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Skeem Saam actress Amanda Manku shows her baby bun

Amanda Manku Pregnant Skeem Saam

If you’ve been wondering what happened to Amanda Manku AKA Elizabeth Thobakgale on Skeem Saam, then this might just be your answer.

The actress who plays Elizabeth on the popular soapie, has revealed that she has a bun in the oven, on Instagram. The actress broke the news on Thursday and her fans couldn’t be happier for her.

Amanda Manku is a South African actress who was born in Zebediela, Limpopo. She is 25 years old and has already achieved half of her dreams in the career world. She first started her TV career as a presenter on Soweto TV. Amanda also had a role on the talk show, Dlala nge Ringas when she was only 16 years old in 2007.

Amanda also had a role as a presenter on SABC educational programmes which includes Matric Uploaded and Geleza Nathi. She also worked on Yo-TV and the Asidlali Soccer Show as a presenter. This shows how experienced Amanda is in the TV world. Her dream is to be in the production teams of most of the top shows in the country including sport shows.

“Then God said: Let there be light and there was light. Genesis 1:3. The best gift from the one I love.” she said.

Congratulations to Amanda and her baby daddy.

 

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Actor Khulu Skenjana wants African heroes

Actor Khulu Skenjana

South African actor Khulu Skenjana has revealed that he would like to be cast as an African superhero.

Speaking to ThisaLIVE, ‘The Imposter’ star commended Marvel’s decision to tell the story of African superhero Black Panther, but added that Africa needed heroes of its own to look up to.

“I still want to be a superhero. Let’s make Batman black,” he quipped.

Khulu also revealed that he studied ancient African tradition to question the impact colonisation had on the way Africans think.

Khulu explained that there are a number of African hero stories that have not been written, and that it needs to be shared.

“It’s an awareness of self. An awareness of what you are instead of what has been told about you through society. I am also aware that what we have been taught is tradition, has been tampered with,” he said.

“… there are number of African hero and superhero stories that have not been written. It is time for that. We need to start telling our own stories,” he said.

He believes that these stories could inspire Africans to change the way they think about themselves and the world.

Khulu has been cast in number of diverse roles over the years, the most recent being a slightly mentally unstable prison teacher in Mzansi Magic’s new drama series ‘The Imposter’.

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Leaving Muvhango was a difficult decision to make – Sindi Dlathu

Sindi Dlathu muvhango

A few weeks ago fans of Muvhango were left shocked after Sindi Dlathu confirmed that she will be leaving the show.

Speaking to Drum magazine Sindi admitted that her decision to leave was mostly guided by prayer and the support of her family.

“I prayed about it and had sleepless nights. Muvhango was my home for 20 years. But it wasn’t solely my choice to leave – I felt like it was God’s timing.”

Celebrating #muvhango20years

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People like her sister and her on-screen mother Cynthia Shange were her main source of support when she found herself struggling with the decision.

“When I spoke to the people who matter to me, they supported my decision. We discussed it, we all prayed and fasted about it. It wasn’t easy because they all know how much I love and still Love Muvhango. They know Muvhango came first for me for 20 years – it was my main focus. I gave my life to this show.” She told Drum.

She also thanked her husband for being a pillar of strength during this difficult time.

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Sdumo Mtshali is leaving Isibaya

Sdumo-mtshali

After reports that she is leaving Uzalo, actress Dawn Thandeka King rubbishes the claims. The actress says she is not going anyone. according to reports, Dawn resigned on the show to move back to Johannesburg to be with her family. “I hear people saying I am leaving Uzalo, I don’t know about that. I am not leaving,” she says brief.

Meanwhile, Isibaya’s Sdumo Mtshali who plays the character of Sibusiso Ndlovu posted a picture of him and Nomzamo Mbatha – his on-screen wife, Thandeka Zungu yesterday. He captioned the picture, “Goodbye” and people started asking questions if he was really leaving the soapie?

.. Goodbye

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When DRUM called him to confirm the news, he said he was still on-set and could not speak. In the soapie, Sibusiso was hit by a taxi driven by Ntandane, and he’s been in a comma since.

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Celia mourns Richard on Harvest

HARVEST Celia

Celia is grieving Richard in a way she never did for Mandla. Watch Harvest, Mondays at 9:30PM on etv. 

Celia blames herself for Richard’s death as she is fully aware that he died from the crocodile bile she gave him all those months ago.

But Ndoni and Clementine are able to break through Celia’s walls and she realises what she had was worth losing after all.

Despite all the tragedies, when the ladies have all finally found a kind of peace and Lindiwe destroys everything. She sends the Special Tactics Unit to raid the farm.

The widows flee, Funeka and the boys are arrested, the crop is poisoned and Ndoni leaves for rehab.

Watch Harvest every Monday at 9:30PM on e.tv and Wednesday at 8:30PM on eExtra. #Harvest

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Sfiso Ngema dies in a hijacking

Sfiso Ngema

Mampho is traumatised when Shakes tells her Sfiso Ngema has died. Rhythm City, weekdays at 7PM.

Sfiso and Mampho were just starting to take their relationship to the next level, when Shakes delivered terrible news that Sfiso was shot in an attempted hijacking and died a few hours later.

Watch the full episode here.

In real life, this was the tragic way in which Dumi Masilela, who played Sfiso, passed away in August.

With the support of Dumi’s family, the producers of Rhythm City decided to incorporate his death into his character’s exit.

“The show’s producers decided to use Sifiso’s exit story to pay tribute to Dumi’s work as an actor and highlight the tragedy of violence that plagues our cities,” said Yula Quinn Series producer of Rhythm City.

