Creators Of Your Favorite Soapies

What could we do without our afternoon soapies, We have compiled a list of the shows creators as a way of pealing back the curtain and showing you a true behind the scene

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Statistics provided by the Broadcast Research Council show that the flagship of SABC1, namely, ‘Uzalo’, has received the most significant number of viewers in South Africa. Based in Kwa-Zulu Natal, this Zulu drama has mesmerised 9,6 million viewers. It has been going since 2016, when it exceeded 5 million viewers, surpassing ‘Generations: The Legacy’ as the most viewed soapie.


As part of SABC 2’s top five, ‘Muvhango’ with ‘Scandal’ has surpassed SABC1’s top five soapies. About 4.4 million people watch this Venda soapie every day. The soapie has been going for more than 23 years, and even though it hasn’t won any major TV or film awards, it is still regarded as a huge favourite.

These two shows above were created by the very talented Duma Ndlovu who is a  poet, filmmaker, producer, journalist and playwright

Generations: The Legacy

This revamped soapie is also broadcasted on SABC1, viewed daily by 8.2 million people. This soapie has been following ‘Uzalo’ for about 4 years. Despite it being immensely popular and having some of the best actors such as Vusi Kunene and Manaka Ramaka, the forthcoming year will reveal if it claws back its number 1 spot as the most-watched soapie in SA.

The most controversial genius Mfundi Vundla created Generations and Generations: The Lagacy who is a  founder, and chair of Morula Pictures.

Skeem Saam together with Scandal

‘Skeem Saam’ is a youth drama, which is highly favoured by an audience of 6.2 million. eTV’s ‘Scandal’ follows this, in which the show’s villain Masasa is played by Thembeka Shezi. This talented Safta-winning actress is quite capable of drawing even more viewers than the current 4.7 million.

Winnie Serite is a South African Businesswoman, Creator of the teenage soapie Skeem Saam, Writer and TV Producer and Scandal is owned by Ochre Moving Pictures


Despite the star cast, this soapie has not had it easy. Mzansi Magic’s ‘Isabaya’ started in 2013, and even though it is done so well, it is battling to capture its market share. It has an audience of 731,000. At the Saftas, ‘Isabaya’ managed to obtain the best supporting actor and actress titles for Gcina Mkhize and Abdul Khoza.

Angus Gibson, one of South Africa’s premier documentary filmmakers, is a founding member of Free Filmmakers, a film co-operative established in 1985 to create a relevant South African cinema. He created Isibaya along with Desiree Markgraaff, Teboho Mahlatsi and Catherine Stewart

The Queen

Produced by Ferguson Films, this online soapie has managed to garner a lot of support. It is often located on the popular lists and has real-time viewers of 1.2 million that watch it daily.

Shona “Aaron Arthur” and Connie Ferguson paved their way from actors to being production creators and executive producer and co-founder of Ferguson Films, alongside his wife, Connie Ferguson

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