Liv­ing it Late­gan

There’s a new fam­ily mov­ing in and mak­ing waves in The Deep.

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Mid­dle- class Isidingo new­com­ers the Late­gans be­come the talk of the town from Wed­nes­day 10 May when newly elected mine hos­tel su­per­vi­sor Hen­drik (Gérard Ru­dolf) comes into fo­cus. His po­si­tion at the newly merged Sibeko Gold and Haines In­ter­na­tional com­pany gives his fam­ily an inch of power and they’re grab­bing what they can with both hands. But like ev­ery­one else in The Deep, the Afrikaans fam­ily are go­ing to find their dirty laun­dry wav­ing on the clothes line for all to see.

HEN­DRIK

Oc­cu­pa­tion: hos­tel su­per­vi­sor Back­ground: his late dad Jo­han (who view­ers will never see) was a boil­er­maker in Hori­zon Deep and Hen­drik’s moved his fam­ily from Rusten­burg to fol­low in Jo­han’s foot­steps. The fa­ther of two is a tra­di­tion­al­ist and be­lieves that men should be the providers while women are meant to stay at home and take care of the chil­dren. Per­son­al­ity: Hen­drik is loyal, ded­i­cated and looks out for those who can’t fend for them­selves. How­ever, he’s stub­born, thinks that he al­ways knows best and he hates peo­ple chang­ing his rou­tine. Scan­dal: an in­ter­nal fam­ily feud is brew­ing for Hen­drik. His teenage daugh­ter Anja (Lee Vis­agie) is re­belling and his son Zan­dre (Dean­dre Reiners) re­fuses to work in the “low class” min­ing in­dus­try af­ter he ma­tric­u­lates. Hen­drik is also dis­ap­pointed that his wife Lalage (Elma Postma) wants to go back to work.

LALAGE

Oc­cu­pa­tion: house­wife… for now. Back­ground: Lalage’s mom Heidi (who we don’t see) is a town-hop­ping, se­ri­al­dat­ing al­co­holic who set­tled in Hori­zon Deep in the ’90s, which makes this a home­com­ing for Lalage who was the town seam­stress grow­ing up. Per­son­al­ity: while Lalage is loyal and a tra­di­tion­al­ist like her hubby, they have dif­fer­ing views on life. She con­sid­ers self-im­age and fam­ily im­age of the ut­most im­por­tance and Lalage be­lieves that be­ing poor is an un­godly sin. Scan­dal: she ad­mires strong-willed busi­ness­women like The Deep’s Nikiwe and Kgothalo (Linda Sokhulu and Katlego Danke) and she des­per­ately wants her daugh­ter Anja to look up to them as role mod­els. But see­ing who the teen chooses to hang out with is go­ing to anger Lalage a lot.

ANJA

Oc­cu­pa­tion: ma­tric stu­dent Back­ground: Anja’s grown up in a strict Chris­tian fam­ily but that hasn’t stopped her from be­ing a mis­fit, like hang­ing out with the wrong crowd. She also strug­gled through school and failed a year or two. Per­son­al­ity: like any teen, Anja is stub­born and naïve but her ad­dic­tive per­son­al­ity gets her in trou­ble – she likes drink­ing and shoplift­ing and will be test­ing her lim­its. Also, spend­ing time with the likes of Ler­ato and Kamo (Tema Se­bo­pedi and Mak­gotso M) isn’t go­ing to im­press her par­ents. Scan­dal: this will be Anja’s last year of school, even if that means drop­ping out. Plus, she’s got her eye on a cou­ple of young studs, re­gard­less if they’re el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors or not.

ZAN­DRE

Oc­cu­pa­tion: ma­tric stu­dent Back­ground: Zan­dre isn’t opin­ion­ated like his older sis­ter, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with his con­trol­ling par­ents’ per­son­al­i­ties and meth­ods. He’s also in ma­tric, like Anja, but he wants to study at The Uni­ver­sity Of Cape Town and leave The Deep. Per­son­al­ity: he’s short-tem­pered but not as re­bel­lious as Anja. And he likes stay­ing home to paint and prac­tice his other art skills, which Hen­drik and Lalage don’t ap­prove of. Scan­dal: Zan­dre’s big­gest fear is los­ing hope, not be­ing able to bet­ter him­self and end­ing up like his dad – stuck in a small min­ing town.

Meet the Late­gans: dad Hen­drik and mom Lalage, daugh­ter Anja and son Zan­dre.

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