With almost every daily soapie tussling for better viewership rating, South Africa’s once-highest rated primetime show Generations: The Legacy has made strides to return to its former glory. While there has been a couple of departures away from the soapie, Mfundi Mvundla and co have also tapped household names in Mzansi television industry to fill the void.
After Rapulana Seiphemo left Generations, Moopi Mothibeli, who portrays the character Smangaliso Moroka also confirmed his departure from the soapie last month. We reported on the addition of Jo-Anne Reyneke to the cast of Generations, whose character Refilwe will appear this month. Find out everything there is to know about her in our soapie teasers provided by TVSA. Catch Generations every weekdays on SABC1 from Mondays to Fridays at 20h00.
Monday 3 August 2020
Episode 181 (1481)
Lesedi is recruited to try and get through to Mbali. Jerah offers his desperate friend some interesting advice. Gadaffi makes a wrong assumption and instantly loses it.
Tuesday 4 August 2020
Episode 182 (1482)
Nontle unwittingly ruins a special moment for her friend. Zitha’s blood runs cold when she sees what her man is up to. Lucy would rather take on a gangster than deal with a stubborn teenager.
Wednesday 5 August 2020
Episode 183 (1483)
Mazwi pushes too hard and causes a Mexican stand-off. Mpho talks himself into accepting Fikile’s proposal. Jack is not happy at the prospect of working with his arch enemy.
Thursday 6 August 2020
Episode 184 (1484)
Mbali lets her guard down for once. Tau realises he’s made a new enemy. The radio interview went down very well… or did it?
Friday 7 August 2020
Episode 185 (1485)
Zitha resents how a woman she cares nothing for always manages to complicate her life. Jerah gets shut down when he hits on the truth. Tshidi comes up against a brick wall at #Ezweni.
Monday 10 August 2020
Episode 186 (1486)
Mrekza is upset when he’s rejected yet again. Mazwi is on the warpath. Ben knows just how to make Fikile feel small.
Tuesday 11 August 2020
Episode 187 (1487)
Lucy knows Mbali is right but will she listen? Jack asks the unthinkable of his lover. Gadaffi isn’t happy to receive a visit from his ex.
Wednesday 12 August 2020
Episode 188 (1488)
Jerah’s words hit Mpho where it hurts. Who will win the vote for the soul of #Ezweni? Zitha flips her lid about what happened at the board meeting but her man can’t understand why.
Thursday 13 August 2020
Episode 189 (1489)
Lucy promises a tearful young girl this time round she’ll keep her promise. Fikile makes her lover feel as small as her ex made her feel. Tau makes a surprising discovery about his ‘brother’.
Friday 14 August 2020
Episode 190 (1490)
Mam’Sonto is shocked when Mbali freaks out after getting good news. Ben isn’t prepared for what his ex has to say. Tshidi is put on the spot when someone calls in a favour.
Monday 17 August 2020
Episode 191 (1491)
A fed up Zitha finally puts her foot down. Jerah is nervous about messing up another big opportunity. For Mpho, the breaking down of one relationship results in the healing of others.
Tuesday 18 August 2020
Episode 192 (1492)
Lucy’s mind is made up after meeting Thomazile. Oom Swanepoel has some very bad news to relay… Gadaffi spots a touching interaction and sees red.
Wednesday 19 August 2020
Episode 193 (1493)
Lesedi is manipulated into doing someone’s work for them. Tshidi realises her husband isn’t the pushover she thought he was. Jack proves once and for all where his loyalties.
Thursday 20 August 2020
Episode 194 (1494)
Mbali gets a rude awakening on her first morning in KZN… Zitha is more determined than ever to get her way. Jerah reveals he has a mean streak in him.
Friday 21 August 2020
Episode 195 (1495)
Lucy is starting to worry but Mrekza thinks she’s over-reacting. Mpho is floored to hear what Gadaffi is doing there. The big boss appoints the new Junior Producer for Flying News.
Monday 24 August 2020
Episode 196 (1496)
Thozamile is thrilled when she scores more from her deal than she expected. Tshidi overplays her hand with Kabisi. Lesedi finds out her ex stole her ideas.
Tuesday 25 August 2020
Episode 197 (1497)
Jerah’s manipulation tactics don’t seem to be working this time. Yster is only too happy to make some easy money. Zitha’s caught in the middle of a secret meeting…
Wednesday 26 August 2020
Episode 198 (1498)
Mazwi puts Sphe in an impossible position. Gog’Flo thinks her granddaughter is making a mistake. Jack is starting to smell a rat…
Thursday 27 August 2020
Episode 199 (1499)
Things get out of hand when Thozamile won’t cooperate. Tau should know better than to forbid Nontle from doing something… Everyone takes an instant liking to Refilwe (played by Jo-anne Reyneke), so what now of their big plan?
