Florence Masebe to step into Meikie Maputla’s role on Skeem Saam

Veteran actress Florence Masebe will temporarily step into the role of Meikie Maputla on Skeem Saam, it was announced on Wednesday.

It revealed that Harriet Manamela, who has played the role since the award-winning series’ inception on 13 October 2011, was in poor health.

The statement read:

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the character of Meikie Maputla played by Harriet Manamela will be replaced until the end of season 12. The decision came about after Harriet Manamela needed to be placed on sick leave for an extended period of time.

City Press understands that though Manamela is sick, she is still on set shooting and her last scene for the season will air on 5 April. Masebe, who has not started shooting her scenes, will take over the role from 15 May until further notice.

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It is unclear what is ailing Manamela and when she is expected to be back on set. The drama, created and produced by Winnie Serite, will also switch its timeslot from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm starting on 4 March. The announcement was made last month.

The decision to move Skeem Saam to 7:30pm is in line with SABC Video Entertainment’s strategy to amplify its primetime local drama offering to its viewers from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with SABC1s Skeem Saam, Generations-The Legacy, Uzalo and SABC2’s Muvhango. The SABC will host two hours of back-to-back drama [series] on the SABC Video Entertainment platform, intentionally targeting a broader audience and ensuring the platform remains competitive.

The statement added that viewers had been asking for the change, they hoped that this would be an opportunity to expand and reach a larger audience. The show has introduced new faces such as Nyaniso Dzedze, Pholoso Mohlala, Brendan Maphake and Themba Manganyi.

The agreement between the show and Masebe was sealed on Wednesday. SABC1 and the programmes’ publicists told City Press to sent a request for comment to Masebe who was not immediately available for interviews.

Skeem Saam airs on SABC1 at 6.30pm every weekday.

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