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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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‘Imbewu – The Seed’ Shuts Down Production Amid COVID-19 Scare

The KZN set is being cleaned up now.

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Merely weeks after The River had to halt the production of new episodes after a crew member had tested positive for COVID-19, Imbewu has now suffered the same fate.

And with Muvhango‘s doors now closed due to the possibility of a crew being exposed to the virus via close contact, the number of daily South African television show affected is starting to add up.

e.tv confirmed in a statement that the daily soapie, which airs on the free to air channel at 21:30, has to close down the KZN set and cease the taping of new material following a positive case from one of the crew members.

The channel said in the statement that the set will now “undergo deep cleaning to further minimize the risk of contamination, as per COVID-19 protocols.”

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There’s no word on the identity of the crew member in question. “In respecting the privacy of our talent, cast and crew’s medical and health matters, we will not be issuing the names of any affected individuals”, e.tv explained.

Adding, “The health of affected employees will be monitored over time, and filming will resume when it is safe to do so as to set out by health authorities. All COVID-19, Level 3 protocols, and guidelines will once again be adhered to with stringent controls once the required cast and crew are back on set.”

Viewers of the can continue watching the show weekdays at 21:30 on e.tv

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Rapulana Seiphemo Leaves Generations

On to greener pastures!

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Rapulana Seiphemo was one of the last standing actors that survived the plunge of Generations the original SACB 1 soapie. He returned to reprise his role as Tau Mohale on Generations: The Legacy years after, and the thespian is now bouncing…again.

Last week, we reported that Rapulana was joining The Queen, and at the time, it was suggested that he was going to juggle both characters. Seiphemo had received permission from the producers of Generations: The Legacy to join The Queen as a Tembisa cop while under contract. While viewers will still see him on their television sets, he is scheduled to make his exit from the soapie in October.

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Another actor pulling away from the soapie was veteran Vusi Kunene, who made his debut on Gomora last week. The cast of Generations The Legacy is getting new additions as well as old faces to fill in the void. Letoya Makhene who portray the character of Tshidi Phakade will make her return after leaving the show a year ago.

Set to brighten up the studio is the beautiful Tidimalo Sehlako, who is no stranger to the camera. Sehlako will be making her acting debut on the soapie, but has previously appeared on Mzansi Magic’s Isithembiso as well as BET Africa. She will star as Nthabiseng, the head of Jambo Baba.

Don’t miss all of the developments on the soapie every weekday at 20:00 pm on SABC 1.

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February List of Mzansi Magic telenovela Isibaya Teasers

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Get the scoop on Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Isibaya by reading the latest soapie teasers provided by TVSA. With additions to an already stellar cast, you can be sure that these teasers will add an extra element to the show. Here’s a taste of what’s to expect this month with the latest Isibaya teasers.


Monday 3 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 236

Ntwenhle stands up to Qondi, she has had enough of being told what to do. Mpiyakhe surprises Phumelele, in a good way.

Tuesday 4 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 237

Judas has a plan to create a diversion and get his money. Phumelele stands up to Mkabayi, and Mpiyakhe makes a shocking discovery.

Wednesday 5 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 238

Mpiyakhe is furious at his discovery. Phumelele makes a life changing decision. Judas and Beauty put their plan to get the money into action.

Thursday 6 February 2020
Episode 239

Judas and Beauty celebrate in style.  Phumelele says her farewells to KwaManzini. Ntwenhle is surprised to find Busi has defied her and is back at work.

Friday 7 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 240

Busi’s sneaking suspicions are confirmed when she sees Ntwehnle and Jabu in a compromising situation. Phumelele looks for a place of her own, but gets some shocking news.


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Monday 10 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 241

Busi lets Ntwenhle know she is going to use her leverage well. Phumelele is shocked at Mpiyakhe’s action, and Judas reaches out to Jonas.

Tuesday 11 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 242

Jonas is captured when he goes to hire an inkabi. Fenyang offers to help Phumelele find a divorce lawyer. Ntwenhle is blackmailed by Busi.

Wednesday 12 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 243

The Zungu children are split over their parent’s separation. Thandi and Bongani are surprised by Ntwenhle’s renewed friendship with Busi.

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Thursday 13 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 244

Word gets out about the Zungu divorce, and Mpiyakhe finds out Fenyang is advising Phumelele. Skhaleni gets very exciting news.

Friday 14 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 245

Phumelele has a miserable Valentine’s Day while Judas and Beauty celebrate their love. Jabu and Ntwenhle realize Busi has big plans, and they are going to have to help her if they want their secret kept.


Monday 17 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 246

S’bu discovers Jabu and Ntwenhle’s secret and confronts Jabu. Pam and Skhaleni have different views on what to do with his win.

Tuesday 18 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 247

Jabu plans to break up with Ntwenhle. Pam wants to make up with Skhaleni, but when she discovers he is using the money to help other people, she decides to save him from himself.

Wednesday 19 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 248

Ntwenhle begs Jabu to run away with her, and start a new life. Skhaleni is devastated when he discovers his money has been stolen.

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Thursday 20 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 249

Ntwenhle is disappointed to meet with Mkabayi and not Jabu. Skhaleni thinks Nolwandle has stolen his money.

Friday 21 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 250

Ntwenhle is sick, she dares to take a pregnancy test. Skhaleni works out who the real thief is. Jonas has Judas’ passports. They arrange to meet, as Blade and Fezile listen in.


Monday 24 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 251

Judas and Beauty prepare to meet Jonas to get their passports. Jabu tries to support his siblings in Joburg as Ntwenhle wonders what to do about her situation.

Tuesday 25 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 252

Judas visits KwaManzini in disguise and drops a poisoned water melon. Phumelele and Fenyang have a close call.

Wednesday 26 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 253

Ntwenhle confides in Khanyi who is shocked to hear what she is contemplating. Judas is desperate to get to his wife, in fury he retaliates against the Zungus.

Thursday 27 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 254

The Zungus and Ndlovus reel in the shock of what has happened to Thandeka. Dabula is told about Ntwenhle’s secret and is thrilled.

Friday 28 February 2020
Isibaya Episode 255

Jabu discovers Ntwenhle’s secret and tries to reach her. Judas is desperate and takes Siphokazi and the nurses at the hospital ICU as hostages, demanding a surgeon, a helicopter and safe passage to Mozambique.

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