TV Plus (South Africa) - - 3 AUGUST -

Ler­ato and her hubby Sech­aba are the cen­tre of at­ten­tion to­day. Weekdays SABC3 (*193) 19:00 Soapie

There’s al­ways some form of drama in The Deep and Isidingo’s (1998-cur­rent) abil­ity to in­tro­duce cur­rent events at a moment’s no­tice has made the soapie stand out over the years. And to­day is a spe­cial episode – Isidingo is cel­e­brat­ing episode #100 of its 20th sea­son. “There is an amaz­ing team of writers and new faces, to­gether with the recog­nis­able tal­ent, who’ve all con­trib­uted to the last­ing suc­cess of Isidingo,” ex­plains ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Pumla Hopa, “and hope­fully the series will be around for many years to come!”

For this spe­cial episode, the soapie is zoom­ing in on Ler­ato (Tema Se­bo­pedi). “She wants to talk to her hubby Sech­aba (Mot­latsi Mafat­she) about start­ing a fam­ily,” says Tema. “She has wanted chil­dren for so long but Ler­ato has a med­i­cal con­di­tion that pre­vents her from falling preg­nant. There’s a lot on her mind right now, but want­ing to start a fam­ily is an on­go­ing topic and it’s al­ways at the top of the list.”

Be­hind the scenes, the soapie had a lit­tle party to cel­e­brate their mile­stone of suc­cess. “There was cake and lots of fun. It was re­ally nice to just hang out with ev­ery­one,” says Tema. “I’ve been on Isidingo since 2010 and still feel like I’m the new kid. I’m learn­ing ev­ery day and I’m still in awe of ac­tors like Robert White­head [Barker Haines].”

As for Ler­ato’s im­me­di­ate fu­ture, Tema hints that good things could be on the way. “She will def­i­nitely be in a bet­ter space in the not-so-faroff fu­ture,” says Tema. “Her sa­lon that burnt down in May 2017 will be up and run­ning in no time. Plus, the land claim dis­putes will en­cour­age her to sup­port her hubby and en­gage with the com­mu­nity.” NB! See more on p22.

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