Prob­lems in Protea par­adise

Pam’s rocky mar­riage could be over be­fore it’s even be­gun.

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Pam and S’khaleni (Lor­raine Mphephi and Zakhele Mabasa) have been hitched for two weeks and liv­ing to­gether is al­ready driv­ing them apart. Taxi driver S’khaleni’s wild spend­ing catches up with him on Wed­nes­day 22 June just as his wife reaches break­ing point. She de­tests their one-bed­room house in Protea and she is tempted to re­turn to her up­per- class life in KZN.


What’s re­ally irk­ing Pam is that her hubby made her move to dusty Protea, Lor­raine ex­plains. “She misses com­fort. She misses her own space. She feels cramped in the one-bed­room house – there’s no lounge or din­ing room… it’s all in one.” She adds that “the worst thing is shar­ing a bath­room with all the taxi driv­ers”. Pam­pered Pam is used to “the man­sion life­style” and she tries to force S’khaleni to find a bet­ter home for them on Wed­nes­day 22 June. But he’s not budg­ing.


Pam ex­plodes on Fri­day 24 June as it’s clear to her that her com­fort isn’t a pri­or­ity for her hus­band. “S’khaleni messes around too much and doesn’t re­alise how dif­fi­cult he makes things for her,” says Lor­raine. Pam reaches out to the mother fig­ure in her life for help and ad­vice later on Fri­day 24 June: taxi boss Iris (Mam­pho Bres­cia). “Iris is like a mom to Pam and as­sures her that ‘ev­ery­thing will be okay’, she must just hang in there,” says Lor­raine. Af­ter that phonecall to Iris, Pam re­alises that leav­ing her prob­lem­atic hus­band isn’t go­ing to make her sit­u­a­tion any bet­ter, so she tries to make the best of a bad sit­u­a­tion.


There is some light at the end of the tun­nel – Wed­nes­day 29 June sees S’khaleni try to patch things up with his wife by hand­ing over cash for Pam to do with what­ever she wants. But ac­cord­ing to Lor­raine, it’s go­ing to take a bit more than some ban­knotes, be­cause while “Pam likes it when S’khaleni spoils her, what she re­ally craves is be­ing in­de­pen­dent and mak­ing her own money”. So does the ac­tress have any in­sight into what will hap­pen to her char­ac­ter’s mar­riage? Lor­raine hints that, “with S’khaleni, any­thing is pos­si­ble… good or bad…”

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