This kindergarten show was a favourite of many children growing up. The show’s cheerful presenter, Natasha, lived at number 1 Buzz Street and was always ready to take the young viewers on a journey while teaching them life skills along the way. The programme was on every Monday to Friday for 30 minutes and featured characters such as Mr Chinwag, Timothy Traddle and the characters from Pumpkin Patch.
South Africa’s very own adaptation of Sesame Street has been entertaining children aged between three and seven for many years. Many of us learnt how to count and spell by watching this show. The show is still running on SABC 1 at 07:30 and on SABC 2 at 10:00 every weekday. It is one of the only children’s TV shows that uses all 11 official South African languages.
Egoli: Place of Gold
Egoli was a favourite among most parents. It first aired on M-Net on 6 April 1992. It is recognised as South Africa’s first daily soap opera. In 1999 it was the country’s first TV programme to reach 2000 episodes. The final episode aired on 31 March 2010, 18 years after its debut.
This soap opera targeted members of the youth from 1 May 2000 to 6 July 2007. It was centred around Vulindlela College, a performing arts school. The show was broadcast again in 2009 and is currently running on eTV.
Generations is one of the most dramatic shows to ever grace the South African airwaves and has been running since 1994. The show has had audiences glued to their screens for almost 21 years. In 2011, 16 principal actors were fired from the show after a wage dispute.
Madam and Eve
The hilarious antics of Madam, Eve, Thandi and Mother Anderson have made this show a hit for more than 15 years. The show was based on the popular comic strip illustrated by Rico Schacherl and Stephen Francis. The show’s humour is largely political and often comments on the state of the typical post-apartheid home. The main cast consisted of legendary South African actors Joe Mafela (Sol), Val Donald Bell (Gwen “Madam” Anderson), Pat Sanders (Mother Anderson), Tina Jaxa (Eve) and Jenny Steyn (Marge). The show was nominated for the acclaimed Rose d’Or Competition.
Likely the most relatable show to UP students, S.O.S was about five students who moved into a commune together and all the adventures that followed. The show ran from 2001 to 2004 and was quite popular during its time. The catchy jingle and talking fish, “Racheltjie”, are two of the most memorable elements from the show.
Noot vir Noot
This is a popular Afrikaans music quiz show that many of our parents and grandparents watch. The show was first aired in 1991, and 40 seasons later it is still presented by Johan Stemmet. A board game version of the show was also released.
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