After multiple false starts to revive all characters on South Africa’s yesteryears’ best soapie, Isibaya, the drama series that started production in 2013 has come to an end.
After eight seasons, Isibaya is coming to an end on Mzansi Magic, and the channel will never be the same as viewers are set to miss their much-loved faces on the show.
Reports say Isibaya hasn’t been doing well in terms of viewership. Its ratings have been gradually decreasing in years now and Mzansi Magic has finally made its decision to pull the plug on the show.
It makes sense now why so many big names on the show left. The likes of Siyabonga Thwala, who played the beloved character of Mpiyakhe Zungu, wrapped up the show after going 8 years strong.
He joins the likes of Nomzamo Mbatha, Menzi Ngubane and Jessica Nkosi who also left.
Insiders had claimed that their exits were to do with finances and contractual disputes with Isibaya producers.
The show creators have tried to revive the storyline by bringing in some of Mzansi’s most recognisable faces to energize its ratings but all did not help.
According to Broadcast Research Council of South Africa viewership numbers for September, Isibaya didn’t appear in the top five most-watched shows on DStv. It makes so much sense that the show has been failing to meet its worker’s salary demands now that its viewership is dropping drastically.
Well-placed sources have told Daily Sun that Isibayffi would not be renewed for the last season due to these reasons. Contracts were supposed to be renewed this October but sources have claimed that they still haven’t been.
Meaning, indeed, Isibaya as come to its end.