EXCLUSIVE: Manaka - Being a single mom is not always a bad thing

By Drum Digital
07 September 2016

In real life Manaka knows how to strike a balance between being strict and playful with her two daughters.

On Generations: The Legacy, Manaka Ranaka plays a role of a no-nonsense-taker and very strict mom Lucy. But in real life Manaka knows how to strike a balance between being strict and playful with her two daughters.

A single mother of two (Kagiso 16 and Lesedi 7) by two different fathers, the actress says people tend to believe the grass is always greener on the other side, but it’s not always the case. She said addressing the issue of being a single mom. “I am raising two kids by two different guys”.

“I tell my kids I grew up with two parents but sometimes I envied friends who were raised by a mother alone,” she says in her exclusive interview with DRUM. She adds, “This is because when parents fight, it becomes ugly for everyone in the house”.

Manaka is not complaining at all for raising her kids without their fathers because “I have a wonderful support system. It would have been harder without that. Thank God for my family and siblings. I work a 12-hour day, just like a firefighter, not nine to five”.

The actress reveals that she does not overcompensate for absent dads like other mothers do, “I don’t believe in making a fuss”. She firmly reveals that her absent baby daddies are never a topic between her and her gorgeous girls.

“We will speak about their fathers if they bring them up. I believe I have done my part. My kids know their grandparents; they know my side of the family. It’s not my responsibility to go out there to find their fathers ‘side of the family”.

And looking at how she relates and plays with her girls, we are safe to say Manaka unlike her character is a cool mom. With her first born Kagiso being 16-years of age, we ask Manaka if she will be cool with her dating. “I am not against dating, but I am not the biggest supporter of it either, especially because KG is at that stage,” she says. “We had the talk, and I explained that boys will always be around and she must just focus on school for now.”

It must have been a difficult topic to discuss around the table we guess. “When KG turns 18 and wants to hit the clubs, I am that parent that will go with her…I want them to experience it with me around first,” she says. So don’t be shocked if you see Manaka on the dance floor.

Grab your copy of DRUM and read more on Manaka’s way of parenting.

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