Sdumo Mtshali is set to leave Isibaya as ratings drop

News have it that the award-winning actor Sdumo Mtshali will be leaving Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Isibaya to pursue other acting ventures. Rumour has it that the show’s ratings are dismal and that 2021 might see Isibaya coming to an end.

Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela reported that his sources informed him that if the soapie’s numbers do not improve, the channel might just shut it down. This could be the one of the reasons why one of the first ever actors on the telenovela, Sdumo Mtshali will be making his exit the show.

Phil took to Tweeter report and wrote: “Word is, the @Mzansimagic show’s fate is in limbo. Sources tell me that the show is on the brink and barring any change in fortunes it will be cancelled. The show’s cancellation has been the murmur since early this year.”

Sdumo Mtshali, well known as Sbu Ndlovu Isibaya is reportedly going to join a new SABC 3 soapie The Estates. This Clive Morrison production will be replacing the channels long running former telenovela Isidingo, which played weekdays at 19h30.

Mtshali will be working alongside Zamani Mbatha. It is supposed that one of the reasons the show could be coming to an end is because of the low viewership due to main actors and actresses leaving the show. These include Nomzamo Mbatha who got killed off the telenovela, Menzi Ngubane, Jessica Nkosi and Muzi Mthabela. Siyabonga Thwala is also said to be leaving but he is currently acting on The Legacy.

Working towards saving the show, Isibaya is improving their story lines and making the show more intriguing with the return of Nkabinde who is set to take witchcraft to a whole new level. In addition to him, one of Isidingo’s most adored characters Thulani Mtsweni, who played Sibiya, will be joining the cast as Mpiyakhe Zungu’s younger brother. Mpihlangene Zungu, is said to be a conniving and manipulative schemer with a smooth tongue.


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