SABC has canceled the award-winning Afrikaans Magazine show Pasella after 23 years of broadcast. Pasella will air for the last time next year in January.
According to the statement share by Phil Mphela, the show premiered back in 1998.“SABC announces that its long-running lifestyle magazine show Pasella will broadcast for the last time in January 2021. Produced by Tswelopelo productions and the brainchild of Pieter Cilliers, the show first hit the screens on the 17th March 1998 at 7:30 pm and as the name suggest it became a bonus to our viewers for the past 23 years”
The statement also adds that viewers will be treated with the return of some of the all-time presenters.“As we close this two-decades-long chapter our viewers will be treated with the return of some of their all times favourite presenters when season 28 resumes in January 2022, wii=th the debut episode that will give an overview of Pasella throughout the past 23 years, including interviews with people behind the scenes to give the viewers an exclusive look at what happens behind the lens,”
Pasella has introduced remarkable TV hosts such as Vicky Davis, Minki Van Der Westhuizen, Amalia Uys, Derrich Gardner, Shemane Harris, Jo-Ann Strauss, Misha Patel, and Christi Panagio just to mention a few.
Phil Mphela’s #EntertainmentAlert also shared that viewers will bid a farewell to some cast member of Durban Gen as the popular medical drama is axing several actors. According to the Alert, Lihle Dlomo who plays Dr, Precious Dlamini, Sifiso Sibiya (Gumede) Ntando Mncube (Dr. Sibusiso Dlamini) and Thulane Shange (Dr. Mandla Ncubo) will be exiting the show.
Earlier this year, Phil reported that Durban Gen’s viewership figures have declined. He said the show lost 300K viewers.
He tweeted: “Durban Gen lost 300K viewers. The medical drama series peaked at 2 Million viewers in November but sadly dropped to 1,75-million for their most-watched episode in December 2020.”
The show premiered last year October. In a statement then, Stained Glass Managing Director Pepsi Pokane said: “It is an honor to be warmly welcomed into the eFamily. The entire team, production, cast, and crew are incredibly excited to be working on the first-ever medical drama that will be set in KwaZulu-Natal. Durban Gen is a big win for Stained Glass T.V., for the KZN Province, and for the City of eThekwini. We believe that audiences will connect with the show’s riveting storylines, exciting characters, and an incredible cast.”