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Huge blow for Muvhango fans as top actress leaves the show

Popular SABC 2 soapie Muvhango has announced the departure of one of its oldest serving actors, Elsie Rasalanavho.

At the celebration of its 25th birthday at SABC studios in Auckland Park on Thursday, 7 April, the soapie announced that Elsie, who plays the role of Vho-Mukondeleli, was leaving.

She took to the stage in song with the cast and crew, and shared on her journey with Muvhango.

“My journey wasn’t that easy because I was a teacher. I had to teach children and during weekends, act. On Friday afternoons, I would take a bus to Joburg. It was hectic because when I went back on Sunday, I had to go to school on Monday. But somehow, I managed,” she said.

She added that during holidays when other people were resting she was shooting for Muvhango.

“I couldn’t have done this without the support of my colleagues, executive producer, and production house.”

Elsie said she would miss her co-actresses Regina Nesengani (Vho-Masindi) and Eunice Mabeta (Vho-Makhadzi), who are close to her.

“My sisters, I’ll miss our lunchtime; sharing food. We even shared scripts and modified them to bring them out the way we thought it would work,” she said.

Elsie Rasalanavho

Founder and executive producer of the show Duma Ka Ndlovu said: “I thank South Africa for giving me the opportunity to tell stories. The best of Muvhango was not easy, and most of the struggles people don’t know about. I was coming from the USA; back from exile. There was a lot of animosity. I became the king of understatement.

“I’m grateful to viewers and for the fact that on any show we watch today, there’s at least one actor from Muvhango. We wanted to transform television, and we did. I thank God, who gave us the dream and vision. I thank the cast and crew that I have worked with all these years,” he said.

-daily sun

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