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1.12.14

#Generations goes back to its roots #TheLegacy on @Official_SABC1 tonight at 8pm

After a two month hiatus, SABC1’s money-spinning soapie Generations returns tomorrow. Buhle Mbonambi lists all that we know about the soap

Connie Ferguson reprises her role as Karabo Moroka on Generations: The Legacy. PIC"Media24/You
It’s been a turbulent few months in the local entertainment industry, especially with the firing of the 16 Generations actors. In a move that sent shock waves through the country, Mfundi Vundla who created Generations, fired all the principal cast members of the soap, including original cast member, Sophie Ndaba. 

The show came to an end in October and soon after production started on the new series Generations: The Legacy with a new cast and some old faces.

The Name
According to reports, the show will be going back to its roots. Quoted in Drum magazine, Vundla said: “It’s subtitled The Legacy because the Moroka children are coming back to continue the legacy of Paul Moroka… The people driving that legacy are the grandchildren of Paul and those are the young actors who will be joining the soapie.”

Rapulana Seiphemo as Tau Mogale. PIC: Generations
The Cast
Original cast member Connie Ferguson is returning as Karabo Moroka. We last saw her getting married to Tau Mogale (Rapulana Seiphemo)who will also be returning to the show. Connie and Rapulana’s return was rather controversial, as both were close to the fired actors, especially Connie. But then it’s show business and not a family business and hey, the show must go on. 
Denise Zimba as the unscrupulous Mary PIC: Supplied/DStv/Vuzu
Other familiar characters making a return are
JT Medupi will star as Jonathan Motene with Lebogang Mthunzi starring as his half sister, Angela Mogale. Tau had an affair with Julia Motene while she was married to Khaya Motene, who was Karabo’s ex-husband. The trouble-making Mary played by Denise Zimba returns as do siblings, Cosmo and Getty, played by Ronnie Nyakale and Andisiwe Dweba. Village gossip and coffee shop owner, Patricia, played by Noluvo Ntapu will also make a return. 

Letoya Makhene. PIC: SABC 3
New characters
Manaka Ranaka as Lucy, Letoya Makhene as Tshidi and Asanda Foji as Simphiwe, a model and actress. Thulisile Phongolo joins the show as Namhla, Vuyo Dabula will play the role of Gadaffi. Moopie Mothibeli will play Tau’s troublesome nephew, Smangaliso. Musa Ngema will be leaving 7de Laan to play Mazwi on the show. 
It must be said that it’s a good mix of experienced characters and newcomers. How long that will last is anyone’s guess. 

The Story
While it hasn’t been confirmed since there’s a moratorium of silence from SABC1 and the production company, the story is going to be about the second generation of the Moroka dynasty. Karabo Moroka Mogale is returning from London with her husband, Tau Mogale and his daughter, Angela. The Mogales, and not the Moroka family, are the new rulers of the empire, although the Moroka family is still represented by Karabo. Apparently the show will pick up at a funeral. Whose funeral we don’t know. It could possibly be Queen Moroka’s funeral? How else can they explain her absence on the show? 

Will Generations ever truly be the same?
Manaka Ranaka PIC: Mzansi Magic
No. How can Generations be Generations without Queen? As much as she had become a supporting actress, purely for comic reasons, she is one of the original cast members and she was the link between the original and the latest Generations.
Will we ever get closure on the story lines the show was busy with before it went off air? I still want to know how Ruby would have reacted when she found out that Kenneth had kidnapped Dineo and not Sibusiso. 

What we expect from Generations: The Legacy
A juicy story. It’s no secret that Generations was one of the most boring shows on TV, even with the high ratings. So as much as it was sad that it had to take the show’s actors to be fired for the show to be revamped, Vundla and his writers are going to have to deliver a compelling story to keep the viewers tuned in. 
I want scandal, drama and a bit of mystery on the show. TV shows are reliant on great writing for them to be a real success. Will Generations: The Legacy rise up to the challenge? Let’s hope so. 

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