Friday 28 August 2020
Episode 200 (1500)
Tshidi eavesdrops on a conversation between two old acquaintances. Jerah and his “assistant’ are in trouble for not getting along. Mbali realises there are intruders in the house…
Monday 31 August 2020
Episode 201 (1501)
It’s a good idea to get leverage when you’re dancing with the devil. The podcast is ready but will it be good enough? Sphe is shocked by the findings of her medical examination.
Vusi Kunene Leaves Generations The Legacy – Not Coming Back
Another one bites the dust!
Vusi Kunene’s infamous character on Generations The Legacy, Jack Mabaso has exited the soapie in a bloody scene. And, we can safely assume that he won’t come back a third time around.
We reported last month that Generations’ numbers were in the decline, and some of the major stars have already jumped ship. Kunene’s character was arguably one of the biggest drawcard for the show and after five years, he’s bowing out.
It’s difficult to see how Generations will bounce back from the exodus that has seen actors such as Rapulana leave the soapie. The channel released a statement through their social media platform to show gratitude to Kunene for his tremendous work.
— SABC (@SABCPortal) May 10, 2021
Kunene was also appreciative of the experience he’s amassed playing the popular role.
“I’ve always had a serious passion for Jack. He is the most popular character I have ever played and bringing him to life has been a pleasure. I’m really going to miss everyone because Generations is like a family,” said Vusi.
Here’s a clip of the final episode of where Jack Mabaso is killed. The scene aired on Wednesday, May 12, where his enemies finally got the best of him.
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Generations: The Legacy Ratings on a Slow Decline
Viewer numbers dip further low.
The viewer numbers for ‘Generations: The Legacy’ are seeing a downward spiral, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Once the highest rated show in South Africa, the long-running television soap opera has seen a significant plunge in the number of people tuning in at 20:00 weekdays to catch up with the storylines on the Morula Pictures production.
According to top television commentator Phil Mphela, the show’s ratings averaged 6,4 million viewers in March 2021. In perspective, this is more than 2,2 million viewers lost since June 2020, and a further loss since December 2020.
TV: Generations losing viewers
Ratings on SA’s second most watched tv show have continued to decline in 2021
The show began the year with 6.97-million viewers and peaked at 6,6mil in February.
— Kgopolo Mphela ☕️ (@PhilMphela) April 12, 2021
QuenchSA reported in February that the series brought in 6 858 031 daily viewers by December 2020, making it the second highest rated show on SABC 1 after ‘Uzalo’. While that number looks good at first glance, it’s how much the series has continued to face a gradual decline in ratings that matters. In June 2020, Generations: The Legacy had over 8,7 million people tuning in to watch daily.
While that boost was mainly down to the initial lockdown, the loss of more than 2,2 million viewers in a matter of months suggests that audiences are tuning out from the show.
Things haven’t been the same for the show since it went off air in August 2014, when the 16 main cast members walked off the set and refused to resume filming following disputes over salaries, a cut of R500 million in royalties and three-year extended contracts.
Then known as ‘Generations’, the show was off air for a month between 30 September 2014 and 30 September 2014, returning with the ‘Generations: The Legacy’ rebrand on the first December that year.
Sello Maake Ka-Ncube Returns to ‘The Queen’
Guess who’s back?
He led the formidable cast that helped The Queen to strike ratings gold when the telenovela premiered in August 2016.
And years after he left, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is now expected to return to the daily drama television series in the coming months. The award winning South african actor will be back to resume on the portrayal of Kgotsile, Harriet Khoza’s brother.
The veteran actor’s presence on the set of the show also suggests that differences between him and the Fergusons. In 2020, he reportedly hinted in an interview with Isolezwe that his departure from the show had not been as smooth as most would believe. “The Fergusons can only be the one’s who will reveal the sketchy details surrounding my exit on the show”, he said to the newspaper at the time. “However I can confirm that, there was something that went wrong between us but they are best suited in letting the public know of what the reasons were.”
We never quite got down to those details, but all looks to be well.
The news of Maake Ka-Ncube’s return were shared by series producer Shona Ferguson, who dropped an awe inspiring clip of the cast applauding the actor from the set. While there’s no confirmation from production and M-Net at yet, there’s reason to believe that Kgotsile will be back on our screens in no time.
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After all, the Fergusons will have to play some of their best cards to sustain the relevance of the telenovela. Over the past year, the landscape has seen some significant shift. And now that Isibaya, once the highest rated television series across DStv, has recently aired its finale after eight seasons on air, times call for new moves.
With ‘Gomora’ currently dishing out epic storylines and maintaining its place as the most viewed programme on DStv, as well as DiepCity replacing Isibaya with hard hitting stories delivered by a fresh cast, The Queen will be needing to refashion their approach.