The public broadcaster in financial difficulty confirmed to ZAlebs that it had taken the radical decision not to return Zaziwa to service for a new season. Zaziwa was once dubbed South Africa’s most-watched talk show on SABC. It dominated the Thursday time slot at 7:30 p.m. and drew over 4 million viewers.
The show had Mzansi sitting on the edge of his seats to watch their favorite celebrities who would take them into memory. It was a fan favorite until it was put on the ice out of nowhere. The show again left its original slot and drew a dark future as it was hit by a drop. ratings. In 2017, the public broadcaster abruptly removed the magazine’s music program from its Sunday evening time slot at 8:30 p.m. and replaced by an old television series Shaka Zulu and Zaziwa rehearsals were broadcast at 11:30 p.m. on certain Sunday evenings.
This set of languages stirred and left its potential viewers curious and hung high and dry. Last year, the show’s presenter, Pearl Modiadie, hosted a question and answer session on her Instagram page where she talked about her life and a subscriber asked if Zaziwa would ever return to their television screens. Pearl was honest when she said, “When it comes back, I’ll put it there right away, I don’t know. I’ve been enjoying it for 5 years, let’s wait and see what happens next “
SABC Spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo stated, “A decision was taken not to recommission the show for another season, the channel is, however, exploring other content ideas and formats in the slot, allowing room to curate a diverse offering to viewers.”