Seam­less in­te­gra­tion

Lalage’s bring­ing her big dreams in “lit­tle” Hori­zon Deep.

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Her fam­ily is be­ing torn apart but Lalage Late­gan (Elma Postma) is de­ter­mined to be their rock. Her hos­tel-man­ager hus­band Hen­drik (Gérard Ru­dolf) is fight­ing to keep his job af­ter an­ger­ing the min­ers with his changes, and mis­fit teen daugh­ter Anja (Lee Vis­agie) is drink­ing, hang­ing out with the wrong crowd and be­ing a brat. But frus­trated Lalage has a plan from Wed­nes­day 28 June.

HEART & HOME

Food poi­son­ing slows down the mine hos­tel on Wed­nes­day 28 June and Hen­drik comes to blows with shift boss Matlala (Robert Mpisi) who ac­cuses Hen­drik of not do­ing his job. Lalage can see how fu­ri­ous her hubby is af­ter the fight and “for her, it’s im­por­tant to give Hen­drik the emo­tional sup­port he needs while keep­ing their home to­gether,” ex­plains Elma. “Lalage is a sup­port for her hus­band and she tries to calm him when he’s in a bad mood.”

And she’s got her calm­ing work cut out for her on Thurs­day 29 June when it seems that Hen­drik is crum­bling un­der the pres­sure of his work, keep­ing the min­ers happy and tak­ing care of their daugh­ter. “His lim­its are be­ing tested more than in the past but she thinks that he is do­ing well,” says Elma. “She tries to boost his con­fi­dence by re­as­sur­ing him that he’s do­ing a per­fect job at work as well as at home.”

KEEP­ING UP AP­PEAR­ANCES

Deal­ing with Hen­drik and his min­ing mat­ters is easy though com­pared to Lalage’s other prob­lem. “She wants to main­tain the fam­ily’s good name,” ex­plains Elma. “She wants them to be seen as whole­some and happy and a fam­ily unit. But Anja is mak­ing keep­ing up the façade much more dif­fi­cult.” The teen is al­ways in trou­ble at school and lately she’s been hang­ing out with the wrong crowd and miss­ing cur­few.

UN­HAPPY MOMMY

Run­ning af­ter Hen­drik and Anja is tak­ing its toll on Lalage but she won’t say it out­right. “She’s a mom and house­wife but she does her own thing too [she’s a seam­stress] and she’s start­ing to re­mem­ber the am­bi­tion she had as a young woman,” Elma ex­plains. She’s bored at home and knows that there’s much more to her than just be­ing the “hos­tel man­ager’s wife”. “She’s go­ing to try con­vince her hus­band that she needs a proper job,” says Elma. But will tra­di­tion­al­ist Hen­drik al­low it?

Anja is be­ing a nui­sance too. Hen­drik’s stresses are boil­ing over. Lalage is try­ing to save her hus­band.

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