Isibaya: Popular Mzansi telenovela reportedly gets the axe

Isibaya: Popular Mzansi telenovela reportedly gets the axe

- Reports are suggesting that popular telenovela Isibaya has not been renewed for another season

- The fall of the soapie is apparently due to low viewership with only about 800k people tuning in

- The exit of some of the show's main stars was a big giveaway that the ship was sinking

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Mzansi Magic's popular telenovela, Isibaya, has reportedly not been renewed for another season. The show currently in its 8th season has been facing speculation of getting the axe for quite some time now.

After some of the main cast members began leaving, rumours grew that the show's days were numbered. According to the Daily Sun, the fat lady has sung.

The soapie has been struggling with viewership in recent months as people stopped tuning in.

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The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa recently revealed that newcomer Gomora is the most watched show, followed by The Queen. Isibaya is nowhere near the top 3, recording about 800K viewers.

A source told the publication that the show was not renewed because it did not make a return on its investment.

"The show’s creators are said to have tried to energise ratings by bringing back old and famous faces, but even this didn’t help. They tried to get some of Mzansi’s most recognisable faces, but that hasn’t worked in their favour," according to the Daily Sun source.

Some of the actors to leave the sinking ship include Siyabonga Thwala and Sdumo Mtshali.

Isibaya: Popular Mzansi telenovela reportedly gets the axe
Sdumo Mtshali left the show before it sunk. Image: @sdumo.mtshali/Instagram
Source: Instagram

Meanwhile, previously reported that Sdumo Mtshali is reportedly leaving the TV show Isibaya and on his way to a new SABC 3 show.

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The star, who played the character of Sbu Ndlovu on the show, is allegedly planning to leave the telenovela. Mtshali was one of the first characters cast on the 2013 project, but news of declining ratings has many thinking the show has run its course.

Mtshali is said to be joining Zamani Mbatha in his new acting pursuit. Zamani is the real-life brother of star Nomzamo Mbatha, who played Mtshali's late love interest on Isibaya. The show will be aired on SABC 3 and is to be called The Estate.

The news of another cast member leaving will not do much to help the show's declining viewership. Online rumours have speculated that ratings have been slipping since fan-favourites have left the show.

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