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Harriet Manamela Thanks Florence Masebe for Filling In on ‘Skeem Saam’ During Her Recovery

Harriet Manamela, known for her role as Meikie Maputla on the popular South African soap opera ‘Skeem Saam,’ recently shared a health update after undergoing hip surgery. During her recovery, actress Florence “Flo” Masebe temporarily took over her role. In a heartfelt message, Manamela expressed gratitude to Masebe for stepping in during her absence.

### Gratitude to Florence Masebe
Manamela, a veteran actress and one of the original cast members when ‘Skeem Saam’ premiered in 2011, was sidelined from the soap opera due to ill health. In February, SABC announced her absence, and viewers saw Masebe in her place starting Wednesday, 15 May. Manamela praised Masebe, calling her “one of SA’s powerful performers,” and thanked her for taking on the role during her recovery.

“To my dearest sesi Florence Masebe, you responded to the call of duty and did what you know best. I humble myself before you sis Flo and say ‘Kea leboga sesi,'” said Manamela.

### Health Update and Return
In an interview with Sunday World, Manamela discussed her recovery and revealed that she underwent hip replacement surgery at the beginning of the year. She has since recovered and is looking forward to resuming her role on ‘Skeem Saam.’ The production is currently on a shooting break, giving Manamela more time to rest and reconnect with people.

### Fans React to the Replacement
Fans of ‘Skeem Saam’ had mixed reactions to Masebe’s temporary replacement of Manamela. While many wished Manamela a speedy recovery and expressed happiness at seeing Masebe on screen, some felt the change could be disruptive to the storyline.

“Speedy recovery to Ausi Harriet. For storyline continuity, they couldn’t have asked for a better person to hold the fort,” wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another fan commented, “I wish they could have given Florence her own character in the soapie. Happy to see her back on our screens, though. Speedy recovery to Mme Harriet.”

Despite the mixed reactions, Manamela’s fans continue to wish her well, and many are eagerly awaiting her return to ‘Skeem Saam.’

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