaya is back on everyone’s tongue after a long time. However, it is not because of the on-screen action. It’s safe to say that the TV show lost the plot a long time ago. It came as no surprise when rumours started swirling around that it was going to get canned.

Like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg, some actors have begun jumping the sinking ship. Ironically, there are also additions made to the roster of late that are tasked with reviving the flopping ratings. It remains to be seen if the television program can ever get back to its former glory.

WHO’S LEAVING…

The lead actor on the show, Siyabonga Thwala, who portrays Mpiyakhe Zungu is reported to be on his way out. It has been a long time coming, after there were allegations of the veteran actor being a diva on set. Thwala has already landed another role on the new M-Net telenovela, Legacy as Msizi Zulu.

Siyabonga Thwala

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The latest actor making an exit is Sdumo Mtshali, who plays Sbu Ndlovu. Luckily, he also has a life-jacket as SABC 3 is producing a new soapie dubbed The Estates. According to reports making the rounds, the actor jumped ship because of the dwindling tv ratings.

The last time the ratings were decent was when Menzi Ngubane was still associated with the show. The storyline that precipitated his exit coincided with Nomzamo Mbatha leaving Isibaya. Around that time, Palance Dladla was also linked with a move away from the TV show, which turned out to be falsehoods.

…WHO’S COMING IN

We wonder how this will be executed. Menzi Ngubane is linked with a dramatic return to the show, when it clear looked like that was a fatal gunshot. Ngubane’s move to The Queen never materialised due to health complications but we eagerly await his resurrection with bated breath.

Another returnee is Zakhele Msibi, who plays the mischievous Nkabinde. He was ran out of eBhubesini and his return will sure add some much needed flavour to the stale storyline.

Lastly; Thulani Mtsweni, formerly of Isidingo joins the cast of Isibaya as Mpihlangene Zungu. He is described as a charming conman who is the younger brother to the exiting Sengwayo. Mtsweni’s range as an actor is well documented, with his résumé including roles in sitcoms and daily dramas.

Catch Isibaya every Monday to Friday on Mzansi Magic, DSTV channel 161, at 20:30.

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Sihle Ndaba Joins Gomora as Ncebakazi Manzi

Love is in the air on Gomora!

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Sihle Ndaba Joins Gomora

Famous for her role on Uzalo, Sihle Ndaba is set to join Gomora to reprise the character Ncebakazi Manzi. She will make her on-screen debut appearance this Wednesday, 21 October and will star as the new Business Studies teacher at Gomora High School.

Her striking looks seem to have caught the eye of one of the students, and it’s none other than our very own Teddy. Teddy develops a massive crush, which possesses him to become a stalker.

The character is aptly described as a beautiful, calm, but intimidating teacher that is excellent at her job. She has to battle with the dilemma of unsolicited attention from her student and we’ll tag along for the ride to see how it end. But all we know is that it will end in tears.

The build up to Ndaba’s debut has already started on the socials and we wait to see if her character’s storyline will gel with the multiple narrative arcs in the telenovela.

So far, all we know is that Sihle’s character has a mirror. Therefore, she understands her sex appeal. And when Teddy lays his eyes on her, sparks fly.

You can check out the Mzansi Magic channel every weekday to see how the two tango.

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Bohlokwa Mpiti Latest Addition to Rhythm City Cast

New cast member joins Rhythm City.

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Bohlokwa Mpiti as Zak on Rhythm City

After introducing Mohale into the acting industry, Rhythm City is looking to fortify its cast with more new faces. Heeding the call to open the industry, the daily drama welcomes a young face to its roster in Bohlokwa Mpiti. The actor will make his debut this October playing the character of Zak, the love child between Ziyanda and Khulekani. 

Zak was conceived during a brief secret love affair before Khulekani met his wife, and Ziyanda’s sister Nandi.

 In an act of shame, Ziyanda’s family forced her to give the child away to be raised in a mission church by a woman called Maria and forbid her from mentioning his existence to anyone, especially Khulekani. 

 RELATED: MOHALE MOTAUNG JOINS RHYTHM CITY

With his foster mother Maria’s death, a reunion between mother and son, seems befitting; as Zak yearns for recognition from his biological parents. Will Ziyanda welcome him with open arms and accept him whole-heartedly?

More importantly, how will Khulekani react to the news that he has a son he didn’t know anything about? 

 Catch Bohlokwa Mpiti as Zak on Rhythm City making his debut on the 9th of October at 7:00PM on e.tv.

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