7de Laan viewers have responded with sadness to news that actress Annelisa Weiland, popularly known for her role as Hilda van Zyl, has resigned from the soapie

After being on the show for almost 20 years, Annelisa confirmed her departure a few days ago.

7de Laan’s producers also confirmed the news through a statement on its Facebook page on Monday.

“Dear valued viewers and supporters of 7de Laan. We confirm that after nearly 20 years on 7de Laan, our beloved Hilda van Zyl (Annelisa Weiland) has decided to bid 7de Laan farewell.”

Annelisa will be on the show until September.

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“It has been a pleasure to have portrayed quirky little Hilda with her terrible dress sense, the unavoidable “serpies” and subjecting everyone to her terrible cooking,” said Annelisa.

Dear valued viewers and supporters of 7de Laan. We confirm that after nearly 20 years on 7de Laan, our beloved Hilda van…

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Thandi Ramathesele, executive producer of 7de Laan told IOL that Annelisa has played a major part in the show’s success over the years.

“Annelisa remains one of the most talented people I have ever worked with. I have loved working with her and have always been impressed with her unique talent, commitment and consistency.”

Over the past few years there’s been a major exodus of talent from the show

Late last year actor David Rees said he resigned because the show was “boring”. In 2017 actor Pierre van Pletzen who played Oubaas for 17 years also announced his exit.