Mind over mat­ter

Aza­nia fo­cuses on work to for­get about her dead new­born.

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When the go­ing gets tough, wed­ding plan­ner Aza­nia (Enhle Ma­phu­mulo) deals with her emo­tions by in­ter­fer­ing in other peo­ple’s prob­lems. It’s no dif­fer­ent on Wed­nes­day 19 July when she of­fers to help with her brother Uhuru (Thapelo Mok­wena) and adop­tive-sis­ter Thandi’s (Joanne Reyneke) lobola ne­go­ti­a­tions. “That’s not where it ends,” says Enhle, whose char­ac­ter tries to con­vince her fam­ily to in­clude her ex- con dad Ace (Sello Se­bot­sane) in the talks de­spite no one trust­ing him. “She’s al­ways wanted Ace to be part of the fam­ily and the per­fect op­por­tu­nity has pre­sented it­self for Aza­nia to get her fam­ily to­gether,” says Enhle. But Aza­nia isn’t in the per­fect headspace to be deal­ing with fam­ily mat­ters – she’s still griev­ing the midJune death of her daugh­ter.


What she doesn’t ex­pect is to be shut out on Thurs­day 20 July – along with Ace. “It’s a scary time for Aza­nia! She feels alone and doesn’t want her fam­ily pity­ing her,” says Enhle. To make sure that her thoughts don’t drift to­wards her baby, Aza­nia finds a new project: on Fri­day 21 July she be­friends Bran­don (Danny Roos), a trou­bled teen who sells fast food at her busi­ness. While Bran­don is the one per­son in Aza­nia’s world who doesn’t know of her loss, Enhle ex­plains that “he’s ex­pe­ri­enced deep pain. His mom died a while ago and Aza­nia wants to con­nect with him.” She talks to him and gets to know him bet­ter. “He is a breath of fresh air. Bran­don doesn’t feel sorry for Aza­nia and she can be her­self around him – that’s some­thing she’s been search­ing for,” adds the ac­tress.


Chat­ting to Bran­don gives Aza­nia new hope and she makes a big change on Mon­day 24 July: she de­cides to stop wear­ing black, the tra­di­tional colour of mourn­ing. “It’s some sort of a re­birth for her,” ex­plains Enhle. Aza­nia’s col­league and of­fice-mother Char­maine (Shaleen Surtie-Richards) sug­gests that Aza­nia talk to her hubby Chris (Em­manuel Castis) about their loss. “She’s right,” adds Enhle. “Char­maine thinks that Aza­nia should spend more time fix­ing her bro­ken mar­riage than work­ing, but Aza­nia thinks that she has ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol.” And she’s not en­tirely wrong – but it’s go­ing to take time for Aza­nia to get back to her old self.

Aza­nia tries to con­vince Thandi that she should be part of the wed­ding prepa­ra­tions.

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