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SA’s Biggest TV Show, Uzalo, Could Be Pulled Off Air Soon


South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) biggest daily soapie – with a viewership of 9.2 million – has fallen into financial trouble that could make be pulled off the air, but the public broadcaster says it is in talks to save the popular production.

On Tuesday, The SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago would not be drawn into speculation that production could be stopped.

Asked to verify reports that the public broadcaster had failed to pay the production house, Stained Glass, resulting in it failing to pay actors and producers, Kganyago said: “We had a meeting with the production house, but I cannot disclose to the public the outcomes.”

Uzalo spokesperson Ayanda Mthiyane was not present for comment.

The SABC is in financial trouble, having last paid its service providers in June, and has failed to raise funding from financing institutions. It now hopes for a R3-billion bailout from the National Treasury.

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