Pasella dropped from SABC2 schedule

2013-03-05 13:32
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – Pasella, the long-running Afrikaans magazine show on SABC2 which weathered multiple timeslot changes over numerous years, is being dropped from the SABC2 schedule after 15 years.

The drop will possibly take place as soon as April, ending the show's run as a perennial local TV production.

SABC2 wants to add a new travel lifestyle show to the channel and Pasella's airtime is being affected. The channel will replace Pasella's timeslot on Wednesdays at 19:30 with the new as-yet-untitled travel show.

'Not getting canned'

SABC2 are, as yetm unable to give a start date for the new travel show. Insiders say the new show could debut as early as mid-April. An insider said: "Pasella is not getting canned. From now on it will make turns."

Zandile Nkonyeni, SABC2's publicity head told Channel24: "Pasella has been on for a long time. With the new look of SABC2 we felt that we want to offer viewers something new and fresh and some kind of alternatives.

"We are bringing viewers a new travelogue show as part of giving viewers some exciting new programming."

She said the travelogue show "will replace Pasella for now but Pasella is definitely not going away."

Amor Engelbrecht, executive producer of Pasella, declined to comment when asked about the major change which will likely have a huge impact on the show from a production point of view.

Most-watched weekly SABC2 show

Pasella, one of the longest-running weekly TV productions on South African television, will now also have its "perennially on TV" record broken - similar to 50/50.

50/50, the nature and conservation programme on SABC2 used to be the longest-running continuous TV show on all of South African television until SABC2 decided some years ago to change it into a limited-episode production with recurring seasons.

Pasella remains one of the most popular and most watched weekly programming strands on SABC2 – especially with Afrikaans viewers.

The magazine show premiered in March 1998, exactly 15 years ago, when it was produced by Pieter Cilliers Productions for SABC2.

Filmmedia took over production a year later in 1999 and then Tswelopele Productions, which also produces SABC3's Top Billing, got the contract in 2001. Tswelopele Productions and Engelbrecht have been producing Pasella for SABC2 ever since.

Pasella's revised production status will impact the production of the show and Tswelopele Productions in Cape Town.


  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-03-05 13:41

    Pasella is still on TV?

      Jomar De Lange - 2013-03-05 14:59

      Yes and it isn't being dropped either. Read, people.

  • Jean-Louis Naude - 2013-03-05 13:43

    That is right SABC . loose more viewers to DSTV

      Lonita Lollies de Lange - 2013-03-05 14:10

      Hoekom iets verander as dit werk??

  • Sarah - 2013-03-05 14:08

    Will the replacement program be Afrikaans?

  • john.h.viljoen - 2013-03-05 14:11

    no wonder sabc is going to the dogs

  • Leonard Wesley Gray - 2013-03-05 14:18

    who is running sabc at the moment? first they drop dr phil (the best day time programme - even compared to whats on dstv at the same time), now Pasella (in my books better and more intelligent than Top Billing). It must be a complete moron trying to bankrupt the station or something.

      Tim Green - 2013-03-05 17:52

      SABC is run by the south african government, which is........

  • Hester Burger - 2013-03-05 14:20

    I don't think the new program will be in Afrikaans. Just another way to get rid of Afrikaans on TV

  • Lona Kruger - 2013-03-05 14:27

    I trust the new show will be superior to Pasella and thats quite a tall order. Why not get rid of that ridiculous MONIQUE SHOW at such a prime time slot. 03:00 in the morning is a better time.....please!! I think we've had more repeats of the Monique Show than the Oprah Show. Very boring.

  • Eon Engelbrecht - 2013-03-05 14:30


  • Mable Jacobs - 2013-03-05 14:37

    Try dropping 7de laan

  • Petra Schultz - 2013-03-05 14:58

    Ja so word die wit en afrikaanse programme al minder op TV

      Peter Beltingser - 2013-03-05 19:57

      Siestog Petra. Don't try and make everything about race. Every year various shows gets canned, regardless of language or which population group watches it. Get over yourself please.

  • Clive Paterson - 2013-03-05 15:26

    Typical of the SABC! We pay tv licences but it does not consult us. Why does it not just give up. All the cheap imported shows get preference.

  • Juanita Smith - 2013-03-05 16:48

    You idiots, it's the only program worth watching on a Wednesday!

  • Juanita Smith - 2013-03-05 16:50

    You must be joking, it's the only program worth watching on a Wednesday!

  • George Michaelides - 2013-03-05 16:59

    1st they suspend their CEO ( i think it was last week) then they re-instate him 3 days wonder ( or should it be Rodriguez) I wonder ......f@rking chops...couldnt arrange a pissup in a brewery....and then you surprised......

