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
Starring see below
Theme music composer Jonas Gwangwa, Claude Gombard
Country of origin South Africa
Original language(s) Multilingual (subtitles included)
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 518 (as of 13 December 2016)
Producer(s) Mfundi Vundla
Running time 30 minutes
Distributor Morula Pictures
Original network SABC1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
First shown in South Africa
Original release 1 December 2014 (2014-12-01)
Preceded by Generations (February 1994 -September 2014)
Related shows Backstage
External links

Generations is a South African soap opera which first premiered on SABC 1 in 1994. It was created and is produced by Mfundi Vundla and airs weekdays at 20h00 on SABC 1.It has a Stellar cast when it returned in December 2014 it starred Connie Ferguson and Rapulane seiphemo as the main protagonist and it also starred Musa Ngema and Asanda Foji as The Secondary Protagonists, Manaka Ranaka and Vuyo Dabula starred as the main antagonist as well as Letoya Makhene and Ronnie Nyakale star as the antagonist

Set against the backdrop of the advertising industry, this drama celebrates the hopes and dreams of South Africans who aspire to a better future.

The show has received positive reviews throughout its run. Production of the series stopped on 11 August 2014 when 16 principal actors(Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Anga Makubalo, Mandla Gaduka, Katlego Danke and Thato Molamu, etc.) started withholding their services following wage disputes, a cut of R500 million in royalties and three-year extended contracts.This happend at the same time when the cast of the popular United States CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory were also on strike.

From 30 September 2014 to 30 November 2014, the series was put on hiatus, following the dispute with 16 actors, who were fired from the show on 18 August 2014 after a week-long strike. Fans were urged not to watch the show in support of the 16 actors. The SA audience research foundation confirmed that instead viewership increased from the usual 7 million to 10 million viewers a night prior to the announcement of the subsequent sacking.

The soap however made a return on 1 December 2014 under a new name, Generations: The Legacy, with some of the old cast members from the original series. The show received generally negative reviews from the public in its first week of airing, but the viewers warmed to the revamped show in the next couple of weeks following its return. Generations : The Legacy currently maintains its number 1 spot with 8 million viewers which is more than the original series

Since August 2015 various sources had confirmed that Vusi Kunene,who portrayed the character 'Jack Mabaso' in the first original series, would reprise his role.


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 are common . 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 lifestyle, where conflicts are ubiquitous and endless.With themes of witchcraft and magic it includes African influences.

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. However, after a few weeks back on air the viewership improved once again with the show occupying 60.2% of the market share during the 20:00 timeslot.

Generations is the first TV series in South Africa to partner with real corporations 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 cast. 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".

Mfundi Vundla has been accused of advertising the use of witchcraft and adultery during the course of the show.


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: The 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 1:00pm local time and repeated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:30am and 12:30pm local time (one episode for each day).[3]


Current cast[edit]

Main cast

Actor Role
Vuyo Dabula Kumkani "Gadaffi" Phakade
Mnqobi Duma Bafana "Fana" Mabaso
Andisiwe Dweba Gertrude "Getty" Diale
Vusi Kunene Jack Mabaso
Letoya Makhene Matshidiso "Tshidi" Mogale
Chiedza Mhende Wandile Radebe
Pearl Monama Sipheshle "Sphe" Cele-Moroka
Moopi Mothibeli Smangaliso "Smanga" Moroka
Musa Ngema Mazwi Moroka
Ivy Nkutha Florence "Gog'Flo" Diale
Ronnie Nyakale Thembinkosi "Cosmo" Diale
Thulisile Phongolo Namhla Diale
Manaka Ranaka Lucy Diale
Rapulana Seiphemo Mziwoxolo "Tau" Mogale
Thando Thabethe Nolwazi Buzo

Recurring cast

Actor Role
Abigail Kubeka Zondiwe Mogale
Mahlatse Letoka Xolelwa
Joe Mafela Tebogo Moroka
Luyanda Mzazi Lesedi
Noluva Ntapu Patricia
Unknown Actor Yster

Former cast[edit]

Renewed series

Actor Role
Connie Ferguson Karabo Moroka
Asanda Foji Simphiwe Ngobese-Moroka
JT Medupi Jonathan Motene
Kabelo Moalusi Siya Radebe
Lebohang Mthunzi Angela Mogale-Radebe
Mutodi Nesheshe Zola Radebe
Nkululeko Tshirumbula Vuyo Radebe
Denise Zimba Mary Gumede

Original series

Actor Role
Katlego Danke Dineo Tlhaole
Mandla Gaduka Selwyn "Choppa" Maithufi
Atandwa Kani Samora Lembede
Anga Makubalo Bandile "MJ" Dlomo
Zenande Mfeyana Noluntu Memela
Thami Mngqolo Senzo Dlomo
Thato Molamu Nicholas Nomvete
Nambitha Mpumlwana Mawande Memela
Sophie Ndaba Queen Moroka
Menzi Ngubane Sibusiso "Ngamla" Dlomo
Slindile Nodangala Ruby Dikobe
Winnie Nsthaba Khetiwe Buthelezi
Seputla Sebogodi Kenneth Mashaba
Patrick Shai Patrick Tlaole
Zikhona Sodlaka Priska Nomvete
Zolisa Xaluva Jason Malinga



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