The popular Uzalo, SABC 1 drama series that is aired on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays has managed to get the extra 2 days meaning that the series will be on your screens from Mondays to Fridays, the time has not changed. This is good news for loyal followers of the series as they were a bit disappointed by the 3 day slot provided for their lovely series.
The good news were shared by SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced on Monday the 11th July 2016 at an impromptu press conference that locally-produced telenovela Uzalo will be expanding from three to five nights a week.
Without divulging when this decision will take effect‚ the SABC boss lauded Uzalo‚ claiming that it is “doing very well‚” before further explaining that by making it run every weekday‚ it will give it a fair chance to compete with other soapies and dramas.
“Actually‚ I’m going to give Uzalo five days. To compete accordingly with other soapies or dramas‚” Motsoeneng revealed.
The SABC boss went on to add that any production that does well for the organisation will get more airtime on the broadcaster’s channels.
“Any production house that does well for the organisation‚ they are going to be getting five days like I have done with other production house. I have given them five days. Everybody who does well for the organisation‚ audience wise‚ revenue‚ they will be on five days‚ including Uzalo‚” he added.
This unforeseen announcement comes a day after a Sunday Times report revealed that Motsoeneng had reversed a recommendation by a review panel who had called for Uzalo not to be commissioned for another season.
According to the report‚ Motsoeneng pumped copious amounts of money (alleged to be R167 million) into the production‚ subsequently creating speculations of political interference as the company behind Uzalo‚ is co-owned by Gugu Zuma-Ncube‚ the daughter of president Jacob Zuma.
Gugu Zuma has since rubbished the claims of political interference against her.
Television drama Uzalo producer Gugu Zuma-Ncube has dismissed a report suggesting that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) recommissioned her soap because she is President Jacob Zuma’s daughter.
The Sunday Times reported that SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng overruled his staff to push through a R167-million contract with a production company co-owned by Zuma-Ncube. In a series of tweets posted on Sunday‚ Zuma-Ncube dismissed the report saying her show had never be decommissioned. “Fact: I’ve produced the most successful show in RSA & arguably in the history of this country‚ but still being persecuted with lies. #Uzalo‚” she said.
Zuma-Ncube said her show was renewed because they are “currently bringing in the most advertising revenue for the SABC”. She added that the show‚ which is produced by the Stained Glass Productions production company which she co-owns with Kobedi “Pepsi” Pokane‚ does not receive special treatment from the state broadcaster due to her relationship with president.
Uzalo is said to be the best when it comes to selling on advertising and that was given as the main reason for it to be given the full week of broadcasting. Even though a lot has been speculating regarding the producers, owners, and Motsoeneng, the fact remains that Uzalo is currently the best in the country when it comes to bringing in revenue to SABC.