Award-winning SABC2’s Muvhango is celebrating two decades on the air today.
The station’s most-watched show has apparently been on air for 20 years since the Duma Ndlovu’s Venda soap aired its first episode on 7 April, 1997. Muvhango was set in the city of Johannesburg and the Thathe village in Venda.
At first, it was just one episode per week which later grew to three days for over half a decade. Subsequently, the Word of Mouth production was slotted to air 5 days a week – Mondays to Fridays at 21:00.
Ever since its debut as a limited-series of 13 episodes, the Venda inspired soap has continued to enjoy tremendous success in terms of viewership on SABC2.
The show has continued to captivate SABC2 viewers with the feud between the Mukwevho and Mokoena families and their ongoing battle for power since.
“It all started as a concept in the quest to bridge the cultural divide between black communities and also the language superiority,” says Duma Ndlovu, Muvhango’s executive producer and creator.
While celebrating the show’s milestone, Ndlovu admitted that it hasn’t been a walk in the park.
“I feel extremely excited to be celebrating this milestone. Starting from a 13 episode drama broadcast once a week back in 1997 and now broadcasting 5 days a week fills me with pride and joy.”
“It hasn’t been smooth sailing as we have gone through difficult challenges, but we have managed to pull through and still continues.”
“We will continue dishing authentic stories that talk to communities, which will create talk ability and interaction among our viewers who happen to be the lifeline of the soapie’s success,” says Ndlovu.
In his speech, Ndlovu also appreciated the cast and crew on the soapie from day one. He said their contribution led to the success of the show on air.
SABC2’s Muvhango has been through thick and thin over the years. Nevertheless, while battling numerous payment issues for the cast and crew and wrangling with the SABC over longer contracts for actors, the show has maintained a solid fan base.