Generations (South African TV series)

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Genre Soap opera
Created by Mfundi Vundla
Starring Sophie Ndaba
Menzi Ngubane
Nambitha Mpumlwana
Mandla Gaduka
Winnie Modise
Katlego Danke
Zenande Mfenyana
Slindile Nodangala
Anga Makubalo
Zikhona Sodlaka
Seputla Sebogodi
Thato Molamu
Zolisa Xaluva
Theme music composer Trevor Jones
Country of origin South Africa
Original language(s) Multilingual (Subtitles included)
No. of episodes 3395 (as of 31 July 2011)
Producer(s) Mfundi Vundla
Distributor Morula Pictures
Original channel SABC1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run 1994 – present
Related shows Isidingo
External links

Generations is a South African soap opera which first aired on SABC 1 in 1994. It was created and in produced by Mfundi Vundla. It airs from Monday to Friday at 20h00 on SABC 1.


The backdrop of Generations is the advertising industry, with a storyline that celebrates the dreams and aspirations of South Africans. As in all soaps rivalry, treachery and blackmail between siblings and friends and foes alike make Generations one of the most forceful dramas South Africa has ever produced. Suspense, intrigue and tension are the order of the day as the plot unfolds and romance influences relationships between warring parties. Its just the reality of the present generation's life style of the present decade.

Rating and other news[edit]

Generations has been rated as the most viewed soapie on South Africa television throughout its run. The last figure captured showed that is it viewed by many more than 10 million people daily.

Generations is the first TV series in South Africa to partner with real cooperations and companies to advertise their products and services on the TV series. This was done in a manner where these partners were included in some part of the scripts. This has already happen with three South African companies i.e. Pep Stores, Capitec Bank and Smart Gym.


In 2008, the show's producer Mfundi Vundla snubbed the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) by rejecting any nomination for the soapie and its dazzling stars. Vundla has apparently taken the fight back to SAFTA, who had snubbed him by not having a single winner from Generations the previous year despite the fact that it was, in his opinion, the best soapie on local television and allegedly boasts some of the best actors in the country.

In a letter addressed to his staff, Vundla reportedly requested that they do not attend the awards function “to avoid creating the impression that Generations in any way supports SAFTA... ”. Vundla also criticised the judging procedure for not being properly administered or transparent and said politics influenced the adjudication process. Vundla complained that certain nominations were “inaccurate or simply absurd”�


The show has had changes in the opening sequence, most notably the change in the title music of the show. The 2007 change from the original Jonas Gwangwa composition, followed by Mandla "Spikiri" Mofokeng's theme music. The current title music is by Trevor Jones.

Principal Cast[edit]

Character Actor
Queen Moroka Sophie Ndaba
Sibusiso Dlomo Menzi Ngubane
Mawande Memela Nambitha Mpumlwana
Jason Dlomo Zolisa Xaluva
Dineo Dlomo Katlego Danke
Khethiwe Buthelezi-Ngcobo Winnie Modise
Isabel van Heerden Carina Nel
Noluntu Memela Zenande Mfenyana
MJ Memela Anga Makubaloo
Ruby Dikobe Slindile Nodangala
Phenyo Dlomo Melusi Yeni
Choppa Maithufi Mandla Gaduka
Akhona Memela Maggie Benedict
Nicholas Nomvete Thato Molamu
Scott Nomvete Luthuli Semosa
Senzo Dlomo Thami Mngqolo

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