Generations (South African TV series)

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Generations: The Legacy
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Old title card
Genre Soap opera
Created by Mfundi Vundla

Connie Ferguson

Rapulana Seiphemo

Letoya Makhene

Manaka Ranaka

Denise Zimba

Ronnie Nyakale

Musa Ngema

Andisiwe Dweba

Vuyo Dabula

Thulisile Phongolo

Ivy Nkutha

Moopi Mothibeli

Asanda Foji

JT Medupi

Lebohang Mthunzi
Theme music composer Jonas Gwangwa, Claude Gombard
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 Skeem Saam
External links

Generations, re-branded as Generations: The Legacy 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.

Ratings and other news[edit]

The previous Generations was the most viewed soapie on South Africa television throughout its run, with over 7 million viewers. However after being rebranded as Generations: The Legacy, ratings dropped to 3 million viewers.

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 August 2014, the SABC and MMSV productions fired 16 of its cast members due to strikes.[1]


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”�

In August 2014, 16 of the actors were fired after being on strike for 2 weeks due to higher wage raise and three year contracts demand. The cast was replaced by a whole new cast and the show was renamed Generations: The Legacy which is set in the future


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. Before the introduction of Generations: The Legacy, the title music was by Trevor Jones. The theme song for Generations Legacy was composed by Jonas Gwangwa and Claude Gombard (stage-name Claude King). It was recorded and mixed by Claude Gombard at his Claude King Media Productions recording studio in Johannesburg, during the month of November, 2014. Jonas Gwangwa is featured on trombone and Claude Gombard on guitar, in the piece, which is titled Nomakanjani (meaning "anything and everything").

International Broadcast[edit]

Generations is currently airing in Jamaica on Television Jamaica (TVJ) which is four years behind in episodes. Four episodes are aired on Sundays back to back at 2:00pm local time and repeated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30am and 12:30pm local time(one episode for each day).



  1. ^ "Striking Generations stars fired". Channel 24. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
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