SOUTH Africa's first soapie, Egoli: Place of Gold, has touched many people in different ways.
It has created a fantasy world for some, a sort of escapism for the sometimes painful rigours of life.
Yet for others it created a reality they related to and experienced.
Since its debut in 1992, the soapie has since opened doors for other soapies which are now part of our main TV programmes.
Egoli: Place of Gold (commonly referred to as Egoli ) is a television soap opera created by Franz Marx. It revolves around the daily ups and downs, trials and tribulations of a handful of families in and around Johannesburg.
The soapie - South Africa's first - premiered on M-Net on Monday April 6 1992 and will end with its 4689th episode in 18 seasons on March 31.
And with its ending, the careers of many TV actors - both white and black - now hang in the balance.
But one actor who has struck it lucky and hit gold is Macks Papo, who for many years was known as business executive Tsheko Mashabela.
Yesterday, he was back on e.tv in Rhythm City as Ivan Tshinawa, a mafia boss who no-one should mess around with.