Back to cause a bang

For­mer Gen­er­a­tions ac­tor Mike Mve­lase is back on soapies as Loy­iso, 7de Laan’s driven busi­ness­man.

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 7DE LAAN -

7de Laan Week­days SABC2 18:30

MTell us about Loy­iso. he’s no fly-by-night guy. he is a fam­ily man and as a busi­ness­man, he’s driven by power – he worked hard to make it and won’t let any­one take that away. What’s kept you busy since you left Gen­er­a­tions in 2012? i was a brand am­bas­sador for ekhaya Foods un­til 2013 and i started my non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion en­qoloba­neni her­itage & arts. it fo­cuses on re­viv­ing the art of sto­ry­telling us­ing the­atre as a medium. and i’m writ­ing a play of folk­tales called Kwa­suka­sukela – or “Once upon a Time”. So how is set life on 7de Laan dif­fer­ent? all sets are dif­fer­ent, like at Gen­er­a­tions you ar­rived two hours be­fore your scene to re­hearse and film. at 7de laan, ev­ery­one comes in early and they’re in­volved with the whole process. Was it dif­fi­cult to get into that rou­tine? no, i’m not one to be lazy in the morn­ing. and the warm wel­come makes things ike Mve­lase has come a long way since his days as manser­vant Khapela ng­cobo on Gen­er­a­tions, the role he played from 2002 to 2012. but he’s re­turned to telly, in hill­side as suc­cess­ful en­tre­pre­neur loy­iso Masiya. so what can view­ers ex­pect? won­der­ful – they make you feel part of the fam­ily, that they care about you. it’s ev­ery­one for them­selves at Gen­er­a­tions. So which role do you pre­fer? loy­iso – by a mile! he’s a man of his own am­bi­tions, like me. he has a cold side, but he’s also smart and will fight for his fam­ily. Khapela was no busi­ness­man and he let emo­tion cloud his judge­ment. Would you ever re­turn to Gen­er­a­tions? no, i was there for 10 years and don’t be­lieve in go­ing back­wards. i want to move for­ward and play in­trigu­ing char­ac­ters. You’ve been out­spo­ken about Gen­er­a­tions’ sto­ry­lines since 2012, specif­i­cally the Nol­untu poi­son­ing her mom and the Ja­son-Senzo same-sex mar­riage be­ing “im­moral”. Have cur­rent sto­ry­lines im­proved? i don’t watch it at all. and yes, i lashed out in the past, but i’m not phased any­more about what hap­pens at Gen­er­a­tions. i’m strict about the con­tent that my fam­ily watches. And be­sides act­ing, what are you pas­sion­ate about? i want to be a youth men­tor and i’d love to teach life lessons, like work­ing with fi­nances and about their op­tions in life. i wish i had that when i was young.

Mike (right) with one of his new co-stars, Mar­cus

Mabusela (Jack­son).

Mike’s not too fond of his old role – more so be­cause of having guns aimed at him.

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