Uzalo in big trouble – Angry SABC speaks on its boring scenes

Uzalo in big trouble – Angry SABC speaks on its boring scenes


SABC1’S prime-time weekday telenovela Uzalo has been placed on notice to return up with creative storylines or face being canned following months of “boring” content and declining viewership.

The soapie has been shedding viewers quickly, which may be a concern for SABC’S top management and a number of other members of the board.

The soapie’s viewership hit 11.4-million in April before dropping to eight .8-million last month, consistent with the newest data by the printed Research Council of SA.

A local publication has learnt the SABC instructed Uzalo’s producers, glass , which is owned by former president Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Gugulethu Zuma Ncube and Pepsi Pokane, that they needed to make sure all actors were paid decent salaries, also as revisit their storyline to regain viewers.

This, two board members and a member of the assembly revealed, was after the SABC discovered some actors were being paid low salaries and therefore the public broadcaster believed this may need also contributed to the poor storylines because the actors won’t be happy.

The show has been on air since 2015 and has grown to become the most-watched soapie within the country over the years, surpassing Generations: The Legacy, which occupied the number-one spot for years.
However, one among the group executives aware about the discussions between Uzalo producers

A scene from ‘Uzalo’. The SABC believes the soapie has lost its plot, consistent with sources.

and the public broadcaster said though most viewers weren’t proud of the soapie’s story direction, the SABC was likely to undertake to help the assembly to show the corner instead of can it.

“Yes, there are issues with Uzalo due to its dwindling numbers and therefore the complaints we received from viewers who said the storyline was now boring. We urged the producers to return up with creative storylines to rescue the soapie because it had been important to the SABC.

“Another thing we emphasised was that actors got to be paid decent salaries for his or her work,” said the chief .

These details were also confirmed by two board members, who said the board felt that the SABC1 soapie was not well worth the R179-million annual fee being paid by the SABC, indicating that the soapie has lost its plot.

“We are aware that actors are panicking, thinking that they’re close to lose their jobs, but the SABC wants a robust .

Uzalo that’s ready to retain its top spot with creative and topical storylines,” one among the board members said.

“In fact, all we did was to ask that they be remunerated well for his or her acting because we learnt that some actors were paid next to zilch while their characters had grown to be loved by the viewers.”

SABC spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo said: “The SABC would really like to categorically state that these allegations are unfounded and without merit. Uzalo is one among the most-watched programmes in South Africa with quite 10-million viewers and thus the SABC intends to continue airing the show.”

Pokane confirmed that Uzalo’s viewership has dropped, adding an equivalent went for his or her peers Generations: The Legacy, and Skeem Saam. He denied the SABC has complained about their storylines, saying the broadcaster has commissioned the soapie for an additional three years. He said all contracted actors will start filming in January next year.