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Monday, 24 June 2024 14:59

Award winning actress Florence Masebe's bids farewell to Skeem Saam.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.


Florence Masebe bids farewell to Skeem Saam viewers after she joined the drama series at the beginning of the year to fill in for fellow actress Harriet Manamela.

The award-winning actress and author took on the role of Meikie Mapula, which was previously played by Manamela, who was not able to film Season 12.

"The decision came after Manamela needed to be placed on sick leave for an extended period. Manamela's last scene for the season will air on April 5. From May 15 the character of 'Meikie Maputla' will be played by Florence Masebe," read the statement. 

Meikie is a feisty businesswoman who is very protective of her children and always ready to challenge anything that threatens the wellbeing of her family.

In a social media post, Masebe expressed her feelings:

"It's almost time to say goodbye to the Turfloop bunch. Thank you for the beautiful ride. See you on the next… Ndi a livhuwa. Aa."

Manamela recently informed her fans that she has fully recovered following hip replacement surgery.

"I had a hip replacement surgery beginning of the year hence I was given a break from shooting. Thank you to everyone for wishing me well even though there was no clear explanation why I had to be off the screen & production had to find a sit in for me. Your support and wishing me well humbles my heart & you all much appreciated. Now that production is on a shooting break it’s more time to enjoy seeing people & catching up.

My family as always my strength is derived from your love. My colleagues checking up on me as often as you do melts my heart and to my friends taking moments to enjoy the sunshine with me, "priceless."

She also thanked Masebe for doing a stellar job in her absence.

"To my dearest sesi Florence Masebe " ngwana Manamela" as you fondly call me. You responded to the call of duty and did what you know best. Being one of SA’s powerful performers we definitely are looking forward to enjoy your episodes and your strong abilities to bringing characters to life. I humble myself before you sis Flo and say "Kea leboga sesi."

Skeem Saam airs on weekdays at 7.30pm on SABC1.