Gen­er­a­tions hunk to stay

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Gen­er­a­tions fans, re­lax! The soapie’s heart-throb, Vuyo Dab­ula, who plays the di­a­bol­i­cal char­ac­ter Gadaffi, is go­ing nowhere. Four months ago, he con­firmed he was leav­ing Gen­er­a­tions – The Le­gacy. The 38-year-old ac­tor was quoted as say­ing he be­lieved the qual­ity of his act­ing would be com­pro­mised if he stayed on the show. But Dab­ula, who was voted Mzansi’s Hunk of the Year at the Feather Awards last month, told City Press on Thurs­day that he had changed his mind and was not ready to leave.

Dab­ula spoke to City Press at the Gen­er­a­tions of­fices this week. “I just felt that it was too soon. I had in­tro­duced my­self to my new fans and the Gen­er­a­tions fam­ily. I have al­ready made a con­nec­tion with them.”

Another rea­son is the pop­u­lar­ity he is en­joy­ing from be­ing on TV ev­ery night of the week. He ad­mits that Gen­er­a­tions – The Le­gacy gave him his big break on TV.

“Gen­er­a­tions has cer­tainly made a lot more peo­ple no­tice me and it has ex­panded my brand.

“It has made it a lot eas­ier for me to pitch and ap­proach peo­ple about busi­ness,” he said, re­fer­ring to free­lance work and mas­ters of cer­e­monies gigs he has se­cured.

“Now peo­ple treat me dif­fer­ently af­ter Gen­er­a­tions. I have been get­ting a lot more at­ten­tion and re­spect. It is cer­tainly eas­ier [for me] to get through the gate than it is for the next per­son. “I am not go­ing any­where any­time soon,” he said. So does that mean Dab­ula was per­suaded to stay on to save the show?

Gen­er­a­tions – The Le­gacy pub­lic­ity man­ager Gaaratwe Mokhethi said on Fri­day: “Vuyo is stay­ing be­cause we have a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with him.

“He is pop­u­lar with the view­ers and that is why it was not a hard de­ci­sion to re­con­sider him,” she said.

Since June this year, the show has lost its top spot on SABC1 to new te­len­ov­ela Uzalo.

Uzalo has be­come the most watched show on South African TV, with an av­er­age daily view­er­ship of 7.6 mil­lion recorded be­tween Novem­ber 16 and 22, while Gen­er­a­tions – The Le­gacy sat at 6.1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to rat­ings from the SA TV Author­ity.

How­ever, Gen­er­a­tions cre­ator and pro­ducer Mfundi Vundla has never both­ered about Uzalo usurp­ing his long-held num­ber-one spot. Last month he told City Press that the new Gen­er­a­tions was still one of Mzansi’s top shows.

Asked if there was any truth to the ru­mours that he wanted to leave the show af­ter be­ing of­fered a role in a film, Dab­ula de­nied them. He de­clined to re­veal the name of the film, or his role in it. “I think there was a bit of mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion about the prepa­ra­tion work [on the film] that had to be done.

“I had to learn how to ride a horse in a short pe­riod of time and get ac­quainted with the horse that I was go­ing to be us­ing,” he ex­plained.

He said the film was shot in Dur­ban and he had to fly down, but he didn’t have time to pre­pare for the role.

Although many con­sider him to be a hot­tie, he doesn’t con­sider him­self one. “Peo­ple who say I am a hot­tie are con­vinc­ing me, be­cause I don’t think I am. But I think I work out hard and I look good un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances,” he blushed.

Dab­ula said the most dis­turb­ing thing a fan has said to him was that if she caught him alone, she would rape him. “That was re­ally shock­ing,” he said. “But the girls throw them­selves at me all the time.” His fans do love him. Pa­ballo Ra­mat­lotlo (20) from Pre­to­ria East said she only watches the show be­cause of Dab­ula. “He is hot, and he brings a dif­fer­ent edge and el­e­ment to the show.

“Be­sides his looks, he is tal­ented. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing more of him,” she said.

Diski Di­vas’ Feli­cia Modise (29) from Jo­han­nes­burg says there is no Gen­er­a­tions with­out Dab­ula. “Gadaffi is good-look­ing and I can’t wait for him to get out of jail,” she says.

Another trait Modise likes about the ac­tor is that he works hard at his craft.

Dab­ula’s New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are: “To love my­self enough to be hard on my­self, and to be more dis­ci­plined.”

He is also pas­sion­ate about fit­ness. “I am a health freak, and I am still try­ing to fig­ure out how to get into the fit­ness world and pack­age my brand.

“It will cer­tainly make it eas­ier to place my brand along­side oth­ers, un­like be­fore [the act­ing].”

He has projects lined up for the New Year. “I may be shoot­ing a film with pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Akin Omo­toso. I am look­ing for­ward to that,” he said.


Vuyo Dab­ula plays Gadaffi on the soapie Gen­er­a­tions – The Le­gacy Sin­disiwe Man­qele

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