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Generations is one of the most famous South African soapies of all time.

It follows the lives of the employees of rival corporations New Horizons (Ezweni Holdings) and Mashaba Advertising (Mashaba Media now with Memela Media} as they make business deals and live with the enemy (As in most of the couples one works for New Horizons and the other for Mashaba). It also focuses on the rivalry of Sibusiso Dlomo and Mawande Memela (previously Kenneth Mashaba).

This Soap Provides Examples Of:

  • Affirmative Action Girl: Mawande Memela, who bought Mashaba Media after Kenneth was framed by Sibusiso and Dineo.
  • Attempted Rape: Dineo, by Sello (Sibusiso's executive friend).
  • Ax-Crazy: Belinda.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": Nicholas and Nolundu in their mini-soap pitch to some executives (Nicholas in particular seemed to be chanelling Nollywood).
  • Celebrity Star: Every time Khethiwe in mentioned in an in-universe news story, it will begin with ‘The Former Face of La Chocolat’
    • Ajax before he started acting.
  • Chickification: Sharon, who starts out an independent woman and leaves the show after securing position of Editor and giving it up to go live on a reserve with Samuel.
    • Mawande seems to be going down this road after getting shot by Sibusiso. Caleb has taken over the company and the show is making a big deal about him running it better than she ever did.
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  • Coming-Out Story: Senzo with his real father, not with his adoptive family.
  • Convenient Miscarriage: Karabo, which led to her getting divorced from Sibusiso and his getting married to Ntombi.
  • Dawson Casting: MJ, whose actor is the same age as his sister Noluntu's.
  • Deus Angst Machina: With absolutely no buildup Zamani’s mother (Who we didn’t even know existed at this moment) calls about being sick at the end of one episode, the next she’s dead. Also counts as putting Zamani and Ajax on a bus. (Right after they argued with Jigga as well.)
    • Noluntu is revealed to be carrying Senzo's baby despite there being no implication that they slept together after she took advantage of his emotional state.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: The opening sequence.
  • Five-Man Band: The younger set:
  • Freudian Excuse: Exploited by Sibusiso is a heartless business man because his father left he and his sister with nothing when he died. Exploited since since he uses it as a license to do whatever he wants (Like stealing evidence from a case that would have convicted a serial rapist, promoting somebody who has no qualifications just because they're related to him and forcing his gay son to not only take care of a baby but also pretend to have a relationship with its mother).
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  • Friday Night Death Slot: Get put in the same time slot as this show (Eight PM weekdays) and you’re either a geek show (Doctor Who, Death Note) or you won’t last a season.
  • Incest Subtext: Senzo and his father Sibusiso can get… intense, it got worse when Senzo catches Sibusiso making shady business deals.
  • Karma Houdini: Sibusiso and Dineo framed Kenneth for drug possession in Thailand, they were never punished.
    • Noluntu date-rapes Senzo and is rewarded with a baby and a doting grandfather.
  • Limited Wardrobe: All the men either have dreadlocks or bald heads, no in-betweens.
  • Longest Pregnancy Ever: Khethiwe is pregnant for at least 14 months.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Seems to change every week.
  • May–December Romance: Ma Ruby and her best friends son.
  • Product Placement: No South African will forget the three weeks Ma Ruby, Queen and Khaphela would stop whatever they were doing to tell the rest of the sadly uninformed cast about PEP Cell.
  • Ship Tease: Jason with both Katja and Nicholas, Nicholas with Katja.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Jason seems to not be able to love anybody who's not Senzo, the one time they broke up he even had a Replacement Goldfish who looked almost exactly like Senzo.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Senzo and Jason, now their part of the main plot, sharing the same importance with Sibusiso and Mawande.
  • Status Quo Is God: The Queen/Steve plot might as well have not happened, since as soon as he leaves Queen and Lungile get back together.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Nicholas (replacing Senzo) for Jason, too bad he was straight.
  • Team Mom: Ma Ruby (Who is technically only Dineo’s actual mother)
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Said to Sibusiso by almost all the Memelas after he tells them he knew Akhona's father was dead. They don't even forgive him for saving their daughters life, ( have their reasons though...}
  • Token Minority: Senzo (Gay) and Jason (Bi), who are also dating.
  • Token White: Katja. Not any more though.
  • Translation Convention: Akhona speaks English/Afrikaans while most of the other cast speaks English/Zulu, but nobody seems to have trouble conversing with her when she's speaking Afrikaans.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Dumisani, from seven stabs to the heart.
  • Verbal Tic: Queen has one of these darling.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Senzo.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Nicholas and Akhona. They did.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to Ozzy and his sister? Especially since there was a romantic subplot with Ajax.