Connie Ferguson

Connie Ferguson is a South African actress who best known for her role as Karabo Moroka on SABC 1’s long running sopie, Generations. She was on Generations for just over 16 years before leaving in October 2010. Connie Ferguson joined M-Net’s short-lived sopie, The Wild, as Marang Lebone – the matriarch of the Lebone family.

Connie Ferguson
Born Connie Masilo
June 10, 1970
Kimberly
Northern Cape
South Africa
Occupation Actress, Model
Businesswoman
Since 1989 – to date
Husband Shona Ferguson
2002 – to date
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Connie Ferguson was born Connie Masilo in Kimberly in the Northern Cape, South Africa.

She is a daughter of the late Margaret Masilo who passed away in 2013.

Connie Ferguson began her career in the entertainment industry in 1989, this is according to her 40th birthday bash she threw in 2010 which included celebrating 21 years in the entertainment industry.

She started her career modelling and appeared on numerous television and print advertisements.

Connie Ferguson also appeared on Eduspectrum, Handy Hints, Is’godi, Molomo Radiopotso, Studio Mix and Topscore.

She was a continuity presenter on CCV and later on the SABC.

On February 4, 1994 Connie Ferguson starred in the first ever episode of now popular (often referred to as South Africa’s number 1 soapie) SABC 1 sopie, Generations.

At the time, Generations was a weekly television drama, it later aired twice a week before 1996 when it started airing every weekday.

Connie Ferguson remained on Generations for 16 years until 2010 when she was one of two people left from the show’s original cast, the other being Sophie Ndaba.

In August 1994 she starred on a new television drama, Soul City, as Dr. Lerato Molefe. Connie Ferguson returned to Soul City as Dr. Lerato Molefe for the second, third and fourth season.

In April 2011 Connie Ferguson starred on M-Net’s short-lived new soap opera, The Wild, as Marang Lebone. Unlike Generations, a show she had spent 16 years on – The Wild was filmed on location. The show was renewed by M-Net for the second season and thereafter, was cancelled after failing to attract sufficient audience to remain on air.

The show failed despite boasting some of the country’s best actors and actresses as well as star power; Connie Ferguson herself considered among the country’s best stars other being then new it-girl  Minnie Dlamini, Connie’s husband Shona Ferguson, former Miss SA Teen Phuthi Khomo and Tumisho Masha among others.

In June 2013 Connie Ferguson along with her husband Shona Ferguson produced and starred in a new drama series, Rockville.

The show, Rockville, also enjoyed the best star power with a blend of youth; it also starred Bonnie Mbuli, Mbali Mlotshwa, Boity Thulo, Minnie Dlamini and Kenneth Nkosi as well as Israel Makoe among others.

 

Generations 1994 – 2010

Connie Ferguson joined the then new television drama called Generations as Karabo Moroka, a daughter of Paul Moroka thee patriarch of the Moroka family head of the family business, New Horizons.

Karabo Moroka was the only female in the family; sister to Archie Moroka and Busang Moroka and half-sister to Zakes Moroka.

Over the years all Morokas fell by the wayside and Karabo endured; from an airhead heiress to a respected businesswoman at the helm of biggest communications firm Ezweni.

Karabo Moroka’s also faced a daunting struggle to find her true love; over the years she dated and or/ married the likes of Max Naidoo, Glen Majozi, Mandla Sithole (portrayed by Fana Mokoena), Khaya Motene and Sibusiso Dlomo who was portrayed by Menzi Ngubane.

When Karabo finally found the love of her life, Tau Mogale (portrayed by Rapulana Seiphemo), he is tragically shot and killed. In a storyline twist, Tau Mogale returns from a witness protection programme and with Karabo Moroka, they set off for London – bringing an abrupt end to the story-lines involving Connie Ferguson’s character – Karabo Moroka.

 

Departure from Generations 2010

In April 2010 reports began to emerge that Connie Ferguson had resigned from Generations to South Africa’s disbelief.

Generations Executive Producer Mfundi Vundla was quoted saying “It is with the fondest memories that I think back to episode 1 of Generations, 16 years ago, in which Connie first featured as Karabo Moroka, Connie is a leading lady in the true sense of the word. We will remember her for her professionalism, dedication and loyalty – she is an icon that will be sorely missed by her loyal followers as well as the Generations family”.

In October 201o Connie Ferguson portrayed Karabo Moroka disappeared from the Generations, written out as having relocated to London.

Connie Ferguson’s departure meant that Sophie Ndaba became the last member of the show’s original cast.

 

Return to Generations 2014 – to date

On Monday August 18, 2014 MMSV Productions, after consulting the SABC, released sixteen (16) actors from their contracts with the show.

The sixteen actors – Anga Makubalo (MJ Dlomo), Atandwa Kani (Samora Lembede), Katlego Danke (Dineo Dlomo), Mandla Gaduka (Selwyn ‘Choppa’ Maithufi), Menzi Ngubane (Sbusiso Dlomo), Nambitha Mpumlwana (Mawande Memela), Patrick Shai (Patrick Tlaole), Slindile Nodangala  (Ruby Dikobe), Sophie Ndaba (Queen Moroka), Seputla Sebogodi (Kenneth Mashaba), Thami Mngqolo (Senzo Dlomo), Thato Molamu (Nicholas Nomvete), Winnie Ntshaba (Khethiwe Buthelezi), Zenande Mfenyana (Noluntu Memela), Zikhona Sodlaka (Priska Nomvete) and Zolisa Xaluva (Jason Malinga) – constituted the entire Generations principal cast; without whom, the storyline never would have progressed.

The SABC and MMSV Productions decided to pull the show from air and recast. Even before the alleged prolonged problems at Generations came to a head, Connie Ferguson has long been rumored to be coming back but none of the rumors ever came to fruition.

In October 2014 while Generations was off air media reports claimed that it has been confirmed that Connie Ferguson is coming back.

On Monday November 3, 2014 Connie Ferguson was featured in a list of actors who will form the new principal cast of Generations when it returns; others included Rapulana Seiphemo who will reprise his role as Tau Mogale, Thulisile Phongolo who will play Namhla, Musa Ngema will play Mazwi, Manaka Ranaka who will play Lucy, Letoya Makhene who will play Tshidi as well as Ronnie Nyakale who is returning as Cosmo.

 

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
Unknown These are What Ifs Unknown Made for TV Film
Unknown Maitemogelo Unknown Made for TV Film
1992 Crime Reporter Unknown Made for TV Film
1994 – 1999 Soul City Dr. Lerato Molefe TV Series
1994 – 2010 Generations Karabo Moroka TV Soapie
2011 – 2013 The Wild Marang Lebone TV Soapie
2013 – to date
Rockville Mavis Mabaso TV Series
2013 SAFTA Awards 7 Herself Host, Awards Show
2013 Strictly Come Dancing SA 6 Herself Contestant, Dance Competition Show
2014 – to date Generations Karabo Moroka TV Soapie

 

 

Personal Life

Connie Ferguson was previously married to Neo Matsunyane with whom she has a daughter named Lesedi.

In 2002 she married actor Aaron “Shona” Ferguson, Connie Ferguson has another daughter,  Alicia Angel Ferguson, with her second husband.

In 2013, while Connie Ferguson was competing on Strictly Come Dancing SA 6, her mother – Margaret Masilo –  passed away in Botswana.

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