Generations is a South African soap opera which first premiered on SABC 1 in 1994. It was created and is produced by Mfundi Vundla and airs weekdays at 20h00 on SABC 1.It had a Stellar cast when it returned in December 2014 it starred Connie Ferguson and Rapulane seiphemo as the main protagonist and it also starred Musa Ngema and Asanda foij as The Secondary Protagonist, Manaka Ranaka and Vuyo Dabula starred as the main antagonist as well as Letoya makhane- and Ronnie Nyakale star as the antagonist
Set against the backdrop of the advertising industry, this drama celebrates the hopes and dreams of South Africans who aspire to a better future.
The show has received positive reviews throughout its run. Production of the series stopped on 11 August 2014 when 16 principal actors started withholding their services following wage disputes, a cut of R500 million in royalties and three-year extended contracts.
In August 2014, the cast of the popular United States CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory were also on strike. The cast managed to negotiate a 1 million dollar pay per episode for three years plus more back end money and production deals. The cast of the CBS sitcom had previously been earning R350 000 an episode. The cast of the popular NBC sitcom Friends also managed to negotiate a 1 Million pay per episode during their 10th and final season. So this says a lot about South Africa's television industry.
From 30 September 2014 to 30 November 2014, the series was put on hiatus, following the dispute with 16 actors, who were fired from the show on 18 August 2014 after a week-long strike. Some of the 16 actors include Menzi Ngubane, Sophie Ndaba, Anga Makubalo, Mandla Gaduka, Katlego Danke and Thato Molamu.
Fans were urged not to watch the show in support of the 16 actors. The SA audience research foundation confirmed that instead viewership increased from the usual 7 million to 10 million viewers a night prior to the announcement of the subsequent sacking.
The soap made a return on 1 December 2014 under a new name, Generations: The Legacy, without the old cast members. The show received generally negative reviews from the public in its first week of airing, but the viewers warmed to the revamped show in the next couple of weeks following its return.
Since July 2015, it was announced that Denise Zimba (Mary) will depart the show and has exited in October 2015. it has since been announced that Asanda Foji (Simphiwe), Vuyo Dabula (Gadaffi), Mutodi Neshehe (Zola), J.T Medupe (Jonathan), Lebogang mthunzi (Angela) and her on screen boyfriend Kabelo Moalusi (Siya) are on their way to departure as well.
Since August 2015 Various sources have confirmed that former villain Jack Mabaso (Real name Vusi Kunene) is well on his way back to reprise his role.