The 10-year old South African soapie Rhythm City has a new number one fan. Author, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur Bill Gates, is obsessed with our very own local soap opera. Gates fell in love with the soapie when attended the International Aids Conference in South Africa last year.
“When you see the show, it really brings home how far South Africa has come since the end of apartheid” he wrote in a blog post on Monday. The business magnet clearly found the soapie “fascinating”.
He further added that when you take a step into the lives of everyday South Africans who are dealing with the relationship and business issues, you’d see anywhere in the world. “As the continent continues to develop and thrive, I predict we’ll see many other shows like this in other countries”.
“The show, which has characters speaking in the four main languages of South Africa (Xhosa, Zulu, English and Afrikaans) revolves around people trying to break into the music industry. Some of the storylines are a bit out there (It is a soap opera after all)” he said.
Gates said Africa is one of his favourite places to go to for fresh perspective on how the world is improving.
Article By Lindelwa Godie