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Generations gone digital


The soapie’s website was launched on Thursday night at the SABC headquarters in Auckland Park.Zolisa Xaluva and Menzi Ngubane

Ulrich Stark, the founder of Wezwa, the organisation that created the website, said that the Generations site was “a world first”.

“It’s not just a social-media platform, you can get exclusive content, such as downloading pics.”

The ballroom was packed to capacity with people keen to hear about the innovation.

Fans will be able log on to read the cast’ s private messages. They can also see what their favourite characters are up to. Mmmm …

Acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng on the podium sounded like a father talking to his children as the cast stood in front of him.

“If you’re famous, live responsibly,” he told them.

He then announced a three year contract for the actors.

See what you get for being good children?

A stampede was narrowly avoided as the media jostled to be the first to grill Stark about this “new” concept. Blah blah blah …

Let’s just see how this social platform goes, shall we?

As the night opened up for guests to mingle, actress Katlego Danke looked gorgeous in a stunning black and gold-laced dress.

“It’s actually Dineo’s dress (her character in Generations) and I thought it would be fitting for the event,” she told Shwaswhi.

Another actress who took to the Generationswardrobe was Zenande Mfenyana, who plays Noluntu Memela. The dreadlocked beauty meshed sexy and spunky in a figure-hugging black number and a pair of hot gold-spiked heels.

“Mine and Noluntu’s dress sense is the only thing we have in common.”

While chatting to Shwashwi, the actress said there was big news in the pipeline about her. But even after several attempts Shwashwi just couldn’t get it out of her.

“Just wait for September.” Sigh!

Actress Sophie Ndaba was a purring feline in leopard-print heels and matching bag.

“Next week Friday’s my birthday and I’ll be hosting a gala dinner,” she said as she batted those famous eyelashes.

“My foundation has just got land to build four houses for the needy.” How nice.

Amidst the socialising, actor Menzi Ngubane, known as Sibusiso Dlomo in the soapie, hurriedly passed me to take a call.

I managed to grab the last bit of his conversation.

“Listen, you’re wasting my time. I’m not a sangoma. Goodbye!” Strange.

I quickly dashed after Thami Mngqolo, who was on his way out. The actor gushed about his new role as a father and said he wanted to get back to his 10-week-old baby girl. Was that eye-liner he was wearing?

He couldn’t stop telling Shwashwi how he has changed his ways.

“Jo-anne’s at home with the baby, I got to join them.”

Fellow actor Zolisa Xaluva was sexy as ever in a suit and blinged things up with a diamante-studded tie.

The hunk did not hesitate to charm me after telling me about his schedule outside of Generations.

“I’m not all about bling. When the suit comes off, I’m just an ordinary guy visiting schools inspiring kids.”

Still waiting for his Twitter after-party invite!

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