Driv­ing a hard bar­gain

Schem­ing wait­ress Rachel puts her job on the line if it means win­ning her boss Le­hasa’s heart.

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Sassy stu­dent Rachel (Le­sego Marakalla) is us­ing her wait­ress job as a way to hook her blesser. And she’s got a foot in the door: she’s been eye­ing her hand­some – and more im­por­tantly, rich – boss Le­hasa (Cedric Fourie) since she started work­ing at his Café Rovuwa in late April. But there’s a prob­lem stop­ping Rachel from land­ing her sug­ar­daddy: Le­hasa’s no-non­sense busi­ness part­ner Cindy (Phophi Mu­dau), who knows all about Rachel. They go way back to Tur­floop and have been fight­ing over men ever since. There is no way Rachel is beat­ing Cindy this time and on Thurs­day 11 May, Cindy hands her em­ployee a three-month pro­ba­tion con­tract. “It’s never ex­isted be­fore at the restau­rant,” says Le­sego. “Rachel is ir­ri­tated and makes it clear to Cindy that she’s there to play hard­ball.”

MIS­SION IM­POS­SI­BLE

Rachel isn’t back­ing down with­out a fight and starts plot­ting im­me­di­ately on Fri­day 12 May to get some alone

time with Le­hasa, who’d hired her in the first place and with­out telling Cindy. “She waits un­til it’s clos­ing time at the restau­rant and when ev­ery­one leaves, Rachel ma­nip­u­lates Le­hasa into of­fer­ing her a lift home,” says Le­sego. While Le­hasa thinks that her ac­tions are just a “lit­tle crush”, he has no idea that Rachel’s into him un­til she cops a very in­ap­pro­pri­ate feel on Mon­day 15 May. “Al­though Le­hasa is used to women giv­ing him at­ten­tion, he’s of­fended and quickly puts Rachel in her place. Le­hasa isn’t ro­man­ti­cally in­ter­ested in her at all,” says Le­sego. Not that Cindy’s aware, which is why she’s ea­ger to get rid of Rachel at the restau­rant. “Cindy won’t stop un­til Rachel is gone, but Rachel has a few tricks up her sleeve. She wants Le­hasa – as a means to his money – and she’s not go­ing to let up,” hints Le­sego.

BACK OFF

While Le­hasa’s re­jec­tion is a sur­prise, worse is on the way. Be­fore she’s even able to test a few other se­duc­tion skills on Tues­day 16 May, Le­hasa rep­ri­mands Rachel for try­ing to lead him on. Le­sego adds that “Rachel isn’t a bad per­son. She just makes bad de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially when it comes to her [poor] fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion”. De­terred, Rachel turns to her other tac­tics on Wed­nes­day 17 May: black­mail!

She de­mands money from fel­low var­sity stu­dent Kwaito (Cle­ment Maosa) – if he re­fuses, she’ll tell his new crush and her room­mate Glenda (Nozipho Langa) about his trou­bled past. “She’s in need of money and she’ll do what­ever it takes to get some,” says Le­sego. Turns out Rachel’s go­ing to have to go to plan C, be­cause Kwaito lashes out at her threats and tells her to stay away from Glenda or else!

PART­NER IN CRIME

Rachel ropes in her equally shady bestie Emkay (Mlungisi Mathe) on Thurs­day 18 May and they “find the info they need to rat­tle Le­hasa’s cage when they hack into Le­hasa’s emails. Right in front of them is de­tailed info about how he conned Rachel’s Tur­floop ac­quain­tance Sonti (Pearl Maimela) with her nut busi­ness in Fe­bru­ary 2017. Rachel con­fronts Le­hasa later that day and drops hints about what she knows,” teases Le­sego. Le­hasa re­fuses to even lis­ten to Rachel, but like a shark in the ocean, she smells fear. And that is all Rachel needs to re­alise that her dreams of swim­ming in money could be around the cor­ner.

Rachel’s flirt­ing with Le­hasa is her first plan…

Rachel’s not happy when Cindy hands her a con­tract.

Kwaito stands up to Rachel’s de­mands.

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