“It’s the third Month of the year, we have students who just graduated. And they have qualification to be in the acting industry. But unfortunately with the likes of Mihlali, there isn’t opportunities for them.” said a twitter user on the announcement made about Mihlali Ndamase joining Generation The Legacy with a cameo role.
“Mihlali Ndamase joins Generations.YouTuber and businesswoman, will make a cameo appearance on the SABC soapie, Generations The Legacy. This follows the 25 year old’s acting stint on the Christmas movie “Boxing Day” last year. ” read the announcement that sparked flames.
Although it is common in South Africa that the media industry is one that contributes in graduates in the entertainment field having to find themselves unemployed, due to producers and directors opting only to consider taking a well known person on the industry and not a mere person who graduated but is not known or exposed to the world of fame.
However cameo roles are also common, most especially in South Africa, these are roles given to well known or rather celebrities, where they make a brief appearance on a scene, usually at the end of the movie or soapie. This is made to lure his/her fans to watch the soapie or movie and in this case, possibility of misunderstanding can be put on the table.
As always such has left social media users divided with some saying her appearance on generation is understandable she’s she has followers and it’s a cameo role which in the obvious states she won’t be joining the cast but will be there for a brief moment. Others say this still does not sit well with them, saying the directors or script writers should have changed the dynamics to suit a new comer (recently graduated actor) to play the same role.
Below are tweets responding to the announcement:
I mean she worked really hard to build her brand, she deserves everything, she comes with a huge social media following to the show, means more profit for Generations, talent alone is enough. Business is business, no hard feelings pic.twitter.com/8DMbWmcRPR
— Nhlaka_Jaden_Biyase (@BiyaseJaden) March 13, 2022