Mak­ing it of­fi­cial

Jama pro­poses to Ayanda to save their dy­ing re­la­tion­ship, but she’s stalling on an an­swer.

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Ayanda’s (Pretty Ncayiyane) in­se­cu­ri­ties have sky­rock­eted since find­ing “ev­i­dence” that her boyfriend Jama (Nkokheli Oros Mam­pofu) is cheat­ing on her two weeks ago. Nei­ther re­alised that the con­doms in Jama’s back­pack were planted by Ayanda’s ma­nip­u­la­tive ex Emkay (Mlungisi Mathe), who des­per­ately wants her back. Ayanda is strug­gling to trust Jama again and the cracks in their re­la­tion­ships have be­come craters by Thurs­day 23 June. Then Jama does the un­think­able in or­der to hold onto his girl, but be­fore he gets an an­swer, tragedy strikes for the young cou­ple…

IT ALL COMES CRASH­ING DOWN

Tak­ing strain, Jama goes out with his friends on Fri­day 24 June in an ef­fort to get away from the do­mes­tic drama at the flat he shares with Ayanda. “He’s al­ways been a reck­less drinker. Be­cause he’s such a goody-two-shoes, he goes the ex­tra mile when he has Jama is eye­ing a quick fix to his re­la­tion­ship prob­lems. a good time,” says Oros. “He tries to com­pen­sate for the fun that he never re­ally has on a day-to- day ba­sis.”

But his girl­friend is hav­ing none of it and on Thurs­day 30 June, Ayanda calls him out over his con­stant drink­ing and ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­iour, forc­ing him to take a long, hard look at him­self. “Jama has never lived with a girl be­fore and doesn’t un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of go­ing out and not say­ing that he’ll be back late and leav­ing Ayanda alone,” says Pretty. “It was his idea to move in to­gether and she feels that he’s be­ing in­con­sid­er­ate and im­ma­ture.”

WAKE-UP CALL

But Jama quickly sobers up on Fri­day 1 July when Ayanda gets news that her ap­pli­ca­tion to intern at a com­pany in KwaZulu-Na­tal has been suc­cess­ful. “This be­comes an­other ob­sta­cle,” says Oros. “Their love is tested and it’s es­pe­cially hard on an ide­al­is­tic Jama, who hoped for them to stay to­gether un­til mar­riage.” Mean­while, Ayanda is feign­ing ex­cite­ment while she wres­tles with her emo­tions re­gard­ing the news. “It’s Ayanda’s last year [at univer­sity], Ayanda’s taken aback by Jama’s pro­posal.

TAK­ING THE PLUNGE

Faced with the prospect of los­ing the love of his life, Jama takes drastic ac­tion on Tues­day 5 July. “His des­per­a­tion of want­ing to keep Ayanda leads him to go the ex­tra mile, hop­ing that it gets her to com­pro­mise,” Oros says of his char­ac­ter’s de­ci­sion to pro­pose to his girl. But a stunned Ayanda doesn’t give Jama the “yes” that he’s hop­ing to hear. In fact, she’s pretty hes­i­tant about get­ting hitched. “They’re still stu­dents and her par­ents don’t even know about the re­la­tion­ship, let alone that they’re liv­ing to­gether,” Pretty says. “She re­ally loves the guy, but they’ve only been dat­ing for about six months and she thinks that it’s too soon.” But she also doesn’t say no – in­stead, Ayanda says that she needs time to think about it. “He thinks it’s be­cause she’s still hung up on Emkay, but he’s ma­ture about it and gives her the space to de­cide,” says Oros. Lit­tle do they know that they don’t have much time left…

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