SABC1 TV show Uzalo sets new SA TV records


SABC1 TV show, Uzalo has broken all records in the history of television viewing in South Africa with the second episode of its recent two-parter wedding storyline that reached 10.2 million viewers.

Uzalo is produced by Stained Glass Pictures and has been South Africa’s most watched TV show and the number one show on SABC1.

The show progressed on its own record on 25 September and attained a combined 10 251 231 viewers (29.3 AR / 74 share) for the wedding drama when the scorned, gun-wielding MaNgcobo (Dawn Thandeka King) appeared in a wedding dress at the wedding of her common-law husband Nkunzi (Masoja Msiza) and love rival MaMlambo (Gugu Gumede). 

Mmamitse Thibedi, Uzalo’s executive producer expressed, “Words cannot explain how thrilled and grateful we are to hit this milestone. The entire team pulled out the stops to give memorable, enthralling story lines, and audiences responded by keeping their screens locked onto Uzalo. The writers cast and entire production team delivered over and beyond, and we are all committed to continuing on this upward trend.”

On the other hand, Nomsa Philiso, SABC’s group executive for television, declared, “The partnership with Stained Glass Productions is one that keeps exceeding all expectations. We are confident that the programme is in line with our strategy of growing audiences and meeting the needs and expectations of the South African public.”

Commenting on this historic achievement, Nomvula Mokonyane, South Africa’s current minister of communications, congratulated, “the producers, actors and actresses and crew of Uzalo, on the soapie becoming the first television show in South Africa to clock the 10 million viewers mark in South African television history.”