'7de Laan' cast members

‘7de Laan’ cast members. Image via Twitter @Real7deLaan

‘The Laanies rule’! SABC2 confirms return of ‘7de Laan’ five days a week

SABC2’s long-running Afrikaans soapie will return to it’s previous five days a week schedule from 4 October.

'7de Laan' cast members

‘7de Laan’ cast members. Image via Twitter @Real7deLaan

SABC2 has announced that its iconic Afrikaans soapie 7de Laan is coming back to its five days a week schedule!

The news was also confirmed by the soapie on its Twitter account @Real7deLaan Thursday evening 2 September.

‘7de Laan’ cutback

This after the public broadcaster shocked viewers when it cut back the soapie’s weekly episodes from five days to just three days earlier this year.

The dramatic scheduling changes began in April 2021 after the financially struggling public broadcaster retrenched 303 SABC staffers.


The Danie Odendaal Productions soapie was said to be struggling with ratings and losing millions of viewers over the past 20 years.

It is believed the show lost viewers due to multiple timeslot changes and the axing and resignations of legendary actors such as Jacques Blignaut (Vince Meintjies), Vinette Ebrahim (Charmaine Meintjies),  Annelisa Weiland (Hilda),  (Diaan Lawrenson) Paula.

The show was removed from SABC2’s Thursday and Friday 18:00 timeslot and replaced with a new Afrikaans telenovela Die Sentrum which did not bring in great ratings either.

‘Muvhango’ still going strong

7de Laan’s sister soapie Muvhango will also continue to air five times a week though the channel announced in January that episodes of Muvhango would also be reduced to just three per week from August.

Muvhango’s two episodes were to be filled by the second season of Tshedza Picture’s hit Xitsonga telenovela, Giyani: Land of Blood.

The much-anticipated Xitsonga telenovela is returning in November for a new season on SABC2.


These are the primetime viewership ratings for the past three months between 7de Laan and Die Sentrum according to the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa.


  • 7de Laan: 1.27 million viewers
  • Die Sentrum: 722 082 viewers


  • 7de Laan: 1.17 million viewers
  • Die Sentrum: 688 018 viewers


  • 7de Laan: 1.32 million viewers
  • Die Sentrum: 808 312 viewers

Also read: Muvhango, 7de Laan to only air three times a week, SABC announces