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.
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.
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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.
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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Meet the Cast of SABC 3’s New Telenovela ‘The Estate’
Synopsis of the new SABC 3 telenovela plus all the cast members!
Since the cancellation of Isidingo, SABC 3 hadn’t announced a show that would occupy the primetime slot that would garner the same TV ratings as the staple did for so many years. With the introduction of the new telenovela, The Estate, the soapie is projected to bring the channel back to its former glory.
The public broadcaster is pulling out all the stops with this drama series, roping in a Clive Morris Production to ensure the success of the venture. CMP has a stellar catalogue, bringing you shows such as BET Africa’s Isono and eTV’s Broken Vows just to name a few.
The show is based on a super-wealthy, gated community in Echelon Estate. It follows the lives of the affluent families that reside there and it juxtaposes the experience of struggling working class in the periphery.
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The Estate tackles some of the prevalent issues in South Africa such as land claims, corruption and classism that viewers will be able to resonate with. Moreover, it wouldn’t be a telenovela without touching on the themes of love, betrayal, deceit, money and power dynamics.
Meet the Cast of The Estate
The residents of Echelon Estate all bring a fresh dynamic to the show. The families includes the Phakathwayos, the Molefes, the Mokobanes, the Le Rouxs, the Van Wyks and the newcomers.
The cast that will bring these characters to life is made up of familiar faces in the industry. The likes of Sdumo Mtshali, Don Mlangeni, Dineo Moeketsi Langa, and Clementine Mosimane have been the faces of soapies for years and will add to the lustre of the show.
Don’t miss the premier of the television show, scheduled to start airing from April 2021 at 19:30.
Real Reason Why Thandeka Dawn King Left Uzalo
Thandeka Dawn King Exits Uzalo after 5 Years!
The buhlungus never phel…
2021 is proof of this Zulu proverb. Uzalo star, Thandeka Dawn King who portrays the character of Mangcobo is set to exit the SABC 1 soapie. The news was broken by Phil Mphela on his #KgopoloReports updates on Twitter.
In the tweet, the entertainment commentator alluded to King leaving Uzalo for a new lead role in Black Brain Picture series dubbed “Diepsloot”.
CASTING NEWS: Dawn Thandeka King to lead new series
Former Uzalo star, will play lead on a new series produced by Black Brain Pictures.
— Kgopolo Mphela (@PhilMphela) January 10, 2021
Thandeka has been the main drawcard on the soapie for five years. According to reports, the 43 year old opted not to renew her contract with the soapie for the seventh season.
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King has taken time off the soapie before to record other projects such as five seasons of Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown. There is no suggestion that this will be the last time we see her on the show.
The odds of her returning anytime soon are slim, as the actress will be relocating to Johannesburg.
Thandeka is one of many superstars that has quit the show amid dwindling television ratings and a threat of cancellation by the public broadcaster. Fan-favourite Khaya Dladla is displaying his range after he left the show’s flamboyant role as GC.
Our eyes will be glued to the screen in anticipation of Thandeka’s new project as well as what to make of Uzalo’s storyline after her exit.