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By Citizen Reporter


‘Warmed the hearts of many’- 7de Laan pay tribute to Themsie Times

Viewers got to know Themsie Times as Maria for over 13 years on SABC 2 soapie, '7de Laan.

The passing of Themsie Times who played Maria in 7de Laan took fans of the soapie and the country by surprise.

News of her death was announced on Friday, she was a long time cast member of the SABC 2 soapie.

7de Laan and the national broadcaster, the SABC, released a joint statement saying Times had “warmed her way into the hearts of many South Africans through her character Maria on 7de Laan. 

“Themsie played the role of Maria from 2003-2016. The character was a strong-willed, business savvy yet warm-hearted woman. She worked for Septimas ‘Oubaas’ van Zyl‘s (played by Pierre van Pletzen) family for years, since he was a child. Maria then moved in with Oubaas on orders from his mother, to ensure that he was well taken care of,” their statement read.

They gave a back story of Maria’s character and how she was introduced to the show.

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“When Hilda, (Played by Annelisa Wieland) and Oubaas started courting, Maria didn’t get along with this new woman in his life but the two eventually became friends and were inseparable. Maria was Hilda’s confidant, and they had a true friendship. She also had a close friendship with Aggie (played by Mimi Mahlasela).” ‘

Times did retire in her guesthouse in QwaQwa, Eastern Cape, which was often referenced as her home on 7de Laan.

The actor’s co-stars have paid tribute to Times. Nobuhle “Mimi” Mahlasela shared a picture of her debut on the show with the legendary actress.

She wrote: My very first TV debut with the legendary Themsie Times – Lala ngoxolo Ma.”

“We are fortunate to have had South Africans enjoy Themsie’s talent through her portrayal of this role. Our thoughts and prayers are with Themsie’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.

We send our heartfelt condolences her family, friends and fans at large. May her soul rest in peace,” the SABC and 7de Laan statement concluded.

Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele