Queen and Khethiwe re­unite with Vundla

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For­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tresses So­phie Nd­aba and Win­nie Nt­shaba have re­united with their for­mer boss, Gen­er­a­tions creator Mfundi Vundla, but this time as the pro­duc­ers of a new drama se­ries.

In 2014, Vundla ter­mi­nated 16 Gen­er­a­tions cast mem­bers’ con­tracts. This week, Nd­aba told City Press that they had buried the past and had forged a new al­liance.

“Win­nie Nt­shaba and I have a pro­duc­tion com­pany called Te­gasyx, which will be men­tored by MMSV Pro­duc­tions [Vundla’s com­pany],” she said.

Vundla said that “there are no per­ma­nent grudges”, re­fer­ring to the past dis­pute with the for­mer Gen­er­a­tions stars.

“We have few fe­male pro­duc­ers in South Africa and it’s about time we see fe­male pro­duc­ers show­ing off their tal­ents,” he said.

He said he be­lieved that this was an op­por­tu­nity for the pair to do what they love.

“This is an idea that came with the SABC – that I should men­tor ac­tors,” he said.

“When So­phie and Win­nie came to my of­fice to ex­press the de­sire to work with me, I wel­comed them,” Vundla said.

Nt­shaba said she was ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Vundla again. “When you want to grow in life, you have to put other things aside. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son and I be­lieve it was part of God’s plan to work with him again.” She said she be­lieved that Vundla was a pioneer and they were go­ing to learn a lot from him. Vundla will also be cast­ing these stars in a new drama/com­edy se­ries called Queen of Hearts. “In Queen of Hearts, they will be known by their pop­u­lar Gen­er­a­tions char­ac­ter names: Queen and Win­nie,” he said. He said while they shoot Queen of Hearts, he would train them as pro­duc­ers. Nd­aba ex­plained that be­fore she left Gen­er­a­tions, she ap­proached the SABC and told it about her in­ten­tion to start her own pro­duc­tion com­pany, and when the op­por­tu­nity came along to work with Vundla, she grabbed it with both hands. This week the ques­tion that was on ev­ery­one’s lips was, how were they se­lected to be part of the SABC’s in­ter­nal men­tor­ship pro­gramme? Nd­aba said: “I have knocked on doors at the SABC and we have pitched our ideas to the con­tent team sev­eral times. We never gave up.” On Tues­day, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng re­vealed that Nd­aba, Nt­shaba, Khanyi Mbau, Pearl Mo­di­adie, Ntombi Mzolo, Somizi Mh­longo, Arthur Mafokate and oth­ers were part of the broad­caster’s R600 mil­lion plan to em­power and men­tor lo­cal pro­duc­tion houses and tal­ent. The stars were part of the re­vamp­ing and de­vel­op­ment process at the SABC. “As the SABC, we were not sup­posed to al­low our film mak­ers to go and do busi­ness with in­ter­na­tional broad­cast­ers when they have their own SABC. I’m glad that they are com­ing back home. We in­vite ev­ery­one to come and do busi­ness with the SABC,” said Mot­soe­neng. He said peo­ple must re­mem­ber that when they pitch to the broad­caster, they must give it goodqual­ity con­tent that will at­tract au­di­ences. They must also make sure that they in­clude the dif­fer­ent African lan­guages in their pro­pos­als. “We need to be proud of our African lan­guages,” he said. He said that he didn’t un­der­stand why peo­ple wanted to write drama se­ries in English, and he en­cour­aged peo­ple to tell their own sto­ries in their own lan­guages. “Gone are those days when peo­ple used to pitch their shows at the SABC and get a re­sponse only af­ter two years. Now things have changed. If you come to me, I re­spond now. If you im­press me with your idea, I’ll give you a yes im­me­di­ately,” he said.

So­phie Nd­aba

Win­nie Nt­shaba

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