An on-screen memorial will be held for Sfiso Ngema on Wednesday, 18 October featuring Dumi’s real life mother, Sabatha Magdeline Masilela, and his brother Thabani Masilela.

Rest In Peace, Sfiso.

Watch Rhythm City, weekdays at 7PM. Follow the show on Twitter and like the Facebook page.

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Muvhango staff member in court for allegedly stealing R3-million from production

SABC2 Muvhango

A former senior manager of Muvhango has been arrested for allegedly siphoning over R3-million from the SABC television soapie’s petty cash. The former production manager made his first appearance at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg yesterday after he was nabbed on Sunday.

According to Sowetan, the man is facing fraud and theft charges. The charge sheet alleged that the man apparently created fictitious service providers and would sometimes pay out cash from the petty cash into his own account while pretending to pay service providers.

“The accused signed on the receipt book in lieu of allowing the recipient of the amounts mentioned… to sign as per the required company policy. The accused also did not use the company’s receipt books while doing so.

“The accused failed to give a detailed account of the recipients of the money and also could not give a sufficient description of the purpose of such payments,” reads the charge sheet.

The case was postponed to October 17 for plea and bail application, while the man remains in custody.

Word of Mouth Pictures general manager Ernest Manatha said he could not comment on the case.

Reports of theft at Muvhango first emerged last month with Sunday World stating that the loss would not affect the talent on the show.

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Sindi Dlathu leaves Muvhango

Sindi Dlathu Muvhango

It’s official- SABC 2 Muvhango has bid farewell to Sindi Dlathu. The actress known for playing head-strong Thandaza has been with the show since its inception in 1997. That’s 20 glorious whole years!

According to The Juice, Sindi said in a statement :“Muvhango has been more than a job to me, it has been my life for 20 years and I’ve loved and cherished every single moment of playing Thandaza. After 20 years I’ve decided to give the Thandaza character a break in order for me to grow as an artist, venture out to explore new opportunities and discover what I can do as an actress and as a human being.”



According to the press release, viewers can expect to see her until March next year after a riveting storyline. But according to Muvhango’s associate producer Morishe Matlejoane, the production is not bidding her a permanent farewell but freezing off a character, which means it might not be the last that we see of Thandaza as we know her. This also means that her character will not be recast. Sindi Dlathu will shoot her final scenes until the end of October 2017.

“I have cherished every single moment Sindi has been part of the shows I have done and she remains one of the most talented people I have ever worked with,” said Duma ka Ndlovu, creator and executive producer of Muvhango. “ I have loved working with her and was looking forward to watching her continued growth. I wish her nothing but the best as she continues to grow and I have no doubt that she will tackle any role and character that comes her way the same way she has handled Thandaza. I wish her continued success and may God continue to bless her.”

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Ferguson Films Present New Drama Series The Imposter

The Imposter

Ferguson Films, the incredibly popular producers behind shows such as Rockville, Igazi and Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela, The Queen present a new drama series called ‘The Imposter’ – a story about identical twins torn apart by evil.

According to DSTV, ‘The Imposter’ is a 13-part drama that follows a story of twin sisters, Mantwa and Matshepo Tau who find themselves at war as a consequence of a moment that changed their lives.

How exactly does this happen? One of the sisters breaks out of prison after spending seventeen years and takes over the wonderful life of her identical twin who is responsible for her incarceration.

Thishiwe Ziqubu takes the lead portraying the role of the twins alongside Mpumi Mpama (as Reginald), Khulu Skenjana (as Caesar), Omuhle Gela (as Lerato), Zenzo Nqobe (as Junior), Mary Twala (as Gogo), Owen Sejake (as Warden Moloisi) to name a few.

“We are excited with the reception our dramas have received from the viewers thus far. Our partnership with Ferguson Films has ensured that we attract an even larger audience. The Imposter is ground-breaking and it comes packed with all the ingredients of a great story touching on themes such as love, betrayal, revenge, secrets and manipulation,” says Reneilwe Sema, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

The Imposter premiers on Sunday, 8 October 2017 at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic, DSTV Channel 161.

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Actress Thuso Mbedu scores International Emmy nomination

Thuso Mbedu Emmy Award

Thuso Mbedu is a South African actress best known for her role as Kitso Medupe on the e.tv soapie Scandal! South African Actress Thuso Mbedu has scored an International Emmy nomination, the only nod the country has received for this year’s batch of nominees.

“It’s still surreal. I think it keeps processing as the day goes by. I have moments where I cry, just thanking God. I have moments where I remember everything I had to go through to get to where I am,” Mbedu gushed.

“Is’thunzi was a project that I got after not working for six months. So I remember going into that audition and saying I’m going to audition like it’s my last audition ever.  I’m seeing God’s work right now.”

Mbedu reveals that she found out about the wonderful news this morning on Twitter, when veteran actress Thembi Mtshali-Jones congratulated her.

Her acting work was submitted for Emmy consideration by Rapid Blue – the production company behind Is’thunzi.

“I found out about it this morning. Mama Thembi Mtshali-Jones congratulated me on Twitter. Then I went online to look and my name was there,” she said.

“Acting is a dream come true for me. Being recognized internationally, I would have never have expected for it to come this soon in my career. Just being nominated, and not even winning, it means that if you put in the work it’s all possible.”

Nominations for the 2017 International Emmy Awards were announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. There are 44 Nominees across 11 categories and 18 countries. Winners will be announced at a black-tie Ceremony on November 20, 2017 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

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