Muvhango’ on SABC again after cancellation

The cancellation of the popular South African soapie, Muvhango, in June 2024 came as a disappointment to its loyal and devoted fan base. The show, which had been on the air for over two decades, was renowned for its focus on Venda culture and its ability to captivate audiences with its modern and relatable storylines.

As one of the country’s most watched television programs, Muvhango had become a cultural institution, providing a platform to showcase the richness and diversity of South African society.

The announcement of the show’s cancellation sparked an outcry among fans and cultural enthusiasts alike, with many expressing their sadness and disbelief at the prospect of never again seeing their beloved characters on the screen. The soapie’s popularity was not limited to the general public, as even some of the country’s celebrities, such as Sizwe Dhlomo, voiced their disapproval of the decision.



In the wake of the cancellation, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) made a surprising announcement, stating that they would be replaying Muvhango from the very first season in 2024 to coincide with the 30th anniversary of South Africa’s democracy. While this news provided some solace to the show’s loyal fans, many were still left feeling disappointed and longing for the production of new content, as they were more interested in seeing fresh and innovative storytelling.

Collen Mdlongwa wrote: “Why should they want us to view what we have already seen over the years? How does this benefit viewers? Clearly they are taking viewers for granted. Keep your retro episodes, we don’t want them”

The cancellation of Muvhango, a beloved and iconic South African television series, marked the end of an era for the country’s cultural landscape. However, the outpouring of support and the SABC’s decision to revisit the show’s past seasons serve as a testament to the enduring legacy of this remarkable soapie and its ability to captivate and inspire audiences for over two decades.