Nonhle gets her TV break

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Sunday World - - News - BOI­TUMELO TLHOAELE

A RE­LA­TION­SHIP break­down be­tween ac­tress Nol­wazi Shange and the Zabalaza pro­duc­tion team has led to Nonhle Thema fi­nally re­al­is­ing her dream of be­ing a TV in­genue.

The for­mer pre­sen­ter and re­al­ity TV star will see if she has in­her­ited her mother’s act­ing genes when she makes her de­but on the Mzansi Magic se­ries next month. Thema re­places Shange as the preg­nant boyfriend-nag­ging Kgo­motso.

Shange told Sun­day World this week that the un­cer­tainty of be­ing a call ac­tor was at the core of the rift be­tween her and the pro­duc­tion.

I wasn’t happy with the work­ing con­di­tions and that’s why I re­signed,” said Shange, who had been with the se­ries since its be­gin­ning in May. Some­times I couldn’t can­cel gigs that were booked in ad­vance just to be on… set.”

She said she and man­age­ment had tried to find a work­able so­lu­tion but the talks were not suc­cess­ful.

Un­for­tu­nately, it didn’t work out, so I made the de­ci­sion to be happy and re­signed.”

Se­ries pro­ducer Burg­ert Muller, how­ever, dis­puted that Shange was not given enough warn­ing for her calls. Nol­wazi was booked like any other call ac­tor on the show with enough no­tice, and she was not avail­able at most times.” Shange’s loss is Thema’s gain. The for­mer Dark & Lovely spokesper­son said she was ex­cited about this new chapter, which is a con­tin­u­a­tion of her come­back af­ter a melt­down early last year.

I feel hon­oured and blessed. I have al­ways wanted to get into act­ing prop­erly, said Thema, whose mother, Cyn­thia Shange (no re­la­tion to Nol­wazi), is on Mu­vhango.

She started shoot­ing in Au­gust, but will make her de­but on De­cem­ber 2.

About her less-than-glam char­ac­ter, she said: I’m lov­ing her be­cause she’s dif­fer­ent from me. She’s rather mod­est. I get to be dressed in these or­di­nary clothes and min­i­mal make-up and be a nag­ging woman.”

Isidingo’s Jay An­stey is be­mused by spec­u­la­tion that she has been kicked out of the SABC3 soapie.

On Fri­day she con­firmed re­ports that there is con­fu­sion” whether she still has the role of Char­lie. I haven t left. I had heard from a friend that they had cast some­one else as Char­lie,” said An­stey. She last shot scenes in Jan­uary and her con­tract ended the next month.

Isidingo’s pub­lic­ity team hadn’t re­sponded to e-mails by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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