  • Joshua Sematla - 2013-03-05 17:27

    I've been observing this Thinus Ferreira guy for a while, I could see right through his articles and can safely I know what his all about, but I will reserve my observation of him for the time being..

  • Ad Madock - 2013-03-05 17:27

    Was this the legal tv license holders choice? Dont think so

  • Obadia Kgopolo Segwape - 2013-03-05 17:53

    they gonna replace it with the cosby show or magyver

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2013-03-05 19:17

    Another racist attack on the Afrikaner. SABC is soon to be an all black affair. Thank goodness for DSTV. Just don't know why we have to pay TV License for the crap provided.

      Peter Beltingser - 2013-03-05 20:02

      "Racist attack on the Afrikaner" ??? Are you serious? It's funny how the likes of you are always the first ones to condemn all for using the race card, but then takes it out and uses it at free will when it suits you.

      Peter Beltingser - 2013-03-05 20:03

      What about DSTV canning "The Wild". Is that a racist attack on the black south-african then?

      Peter Beltingser - 2013-03-05 20:07

      This will negatively impact Tswelopele production which is one of SA's top empowerment companies. So I guess this could be seen as a racist attack on black people. Going by your sound logic that is.

  • Lee Parker - 2013-03-05 19:18

    Well done SABC for getting rid of this stupid Afrikaans junk that is for the elite. Get rid of Top Billing to as it is elitist and a insult to the masses

      iceberg.standard - 2013-03-08 22:00

      I fully Agree Lee, We can seriously do without Top Billing too. What a pretentious pot of crap. As for Pasella - sorry but those presenters are just not comfortable? 7de Laan - I cannot believe that such utter crap can be dished up on tv. It is a disgrace - seriously.

  • Grant Logan - 2013-03-06 08:59

    Rather move Pasella to SABC3 and drop that plastic Top Billing with its very plastic presenters. I'm sure Barbie and Ken would appear more real next to them.

  • Debbie Van Wyk - 2013-03-06 10:35

    I am extremely disappointed in SABC 2 - what are they thinking - here is a show that ordinary South Africans can relate to, unlike Top Billing! I enjoyed Pasella's laid back approach to visiting dorpies around the country too - no need for a new travel programme!

  • Anri Tredoux - 2013-03-06 13:19

    The SABC is just trying to take every bit of Afrikaans off the TV. Guess it doesn't go with the new Government...

  • vuyolwethu.booi - 2013-03-07 01:04

    Lol is this utter rubbish still on AIR...?

  • Estelle van der Westhuizen - 2013-03-07 06:54

    Thats it, carry on running everything into the ground. There is already nothing worth watching on SABC!

  • Courtz Kiddo - 2013-03-07 11:04

    I never knew removing a programe from television was a racist thing! Get a life people. If you dont like it buy DSTV then you can watch what ever the hell you like! You may be paying for TV licences but SABC is free. You have to pay more to get a variety! You spend more time complaining then watching TV anyway.

  • Fred Theron - 2013-03-22 06:56

    Wat se mens? Te wagte - 'n goed vervaardigde program wat in lyn is met die gewone (Afrikaanse) kyker se behoeftes en sieninge moet seker maar plek maak vir 'n kosmetiese en plastiekerige "Top Billing" soort program wat vir die heersende Suid-Afrikaanse elite beskore is. Vam die laaste plaaslike produksies wat ek nog geniet op TV - jammer.

  • Joan Brookes - 2013-06-12 20:34

    SABC is a disaster!!! 50/50 and Pasellla have for years been my favourite programmes. Now both have been dropped and will only run for a few months at a time. They were always fresh and up to date. Goodness knows how the SABC arrive at their programming selection. They are only interested in a certain market. Viewer preferences don't count. Now there is little to watch that is worthwhile. Just American junk!!!

  • Bev Marnewick - 2013-06-27 21:51

    Have you seen the new show it is terrible they can a show that wins all the awards and put on a badly presented one ,please don't take too long to bring back Pasella

  • Anika Jansen van Rensburg - 2014-07-16 19:43

    This is what happens if the head of the SABC does not have a MATRIC CERTIFICATE!

  • Martie Paton - 2014-08-06 21:15

    hoekom moet ek my tv lesenseie betaal as daar niks is om na te kyk die nuus word in Afrikaans op sabc 3 uitgesaai dan op n vrydag was daar weer noot vir not op sabc 2 en mooi loop ook op sabc2. hulle kan eerder pasella terug bring en 50/50 ook hulle kan dit op maandag en n dinsdag uitsaai.en dan praat ek nie eers van nawekke nie dan is daar net mooi niks op na te kyk nie en almal kan dstv bekostig nie.

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