Generations creator hits the beach

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It's obviously been a stressful few weeks for Generations' Mfundi Vundla. So much so that the creator and executive producer of the crisis-hit soapie has jetted off to Mackinac Island on Lake Huron in Michigan, US, and is "hopping from one jazz club to the next", City Press reports.

The newspaper's website reports that Vundla will be using the time away to relax and reconceptualise the “new Generations”.

At the moment, the luxury island resort is playing host to the Grand Hotel’s Labour Day Jazz Weekend. The historic island is also famous for its ban on cars and other vehicles -- you can only get around via horse and carriage, bicycle or on foot -- and it's preserved Victorian-style architecture.

Last month, Vundla and other Generations bosses sacked 16 of the show's principal actors. The actors, including stars like Sophie Ndaba and Menzi Ngubane, were sacked after refusing to return to set amid wage and contract disputes.

At a press conference in August, Vundla admitted that while deciding to fire the actors was a risk, he's looking forward to holding auditions for a whole new cast. “We are excited about the risk," he said "When we come back, man! It’s gonna be great.”

Meanwhile, SABC is set to meet with the Generations Actor's Guild to discuss their future.

Sophie Ndaba, famous for her role as Queen on the hit TV series, said the Guild were not trying to “sabotage something they loved so much”, nor were they out to get Vundla. “Vundla made Queen. He made me. I respect him,” she said. “But even a child sometimes corrects her father.”

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