“He’s dead & I’ve moved on”

Neville’s re­ally dead and Zane Meas has left – for good!

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The Mein­tjies fam­ily need trauma coun­selling! From Char­maine ( Vinette Ebrahim) be­ing ha­rassed by her de­ranged twin Vi­vian (also played by Vinette) in Au­gust and Vi­vian fa­tally shoot­ing Neville (Zane Meas) on Mon­day 31 Au­gust, it’s been tense. As Neville took his last breath on Fri­day 4 Septem­ber, we hoped that it was a red her­ring, like back in Novem­ber 2012 when he faked his death to go into the wit­ness pro­tec­tion pro­gramme. Sadly, Zane re­veals that it is fi­nal this time: “Neville is re­ally dead and I’ve moved on.”

GOT TO GO

Zane was part of the 7de Laan fam­ily for 12 years and “the time came that I had to break all ties, no mat­ter how much I loved my role”. His last scene was taped at the end of July and was only aired three months later. “That was a tough day,” Zane says. “The Laan and its peo­ple were my sec­ond fam­ily and I’m miss­ing them ter­ri­bly.” He adds that he chose to leave as he felt he was stag­nat­ing as an ac­tor. “The soap world is pre­dictable and you can get caught in a spe­cific char­ac­ter and rou­tine… I re­alised that it wasn’t work­ing for me.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

Zane says that he’s au­di­tion­ing for new roles but doesn’t want to elab­o­rate on them. He can how­ever con­firm that a pro­ject keep­ing him busy is the de­vel­op­ment of an in­de­pen­dent video-on­de­mand TV chan­nel (like ShowMax, VIDI or Net­flix). “It’s in the plan­ning phase but will be avail­able next year. We haven’t tied down a name for the chan­nel yet, but our con­tent will mainly be lifestyle and drama pro­grammes.”

PRE­VI­OUSLY

Paula’s fa­ther re­vealed that her mom had cheated on him, Franco made a move on Kim, and Neville died af­ter be­ing shot by Vi­vian.

16 – 18 SEPTEM­BER

Louis smells a rat when Franco lies to Kim, Paula flies back to Hill­side, and Kim in­vites Ag­gie and Pu­lane for a spa day. Al­tus gets to work fi­nal­is­ing the wed­ding ar­range­ments, while Gita makes a busi­ness de­ci­sion with­out con­sult­ing Her­man. Diederik’s in love with Kim again, while Neville’s last will and tes­ta­ment is read and a shock­ing se­cret is re­vealed. Paula and Al­tus’s wed­ding day ar­rives and the Mein­tjies fam­ily put on a brave face for the cel­e­bra­tions.

21 – 25 SEPTEM­BER

Ma­trone chal­lenges Hilda to a bak­ing con­test to prove that she’s the bet­ter chef, and Vince is wor­ried about his mar­riage. Willem asks Gita to give him the pa­per­work for the con­tract, Bonita feels be­trayed, and Oubaas makes the wrong de­ci­sion at the bak­ing con­test. Ev­ery­one is ex­cited about the Her­itage Day party at Stasie Ses, and Louis con­fronts Willem. Bernard warns Diederik not to fall head over heels for Kim again, and Dewald’s dark past comes back to haunt him. Hilda de­cides to hang up her apron, while Willem shares his wor­ries with Felic­ity.

Neville’s dead and buried, as far as ac­tor Zane Meas

and 7de Laan go.

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