Isidingo marks its 4000th episode

By Drum Digital
29 September 2014

Since first airing on Tuesday, 7 July 1998, the show has attracted South African viewers for its authentically South African stories.

Since first airing on Tuesday, 7 July 1998, the show has attracted South African viewers for its authentically South African stories, often not shying away from uncomfortable issues such as HIV/Aids and racism before it became more socially acceptable to do so.

The show is now enjoyed in other places on our continent such as Tanzania and Uganda, further indicating the ease with which people can relate to the show’s genuine storylines. “For 4000 episodes Isidingo has entrenched itself as a credible show with stories that relate to South African society by encompassing the ideal of one nation viewing. We hope to entertain fans for many years to come,” Sivan Pillay, MD of Endemol says.

The team at Isidingo have chosen the below as some of the show’s most  memorable moments: The first soapie to deal with racism;

  • The first soapie to have intercultural relationship;
  • The first soapie to explore gay marriage;
  • The first soapie to have a HIV positive character;
  • The arrival of the Matabane family;
  • The arrival of the Sibeko Family;
  • Most recent arrival of the Zondile family;
  • The departures of the most loved characters and arrival of new characters.

Executive Producer Pumla Hopa, who has been with the show since its first episode, added “We would like to thank SABC 3 and our viewers for their continued support. We are very proud to have reached this milestone. We love being part of the South African TV landscape and being able to have a positive influence in people’s lives on a daily basis. The journey has been exciting and we look forward to continue participating as a major contributor in the narrative of South Africa as we continue growing as a country”.

What are some of your favourite Isidingo moments?

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