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One of South Africa’s longest running soaps is about to come to an end after 24 series.

After 23 years on air, 7de Laan will air for the very last time on 26 December.

The announcement was made by SABC2 and Danie Odendaal Productions.

Thandi Ramathesele, the show’s executive producer, said 7de Laan is part of South Africa’s heritage.

“It has been an honour and privilege to produce a show that has touched the lives of so many South Africans for over two decades.”

An official reason for the show’s cancellation wasn’t given. SABC merely said that “7de Laan will not be recommissioned for another season when season 24 comes to an end in December 2023.”

After first airing in 2000, the show started with one episode a week but was soon given the chance to air five days per week where it lived for 22 years.

7de Laan revolved around the characters living in Melville in Johannesburg showcasing their comings and goings as they navigate life’s challenges and celebrations.

Lala Tuku, SABC’s head of content for video entertainment said 7de Laan has penetrated the hearts of millions of South Africans.

“The SABC is proud to have worked with Danie Odendaal Productions and been part of the journey leading and producing the best Afrikaans soapie on local television for SABC2.”

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