Than­daza closes the chap­ter with busi­ness part­ner bestie James af­ter yet an­other dis­pute.

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Build­ing a con­struc­tion com­pany with turnover in the mil­lions takes a strong-willed per­son. Along­side her bestie James (Din­gaan Mokebe), Than­daza (Sindi Dlathu) started Basadi from the ground up, but their work­ing re­la­tion­ship soured in July 2017 when Than­daza blamed James for miss­ing money from the busi­ness books. Their friend­ship has suf­fered un­der the strain and now “she wants noth­ing to do with him!” ex­plains Sindi. “These two are stub­born and although the money thing was long re­solved, they’re still bick­er­ing.” Than­daza loses her tem­per with her son Vusi (Raphael Grif­fiths) on Tues­day 17 Oc­to­ber when he men­tions James’s name in their con­ver­sa­tion and Sindi adds, “It sucks for ev­ery­one that Than­daza and James are no longer friends. They had a strong bond but they’re two hot-heads who don’t want to give in to the other.” James has taken the war to Than­daza.


With the death of James’ daugh­ter Busi (Bon­tle Sithole) still lin­ger­ing, Vusi tries to con­vince Than­daza to bury the hatchet on Thurs­day 19 Oc­to­ber but she re­fuses point­blank. “Their friend­ship is bro­ken from all an­gles. What hurts the most is that Than­daza could not go to Busi’s fu­neral be­cause she keeps get­ting into petty ar­gu­ments with James,” says Sindi. But Than­daza isn’t the only one re­fus­ing to make amends, as Vusi finds out when he vis­its James that same day. James is as stub­born as his fren­emy Than­daza, who is fu­ri­ous with him for try­ing to steal shares from Basadi af­ter his name was cleared with the miss­ing money is­sue. James is in the fight to make a point to Than­daza, that he de­serves a stake at their com­pany as much as she does. “It’s ob­vi­ous that these two know what they are do­ing. Than­daza is an­gry be­cause she doesn’t un­der­stand why James would want her chil­dren’s legacy for him­self. She would rather have the com­pany that she worked hard for than a friend who wants to laun­der money from her,” ex­plains the ac­tress.


Than­daza will do any­thing to avoid her ex-busi­ness­part­ner and she’s used ev­ery ex­cuse un­der the sun not to be in a room alone with him. But she has nowhere to hide on Fri­day 20 Oc­to­ber when the lift jams with just the two of them. “It’s the most awk­ward hour of Than­daza’s life,’ laughs Sindi. The pair don’t look at each other or say a word. “They look the other way and wait for some­one to res­cue them. It’s the worst thing that could pos­si­bly hap­pen to these hot-heads, but it’s ter­ri­bly funny at the same time.” James has al­ways had Than­daza’s back, even when she was fired by the Muk­w­evhos from their fam­ily busi­ness MMC in 2015, and she should’ve trusted him enough and given him the ben­e­fit of the doubt not to think that he would steal from her.


Some­thing clicks on Mon­day 23 Oc­to­ber and Than­daza re­alises that she is fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle, at least on a per­sonal level. “The friend­ship is over and all that she can do is ac­cept that she will never re­unite with James,” says Sindi. With that de­ci­sion clear, she can now fo­cus on her busi­ness and try­ing to keep Basadi afloat, with or with­out James’s help. “For­give­ness plays an im­por­tant part,” says Sindi. “No friend­ship is per­fect and Than­daza and James go way back. If it was me, I would try to move on and fo­cus on other things.”

Vusi tries to help Than­daza patch things up with James but she’s hav­ing none of it.

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