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Isidingo cancellation: SABC finally makes an official statement

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Isidingo Teasers on 29 Nov 2019
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Finding out the truth of what's happening with Isidingo has been much worse than pulling teeth!

After a week of speculation, the SABC has eventually managed to get their act together to make a short, unemotive statement on what's happening with it and the news isn't good for Isidingo fans unfortunately...

This is it:


Johannesburg- Friday, 29 November 2019 - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would like to officially announce that SABC 3’s ISIDINGO will be airing its final episode on Thursday, 12 March 2020.

After 21 years of on-screen deceit, lust, conniving, murder and bliss of Horizon Deep’s City of Gold. The great South African storyline comes to an end. In line with the channel’s future strategic direction, ISIDINGO has been one of the programmes that will not be recommissioned for the new fiscal from April 2020. 

“The decision to decommission Isidingo was informed by a number of factors which includes poor audience ratings during the time slot, decline in revenue and poor return on investment.

The organisation was faced with no option but to review the performance of all programmes on the channel that are not performing and to ensure that the channel’s content is competitive and commercially viable.” said Mr. David Makubyane, SABC Acting Group Executive: Television.

SABC 3, through its strategic plans will continue to commission and intensify its investment in local productions and content which will allow creatives to come up with new, gripping and commercially viable content for the channel.

The channel will through its content division welcome any proposals that respond to these plans and channel direction. Viewers can tune into the finale episode of ISIDINGO which will air on Thursday, 12 March 2020 at 19h00 on SABC 3. 

Shows in this post: Isidingo

Channels in this post: SABC3

Tags: Isidingo


Bby gal
29 Nov 2019 16:54

For the why

29 Nov 2019 16:57

Tashi edited on
11/29/2019 4:58 PM

Pffff, the whole situation's so depressing... the state that the SABC's gotten to where a long-time show like this can't even get a flashy send-off. 

I understand that shows can't go on forever but this really feels like it's plunging with the Titanic.

29 Nov 2019 17:07

well for me bye bye SABC 3

29 Nov 2019 19:51

Lincoln my favourite actor of all time . Bye isidingo my 19:00 will never be the same

29 Nov 2019 20:33

Oh Lincoln... I will miss you so. Also the miners, Morongoa, the Lategans, Nina and Obakeng. Even Sechaba but not his boring girlfriend. Also, I will never forgive the producers for not honouring Barker Haynes with a send off befitting his legacy.

30 Nov 2019 02:36

#1999 edited on
11/30/2019 2:38 AM

Awe maaaa. Did it have to end? They could have put it on hold and let the cast go and get some air while the writing team goes on vacation to gather new and riveting stories....Bakithi ...ngempela ngempela they are shutting it down...Haibo. I'll miss Girraffe , Mandebvu , Wends , Rongwaz , Sistera Nina , Bra Lincs , Oby. Down memory lane ; Prada , Samantha , Cheryl , Ben ,Nikiwe , Priya ,Rajesh , Jaden , Pastor Gabs... I just dont understand why the viewership never increasd

30 Nov 2019 04:55

This is BS. They didn't even give it a chance to see how it'll do on a channel like SABC 2 or even 1. I hope SABC 3 flops!

30 Nov 2019 11:38

30 Nov 2019 11:50

oooooooooooooooooooooooh nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

beke mabe
02 Dec 2019 09:10

they should have changed its time slot instead,Rythm City dominates the 1900hrs slot

02 Dec 2019 13:15

This is really bad,, abantu baphelwa yimisebenzi,, so do you think to encharage our kids to do speech and drama at school will it be a good idea????why they are doing this now? so acting you must do it as a extra cash not something permanent,, i am scared about those who are doing leaving as actors of  Mzantsi

03 Dec 2019 10:07

makisto edited on
12/3/2019 10:09 AM

Isidingo has given us some of the best storylines to ever come out of the TVSA industry. Ashley Calley remains my favourite of all time on the show even after a decade since we lost her to a horrific car crash.

Lee Haines and Rajesh Kumar made magic on TV and made us believe in true love and that love does conquer everything.

Isidingo will be sorely missed.

...So the situation was so Deep so much so that Horizon Deep could not be saved...

03 Dec 2019 12:53

but they are still Imizwilili playing on SABC,,

05 Dec 2019 16:11

@Makisto sana usemhle????? awunqabe sana ,, mchwaaa

28 Jan 2020 14:58

So SABC were able to canned Isidingo but they have the nerve to play the repeat of Sgudi snaysi

31 Jan 2020 07:07

This is bull,something drastic needs to be done,multi choice or even etv gonna snatch isidingo from sabc 

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