Isidingo

Hen­drik strug­gles to get on top of his ca­reer and fam­ily life.

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New hos­tel boss Hen­drik (Gérard Ru­dolf) is ex­cited about his ca­reer, but as Gérard hints, trou­ble may be around the cor­ner. “Hen­drik fol­lows things to the let­ter. Many col­leagues and even fam­ily mem­bers don’t agree with this method and it has the po­ten­tial for con­flict in The Deep.” And that’s what creeps up on Thurs­day 25 May when Hen­drik goes head to head with Sibeko Gold shift boss Matlala (Robert Mpisi), who’s got the min­ers on his side.

DIS­CI­PLINE

Hen­drik im­ple­ments rules in the hos­tel on Thurs­day 25 May as “he’s try­ing to make it a safer place,” ex­plains Gérard. “There are two things that he wants to put an end to: al­co­hol and pros­ti­tutes.” Be­fore Hen­drik was ap­pointed in early May when Sibeko Gold and Haines In­ter­na­tional merged, the two vices were the only “en­ter­tain­ment” for the min­ers and tak­ing that away will anger them, as well as Matlala who’s got to deal with the min­ers di­rectly.

MORALS

“Hen­drik’s so­cial skills aren’t great and he’s try­ing to find his way around the mine still, but no one’s help­ing – the min­ers have even told him that he isn’t wel­come in Hori­zon Deep,” says Gérard. “He and Matlala try to com­pro­mise on the pro­posed changes on [Fri­day 26 May] but con­ser­va­tive Hen­drik’s hav­ing a tough time turn­ing a blind eye.” He’s sit­ting un­com­fort­ably be­tween a rock and a hard place. He has a lot on his plate with the hos­tel and he’s also deal­ing with other is­sues like bro­ken equip­ment, late pay­ments, over­time and man­age­ment pol­i­tics. Matlala is also us­ing his re­la­tion­ship with the min­ers to make Hen­drik look like the en­emy on Tues­day 30 May us­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion tac­tics.

ETHICS

And more drama’s wait­ing for Hen­drik at home. His teens Anja and Zan­dre (Lee Vis­agie and De­an­dre Rein­ers) are bunk­ing school and caus­ing trou­ble on the streets from Thurs­day 1 June. “His fam­ily life is all over the place and he is frus­trated,” says Gérard. “He comes home from the mines over­worked and in a bad mood to his kids and un­happy wife Lalage (Elma Postma), which is a prob­lem be­cause he takes out his day’s frus­tra­tion on them. He wants the best for his fam­ily, but he is mis­guided on how he goes about things…”

Hen­drik’s go­ing to an­noy the other min­ers with his rule changes.

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