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The for­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress re­turns to TV screens af­ter her awards didn't take place

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Palesa Mat­je­bele

Win­nie Nt­shaba makes a TV comeback

FOR­MER Gen­er­a­tions ac­tress, Win­nie Nt­shaba, has re­turned to screens af­ter the Roy­alty Soapie Awards didn't take place again this year. The founder of the awards, Win­nie, planned to bring back the awards this year af­ter a two year break, how­ever, her plans did not ma­te­ri­alise.

FAILED ROY­ALTY SOAPIE AWARDS

The ac­tress is the brains be­hind the Roy­alty Soapie Awards. The awards made their way into the main­stream in 2014, and they ran for two years be­fore be­ing stopped for a ‘re­fin­ery break’. Win­nie opened up about the awards, say­ing that the awards would be re­turn­ing big­ger and bet­ter. Speak­ing to Move!, Win­nie says that they strug­gled to get spon­sors on board.

“Most of our fun­ders come from govern­ment en­ti­ties; we were af­fected by is­sues such as #FeesMustFall. They felt that they could not fund a one-night event when they’re faced with a cri­sis in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. That to me made sense be­cause I un­der­stood where they were com­ing from,” she says.The star and her team grew the brand and came up with the Roy­alty Soapie Foun­da­tion. Win­nie shares that the pro­gramme man­aged to pull in spon­sors.

PULLING A NO-SHOW

Ev­ery­thing was set, and all the prepa­ra­tions were done. The nom­i­nees and the hosts were re­vealed, and the date was set. Khabon­ina Qubeka, Ab­dul Khoza and Thuli Tha­bethe were amongst many other tal­ented nom­i­nees. The awards were ini­tially sched­uled for 16 June, but then changed to 11 Au­gust. How­ever, the awards were a no-show.

“Due to the FIFA World Cup in June and in July, an ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sion was made by the di­rec­tors, to post­pone the Roy­alty Soapie Awards. This de­ci­sion was reached to al­low the South African au­di­ence to en­gage in the ex­cite­ment and eu­pho­ria of this spec­tac­u­lar world­wide event,” or­gan­is­ers said in a state­ment.

But Au­gust came and passed, and the awards never hap­pened.

WIN­NIE'S TV COMEBACK

Be­fore be­ing fired from Gen­er­a­tions, with the other 15 ac­tors, the ac­tress had been play­ing the fa­mous Khethiwe Ng­cobo for 10 years. Win­nie shares that she found it dif­fi­cult to find gigs, say­ing she still has to go for au­di­tions.

She has re­turned to screens on Mzansi Magic’s drama, The Herd, where she played a lead role along­side Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, Sihle Nd­aba and other tal­ented ac­tors.

On the show, the ac­tress played a witch. In a re­cent ra­dio in­ter­view, the ac­tress shared that even though she prayed for a meaty role, she was never ready to play a witch. She says she even had to con­sult her pas­tor be­fore tak­ing on the role. “I know that there are no jokes in the spirit world. The minute you tap into dark­ness and call on the sources of dark­ness, it man­i­fests. God doesn’t be­lieve in jokes, what­ever you say man­i­fests,” she says, adding that she prayed be­fore tap­ping into her char­ac­ter.

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