The big switch

Gold Dig­gers is back – with a few ad­di­tions to its cast and a brand-new back­drop.

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Di­neo Nch­a­be­leng has joined the new sea­son of Gold Dig­gers. Sea­son 2 Week­days (from Mon­day 5 Septem­ber) e.tv (*194) 20:00

When we bid farewell to sea­son 1 of Gold Dig­gers (2015- cur­rent) in March this year, there was drama aplenty – con­man Is­rael (Menzi Ngubane) fled af­ter break­ing wid­owed May’s (Tina Jaxa) heart when she learnt that he was try­ing to steal the money that her late hubby Pa­trick (Mbon­geni Ngema) had left her. Then, Big Boy’s (Mx­olisi Ma­jola) baby­mama Nandipha (Keneilwe Mathidze) was ex­posed as a for­mer hooker but she was ac­cepted by the fam­ily as she was preg­nant with the next gen­er­a­tion of Gumedes. And the Gumede brothers were forced back into il­le­gal min­ing af­ter their for­mer mine col­leagues tried to ex­tort money from the fam­ily, then the brothers were thrown in jail.

Fast­for­ward a few months and the back­drop of the ru­ral homestead has been swapped for the vi­brant town­ship of Soweto, where the Gumedes are now liv­ing as sea­son 2 starts on Mon­day 5 Septem­ber. It’s where we meet Rev­erend Moloi (Owen Se­jake) and his daugh­ter Emily (Di­neo Nch­a­be­leng). Since re­turn­ing from her act­ing hia­tus last year, Di­neo’s had roles on se­ries in­clud­ing Dream World (2014cur­rent) and Ring Of Lies (2016- cur­rent). “I’m just happy to be work­ing!” she says, be­fore telling us a bit more about her new role on Gold Dig­gers…

Who is Emily? Rev­erend Moloi’s only daugh­ter is a stu­dent who stands for what is good and right in the world, but not in a fa­nat­i­cal way. She em­bod­ies these traits within her nat­u­rally. What at­tracted you to the char­ac­ter? Emily is gen­uinely good. She is a church girl who doesn’t ven­ture out of the unit. She doesn’t en­ter­tain any temp­ta­tion. I think at times she for­gets that she is hu­man; her naivety and youth lead her to be­lieve that she can live a per­fect life and that ev­ery­one else should too. De­scribe her re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther. Emily is open-minded and she has an hon­est re­la­tion­ship with her dad, but it gets rocky when a fam­ily mem­ber is in­tro­duced, who’s con­sid­ered the bad seed of the Moloi fam­ily and changes their dy­namic. I’d say that Emily’s dad is a lot less judge­men­tal than she is and we see this when the Gumedes move into their com­mu­nity. And with the rest of the world? She’s con­sid­ered dif­fer­ent in the con­text of the town­ship, but she’s not in­tim­i­dated – she stands her ground. Emily is more her­self at home be­cause there are things that she and her dad don’t want peo­ple to see out­side the con­fines of the fam­ily… like the black sheep that no­body talks about. Hid­ing him makes them feel bet­ter about them­selves be­cause they don’t have to deal with him or ex­plain his ex­is­tence. They can main­tain their good im­age, which is vi­tal to stay­ing re­spectable in the com­mu­nity. How does Emily per­ceive the Gumedes? Her first meet­ing [with youngest son] Lucky (Mpho Sibeko) is very touch-andgo. She doesn’t know any­thing about these peo­ple but Lucky’s charm grabs her. Lucky is also in­trigued – there’s some­thing that in­ter­ests him in her, so much so that he’s will­ing to change for her. He is caught up in a re­la­tion­ship with an­other girl, but he’s so drawn to Emily’s whole­some­ness. Does that per­cep­tion change at all? She puts her foot down more as she gets to know Lucky bet­ter. We’ll see what hap­pens be­tween them, but I as­sure you: it’s not go­ing to be pre­dictable. NB! The show wasn’t able to pro­vide episode syn­opses at the time of print.

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