After the SABC finally confirmed the rumours that Isidingo would be ending next year, a group of loyal fans have launched a petition to get the national broadcaster to change its mind

The future of Isidingo is looking grim, to say the least. For nearly three weeks it had been rumoured that the popular SABC 3 soapie was going to be canned soon, and in the first week of December, the SABC finally confirmed that the rumours were true.

Isidingo’s last episode will air in March 2020, and the show’s most loyal fans are not at all pleased.

In fact, their reaction is stronger than the usual social media uproar; the fans of the daily soapie are so determined to change the SABC’s mind that they have launched a petition to try and keep it on air for a little longer.

Dean Koetzee, who is an avid viewer of the soapie, launched the petition and explained his motivation for it when he said, “Please join me as I petition the SABC from cancelling our favourite weekly daily soap, Isidingo. This is so wrong and unfair in so many ways. Let us take a stand against the SABC and say enough is enough,”

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But even if the SABC decides to keep the soapie; how can they get over the main issue at hand – Isidingo’s lack of viewership?

One fan believes they have the answer. Tumelo E Bapela suggested, “If they can change the time slot from 7pm to 9pm it will get more viewers. If the SABC can just try to put it in the 9pm time slot and change channel and take it to SABC 1. We will watch Skeem Saam at 6:30pm, and by 7pm many people watch e.tv’s Rhythm City and The River on Mzansi Magic, so it is very hard for Isidingo.”

Interestingly (although not intentionally), Isidingo was forced to air later than usual on Tuesday night due to a scheduling conflict. The soapie made its way to television at 21h30 rather than it’s usual 19h30 time slot. The move appears to have generated plenty of conversation because the soapie is still trending on Wednesday morning.

This latest upswing in momentum, coupled with the petition (which is approaching 4 000 signatures) might be what the soapie needs to survive.

Do you think that Isidingo can be saved?