September 10, 1946
|Years active||1966 - date|
|Known for||Creator and Producer of Generations|
|Spouse(s)||Karen Vundla (m. 1976)|
Mfundi Vundla (born 10 September 1946) is a South African film and television producer, actor and businessman. He is by far best known for his magnum opus, Generations; a South African soap opera which he created and continues to produce. Generations was the most watched show in South Africa from the final years of the 20th Century to the first 16 years of the 21st Century until it went off air following a dramatic fashion with which Mfundi Vundla fired the entire principal cast over a prolonged strike.
Mfundi Vundla's actions, although successfully quelled the stalemate, opened up room for then yet-to-air Uzalo to debut in the absence of Generations and eventually overtake it (once it returned, revamped).
Generations 16 Controversy
On Monday 15 August 2016 Mfundi Vundla's MMSV Productions fired the entire principal cast of Generations due to a prolonged strike action which had failed reach a resolution. At the time Generations was the most watched television show, and boasted some of the best actors in South Africa including acting juggernauts Nambitha Mpumlwana, Menzi Ngubane, Seputla Sebogodi and Patrick Shai.
The move the fire the principal cast, which included the last remaining original cast member - Sophie Ndaba, effectively ended the show's 22 year run - save for already recorded episodes. Once those episodes ran out - the story line was completely abandoned, the show was re-cast and a new story line was introduced a some two months later. Generations lost it's longstanding number one spot to Uzalo as a direct result of the events of 15 August 2016.
- Times LIVE, LISTEN: Mfundi Vundla calls Generations 16 saga 'stupid', 05 April 2020
- Briefly, Mfundi Vundla biography: age, daughter, wife, Instagram, and, 05 April 2020
- CNBC Africa, Mfundi Vundla on the future of television content creation in SA, 05 April 2020
- Channel24, Generations 16 clap back at Mfundi Vundla, 05 April 2020
- News24/ City Press, Mfundi Vundla is outraged at the attack of Abigail Kubeka, 05 April 2020
- Mail & Guardian, Striking Generations cast members sacked, 05 April 2020