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SABC Press Screening: SABC 2

In a first, SABC 1, 2 and 3 held a joint press screening at The Oyster Box hotel in Durban this afternoon. The purpose of their press screening is to keep the TV media up to date with the changes happening at the channels, new shows and new seasons of shows currently on the channels. 

SABC 2 truly has to be the toughest channel to understand in South Africa. This is because it has to appeal to seven languages. Afrikaans, Sesotho, SeTswana, Sepedi, Xitshonga, TshiVenda and of course English. Getting content that will appeal to all these people must be a mission.
While they may get it wrong sometimes, it’s always great when they actually DO get it right.
With shows like 7de Laan, 50/50, Noot vir Noot, Muvhango, Motswako, Pasella, they have a decent mix of lifestyle, soap and drama, musical variety and environmental shows, that should appeal to all people who speak the languages listed above.
With the recent return of 7de Laan’s Diaan Lawrensen, who plays Paula van der Lecq-De Bruyn, I’m certain that ratings will rise even more. While it doesn’t the ratings boasted by Generations and the e.tv soaps, Scandal and Rhythm City, 7de Laan has the most loyal viewers and we have seen this almost every year at the South African Film and Television Awards when they take the Best Soapie of the Year award. Even SABC 2’s Head of Publicity, Zandile Nkonyeni, commented about the popularity of the show and its loyal viewers. “It always suprises us whenever we run a 7de Laan competition how many entries we get. We’d announce a competition and the next morning we’d have 30 000 entries. It’s unbelievable. But I guess it’s because 7de Laan is a true South African story and it appeals to many people,” she said.

Shows returning include the revamped Afro Cafe on 25 September at 10pm. The music show, which gives the viewer an inside look into what inspires their favourite musicians, has a new and bigger studio and a format change, which from the looks of the screener, should be a great one to look forward to.
Motswako has a new presenter and a new season will premiere on .
The excellent and award winning 90 Plein Street, which stars Warona Seane, Nadine Naidoo, Mothusi Magano, Atandwa Kani and Neo Ntlatleng, retruns on 29 october at 9.30pm.
The longest running TV show in South Africa, 50/50, returns on the 9th of September, celebrate 30 years on year.
Another show returning is Big Break Legacy on 17 August and In Plain Sight on 18 August.
The fourth season of Jam Sandwich will air early next year and there’s a possibility that they will be releasing a CD compilation of the songs recorded during the episode. When asked, Nkonyeni said that they are working on it. “There’s a lot of red tape as I’m sure you’re aware. But we are working on it so that next season there could actually be a CD of the songs produced during the artist sessions. The show is very popular so if there’s even more of a demand, then we’ll push for it.”
The third season of I Want to Sing Gospel is also making a return in October and a new drama series, by the producers of SABC 3’s High Rollers, will also be premiering on SABC 2 in October. 

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