Gen­er­a­tions fires ac­tress

Soapie gives char­ac­ter last scene in sto­ry­line

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Ng­wako Malatji ng­[email protected]­day­

Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy ac­tress Brenda Mh­longo has been fired.

Mh­longo, who was playing Nandi, Jack Mabaso’s wife in SA’s sec­ond-big­gest soapie, was shown the door by the pro­duc­ers as they em­bark on a drive to re­cruit fresh tal­ent to be more com­pet­i­tive.

Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy spokesper­son Gaaratwe Mokhethi con­firmed they had shown Mh­longo the door.

“We de­cided not to re­new her con­tract as part of our strat­egy to re­cruit fresh tal­ent to keep the soapie rel­e­vant. She has al­ready left the show about three months ago,” said Mokhethi.

Mh­longo also con­firmed that she has been pink-slipped and her last ap­pear­ance on the pop­u­lar soapie was two weeks ago when, in the story line, her char­ac­ter left with a new boyfriend for Cape Town.

“The pro­duc­ers told me in the mid­dle of the year that they wouldn’t re­new my con­tract when it ended in Septem­ber. They said they wanted to kill the char­ac­ter be­cause they no longer have a story line for it. It was so painful but there was noth­ing I could do, I had to ac­cept their de­ci­sion and move on with my life,” said Mh­longo.

She said al­though their de­ci­sion came as a shock she was grate­ful they hadn’t ter­mi­nate her con­tract be­fore it ended.

“They de­cided to give me three months to pre­pare for my exit and also be­cause the one-year con­tract I signed with them was left with just three months to ex­pire.”

She also said al­though her ax­ing from the show neg­a­tively af­fected her fi­nan­cially, she was work­ing hard to be able to con­tinue pay­ing her bills.

“If you’re used to get­ting a salary ev­ery month to pay your bills and now you don’t have it, you need to work harder ev­ery day so that you can still hon­our your fi­nan­cial obli­ga­tions,” she said.

She added that al­though she was look­ing for­ward to other act­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, she has de­voted most of her time to her foun­da­tion, which ren­ders var­i­ous ser­vices for South African youth.

“We de­cided not to re­new her con­tract as part of our strat­egy to re­cruit fresh tal­ent to keep the soapie rel­e­vant


Brenda Mh­longo has moved on.

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