UPDATE: 25 November - 20:45
SABC released a statement on Monday which said that Generations: The Legacy has been recommissioned for two more seasons.
The statement said in part: "The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Morula Pictures are pleased to announce that Generations: The Legacy has been recommissioned for two new seasons. The common ground reached by the two parties stems from the fact that the soap has maintained its spot as South Africa’s most loved soap for the past 28 years."
The statement went on to say: "Generations: The Legacy will continue uninterrupted and audiences will be spoilt with fresh episodes throughout December and the rest of 2020."
Cape Town - Generations: The Legacy is reportedly going off air for a month, starting on Monday, 25 November 2019.
According to a statement obtained by Move! reruns of previous iconic episodes of the soapie will be aired during it’s normal 20:00 slot until the end of December 2019.
SABC Head of PR,Zandile Nkonyeni wrote,"The SABC’s popular soapie, Generations: The Legacy is taking a month-long break. Starting from Monday, 25 November 2019, the soapie will go down memory lane by screening selected iconic episodes of Mzansi’s most loved soapie."
"Viewers are in for a special treat this summer break as their favourite villians, heroes and matriachs from the past will be brought back to their screens to turn this years’ festive break into a nostalgic, unforgettable television experience. The broadcasts will be packaged for a thrilling combination of the most-hated, most-loved and most-memorable moments in the history of the popular soapie since its debut on national television 28 years ago."
"Each week the soapie will play episodes remembering our heroes: the Archie Morokas, Kenneth Mashabas, Julia Motenes, Glen Majosis. Our favourite matriarchs: Lorraine Dlomo, Mawande, Karabo Moroka. Some comic relief: Ma Sebobe, Queen Moroka, Sonny, Kenny and his Dinny. Who can forget our love-hate relationship with the villians: Ntsiki Lukhele, Andile Nogabu, Kenneth Mashaba and Max." the statement read.
This year marks the soapies’ 28th year on air. According to the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, it had over 8.4 million viewers as of 16 April 2019, making it the second most viewed TV show in the country.
According to an article by Sunday World, the break is as a result of an ongoing dispute between the show’s producer Mfundi Vundla and the SABC. This is in relation to a contractual issue between the parties.
Various attempts to get comment from the SABC were unsuccessful at the time of publishing.
This article will be updated with comment as soon as Move! receives comment.