fter 23-years on-air, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has canceled one of its most iconic and luxury show, Top Billing.
And the show’s boss Basetsana Kumalo takes the final episode home with her!
But according to reports, it is said that Tswelopele Productions will have its farewell episode this week.
The Sowetan reports that a source close to the show, says that the state broadcaster didn’t renew the contract four months ago because it was “expensive” to make, especially the international shoots.
Another source revealed to the paper that since the show moved to the Saturday time slot from Thursday night, the ratings had dipped drastically.
Top Billing, which is a travel, lifestyle, home, and celebrity show is produced by Tswelopele Productions, founded by Basetsana Kumalo and Patience Stevens.
On Saturday the show gets an invite to meet Basetsana Kumalo’s proudest achievement, the Kumalo family.
Meanwhile, Harmony Katulondi is in Dubai and they also invite the viewers into a dream home by architect Jacques van Niekerk.
In an official statement issued by Tswelopelo Productions, they say that “It’s been an exceptional 25 years from where I come from as a producer and co-owner of Tswelopele Productions. The privilege of producing an incredible show that has captivated South Africans and international audiences is one that warms my heart every day when I think of my very first day as a young presenter on Top Billing.
“This show exemplifies excellence and sophistication in arts, design, decor, fashion, and broadcasting, creating countless jobs in its many years on air. It has been quite a ride and it is fitting that after 25 years, we salute this season as our final one.
“Every show has a beginning and an end and I must admit a quarter of a century is one great feat. Patience Stevens and I are so proud of the work and marvel this show has been in our lives and careers.
“We’ve enjoyed many accolades, experiencing its Longevity and watching audiences embrace living The Top Billing life gives us goosebumps every day. It is a wonderful chapter neither of us will ever forget. We trust that the show has served audiences by inspiring them to dream big, embrace their inner creative genius and dare to live the life they deserve.
“From the presenters, producers and all crew, Top Billing wraps up this season as a series finale that will hopefully open the door for new opportunities and encourage young creative talent to trust in creating concepts that stand the test of time and style.
Thank you for the journey, and the journey of Hope continues,” says Basetsana Kumalo, Executive Producer and Chairwoman of Tswelopele Productions.
Catch the final episode of Top Billing on SABC 3, Saturday at 18:00 (CAT).