After much buzz, the new 1Magic telenovela premiered on Monday, March 22nd. Within 10 minutes there was a murder. By the end of the episode, there had been a spine-chilling attempt to murder Mandla, the show’s lead character. Quite Game of Thrones.
The daily drama unleashed a fast-paced succession of dramatic revelations and plot twists and made sure to leave viewers with a cliffhanger to drive tune in for the second episode.
Mandla Cele (Patrick Mofokeng) is a business powerhouse with an enviable life on the exterior. He has a beautiful family, a lovely mansion, and back-to-back million Rand deals thanks to his high-powered network in high places.
The next thing we know, his life is in shambles. The famed tenderpreneur’s world quickly comes crashing down when he walks in on Robert Nondumo (Luzuko Nkqeto), the Joburg Mayor, seconds after committing a gruesome murder.
Cele flees the scene, hysterically driving back to his house where he hopes to find his wife Puleng for an escape plan after what he’d just witnessed. To the shock of his life, he finds her in the sheets with… the help.
As if his day hadn’t been traumatic enough, Cele couldn’t believe his eyes when he walked into his bedroom to find his assistant Papi (Thato Molamu) in bed with his wife. It hadn’t been that long since he left the two preparing for the kids to go to school earlier that morning. And now you are romping each other in my bed? With a gun in his hand, he demanded answers. How long had the affair gone on for? Also, what the hell?
It’s during that commotion that another gunshot went off! Initially, viewers might have thought it’s the hit the mayor had placed on him to be killed by close of business. Turns out its Puleng that shot her husband from behind.
BURYING THE BODY
Papi and Puleng decided to cover up their crime and remove every bit of evidence. So they dragged Mandla’s body and loaded it on the boot, when the hitman eventually arrived and busted them. Finding out they’d already done his job, he still ran game on them. Threatening to expose them, he pulled out his phone while keeping them at gunpoint. Puleng eventually makes the offer to buy his silence.
The cheaters now drive far out in Joburg to throw away Cele’s body. During a heated argument, they stop the car by the bridge. That’s when Mandla, who turns out to be conscious still, leaps out from the boot pleading for his life. Papi wouldn’t budge, but Puleng showed mercy. During this back and forth, Mandla jumps over the bridge. Papi fires several shots, hoping to have finished him off. But it’s dark…
A HIDDEN LIFE
We’d found out by the second episode that Mandla survived. The show fast forwards to 10 years. Mandla has suffered memory loss and has no idea of his past. He has, however, built a life with his wife Seipati – who discovered him by the river – and his children. The plot twist comes at the end of the episode when we find out Seipati knows exactly who he really is, but has opted to keep this information from him.
OUR TAKE SO FAR
I loved the speed. Within the first 30 minutes of the show’s debut, a lot of areas were covered. The villians were established. The plot twist was delivered and a cliffhanger was executed. The main plot is interesting enough, and the cast has delivered some pretty decent performances.
We are going to have to give this show some time, however. There are parts that felt a little bit rushed. But the overall show has been decent. Again, time.
Lingashoni airs Mondays to Thursdays at 19:30 on 1Magic, DStv channel 103.
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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.