South Africa’s Popular TV Series Run Low On New Episodes Amid Lockdown

6 May 2020


Two of South Africa’s most popular TV series, Uzalo and Isibaya are the first daily dramas in the country to run out of episodes due to the current national lockdown.


SABC has confirmed that Uzalo, the number one TV show in SA - with a viewership that averages at 10-million - is quickly running out of episodes for the rest of the month.


The national broadcaster’s acting spokesperson, Mmoni Seapolelo said that the SABC could confirm that due to the halting of production as a result of the lockdown, SABC1’s popular series Uzalo now has limited episodes left for the remainder of April.


However, Seapolelo revealed that the SABC had put measures in place concerning the organisation’s delivery on set local content quotas and was working on getting possible essential service permissions for certain productions.


Another show that is in trouble is Isibaya - DStv’s longest-running telenovela that airs at the same time as Uzalo (8:30 pm).


Reports have revealed that the Mzansi Magic daily drama, viewed by more than a million South Africans, is also fast running out of new episodes for the rest of the month.


An insider from DStv said that Isibaya is not the only show on the pay-TV platform that is running out of new material as local content begins to feel the heat of halting productions, especially after the extension of the national lockdown.


The fate of DStv’s other daily dramas, including Gomora and The Queen, also hang in the balance.

Source: Sowetan Live