MONDAY 01 MARCH – ep 236
Sibongile asks challenging questions about the past. Cebisile tries to convince Sibongile to stay out of Zungu business. Nolwandle gives a stirring speech as chaos breaks out. S’Khaleni wants to commit murder and the Ndlovu gear up for war.
TUESDAY 02 MARCH – ep 237
An attack on KwaManzini has tragic consequences. Saddam and Mbomvu come to blows over an unusual task Dabula sets them. Samson and Khanyi disagree on what to do with Bongani. S’bu has to act fast to stop Andile. Dabula makes a shocking announcement.
WEDNESDAY 03 MARCH – ep 238
Siza chooses family over love.Tensions between Saddam and Mbomvu reach a fever pitch and they end up exchanging blows. Mbomvu wants the Ngwenya’s banishedexcept Lillian. Meanwhile Sihle is set on finding out what Dabula is up to.
THURSDAY 04 MARCH – ep 239
Fezile decides they have to strike back at the Ndlovus. Samson tells Mandla they have to attack the Zungus before they attack them first. Sihle vows no woman will marry Dabula while she’s still alive. S’bu confronts the Ngwenyas for their stoking the flames of war.
FRIDAY 05 MARCH – ep 240
Things between Qaphela and S’bu intensify, whilewar seems imminent in the valley. Samson decides to use S’bu’s absence to his advantage. Dabula plans to announce the good news to his guest but unknown to him danger lurks in the shadows.
MONDAY 08 MARCH – ep 241
A shocking attack on the Chief upsets the balance in the valley. Mbomvu makes a horrific discovery. S’bu arrives unexpectedly at Protea and connects with Siza. Meanwhile things between the Zungus and Ndlovus intensify.
TUESDAY 09 MARCH– ep 242
Jabu is desperate to stop yet another war between the Zungus and Ndlovus. Things between Lillian and Saddam get worse while Mandla is given an impossible task for the safety of the Ndlovus. Gadla reveals a shocking family secret.
WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH – ep 243
Jabu entire world is turned upside down when Mkabayi tells him the truth about the past. Mandla can’t go through with Samson’s orders. The person behind the attack on Dabula is revealed. The doctor gives Dabula devastating news.
THURSDAY 11 MARCH – ep 244
War breaks out between the Zungus and the Ndlovus. S’bu is torn between love and duty. Mbomvu lies to Dabula about the state of things at emarondweni. Saddam gets suspicious when he returns and Lillian is nowhere to be found. Jabu is desperate to stop the war.
FRIDAY 12 MARCH– ep 245
Lillian and Saddam get into a terrible fight but real truths end up coming out. Andile continues manipulating Siza.S’bu tells Siza to really seek the truth. Melusi tries to stop the war but ends up putting himself in grave danger.
MONDAY 15 MARCH – ep 246
The battle is locked in a dangerous stalemate while things look considerably bad for Melusi. Bhekumuzi and Sibongile struggle to come to Melusi’s aid. Saddam accidentally reveals the truth to Dabula. Jabu and S’bu have to come together to bring peace.
TUESDAY 16 MARCH– ep 247
Mpihlangene is furious Jabu intervened and calls him weak. Amanda tells Cebisile to stop lying to Fenyang. After a heated argument with Fenyang, Amanda pays Phumelele a visit in hospital. Andile pays Dabula a visit.
WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH – ep 248
Dabula checks himself out of hospital on a mission. S’bu has to come to his family’s defence when the Chief comes knocking. Amanda decides to take matters into her own hands. Nolwandle encourages Fezile to stand on his own.
THURSDAY 18 MARCH – ep249
Jabu and Mpihlangene are still at odds with each other. Meanwhile the Ngwenyas worry Dabula is roping them into more trouble. Sibongile gives Jabu insight about his father and Dabula continues making dangerous plans for thevalley.
FRIDAY 19 MARCH – ep 250
Just when S’bu and Siza are hopeful about the future, tragedy strikes the Ndlovus. Phumelele discovers something shocking about Thokozani, while Bhekumuzi tells Jabu where his loyalties really lie.
MONDAY 22 MARCH – ep 251
As a shocking murder shakes the world, Mkabayi returns. Dabula moves to cover his tracks. S’bu and the Ndlovu seem determined to get revenge. Phumelele finds out some surprising news about Mpiyakhe’s will.
TUESDAY 23 MARCH – ep 252
Gadla is doubtful about Mpihlangene claims about Jabu. Jabu gets an idea to put all doubt to rest. Ntwenhle confronts Jabu and he worries about what S’bu will do. Mpihlangene stokes the fires of war.
WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH – ep 253
Jabu wants to go pay his respects but the family refuses. Dabula is livid when Londiwe tells him she couldn’t plant the listening device. S’bu blames himself for the death in the family. Jabu takes matters into his own hands much to Mpihlangene’s irritation.
THURSDAY 25 MARCH – ep 254
Things between Phumelele and Fenyang get tense over her inheritance. Jabu manipulates Mpihlangene into getting what he wants. Ntwenhle is determined to find the truth about what happened to her friend.
FRIDAY 26 MARCH – ep 255
The war between the Ndlovus and Zungus escalates unaware of the third force pulling the strings. S’bu cuts ties with the Zungus. Jerry has a price to keep quiet about Mbomvu and Lillian, but it’s not money.
MONDAY 29 MARCH – ep 256
Mpihlangene tries to manipulate Phumelele out of her inheritance. Lillian attempts to win over Londiwe, but things don’t go as planned. Mandla informs the Ndlovu men the war is back on while Jabu tries desperately to figure out a way to stop it.
TUESDAY 30 MARCH – ep 257
Phumelele and Cebisile lock horns over Fenyang. Bhekumuzi is torn between loyalty and love. Dabula tasks Saddam with turning Mpihlangene over to their side. Tragedy strikes the Zungus while trying to negotiate peace.
WEDNESDAY 31 MARCH – ep 258
Fezile gets life changing news. Mpihlangene realizes no one respects him at KwaManzini. Saddam and Lillian have a serious fight about Mbomvu. Sihle offers Dabula an explosive new idea to deal with his enemies.
S8 – APRIL SUMMARIES 2021
THURSDAY 01 APRIL – ep 259
The Zungus and Ndlovus finally realise who the real enemy is. Dabula has already set his final deadly plan in motion but complications arise. Mpihlangene schemes against the family. Ntwenhle arms herself for her meeting with Dabula.
FRIDAY 02 APRIL – ep 260
The season and series finale. As lifelong feuds race towards their final conclusion, it remains to be seen who will live, who will die and who will get the happy endings they deserve.
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.
Ntokozo Gets the Shock of his Life on ‘Gomora’!
Jaw. On. The. Floor
The lead up to Friday night (9 April 2021 at 19:30)’s episode of Gomora had all the workings of a crime thriller decking out its most spine chilling plots towards an inferno of disasters. Two things; by the end of Thursday night, Nomsa had finally made a breakthrough in her search for the real killer of her late son Dumisane, whom we now know if in fact Jomo.
The hush-money Sonto paid the doctor to cover up the truth about Jomo’s murder only went so far, as a nurse later promised to give Nomsa the real 411 at an undisclosed location and with no one in sight. Was Nomsa about to find out that her temp boss is in fact the one who smothered her son to death with a pillow?
As if that was not enough to make us mize absolutely everything to catch this episode, Friday marked the last day for Nthati to tell Langa and Melusi that they are biological father and son.
Gladys had cornered her the day before. After their failed attempts at bonding over the secret with ridiculous plans to cover it up even further, Gladys suddenly went a full 180 and gave Nthati an ultimatum; either she fesses up to her dirt, or Gladys would gladly do it. You know Gladys was ready to snitch.
On both accounts, the Mzansi Magic telenovela came all the way through! And, they blindsided all of us, coming in from directions we might have not foreseen.
Although Nomsa met up with the nurse at the joint, all she was able to confirm was that indeed, her son’s death was down to foul play. Now she’s sobbing uncontrollably, begging the nurse to come forward with the information to the po po’s. Imagine having that much faith in the justice system. Although she didn’t get much further from this point, she was able to get Jomo’s clothes from the nurse.
It’s amongst these that she found an old letter with nothing but the truth. She knows every damn thing!
And then, of course, our favourite storyline, the dramatic build up to the revelation of Langa’s true paternity. The big moment came after Langa’s tech expo. Gladys and Nthati meet outside, where Gladys puts the pressure on Nthati to tell the truth. They start arguing back and forth. That’s when Ntokozo walks in on them, and stands close enough to hear, very clearly, that his father, is also the biological father of his friend.
The writers wanted to leave us knowing that Nthati and Gladys are both aware that Ntokozo has just found out because while he was standing there, his phone rang.
Congratulations girls you have played. Each other.
Gomora airs Mondays to Friday at 19:30 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.