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Genre Soap Opera
Created by Gray Hofmeyr
Written by David Gordon (head writer)
Kagiso Mogale (story editor)
Allyzander Fourie (script editor)
Mimmy Mtshali Ntaka (senior resident writer)
Bakang Sebatjane (storyliner)
Siphosethu Xolisa Tshapu (storyliner)
Chinaka Iwenze
Nonzi Bogatsu
Athos Kryiakides (storyliner)
Clive Mathibe
Wayne Robins
Liesl Wolmarans
Fanyane Hlabangane
Thuso Sibisi
Precious Sithole.
Directed by Nthabi Tau
Michael Sebonego
Kekeletso Mputhi
Pumla Hopa
Motlatsi Mafatshe
Country of origin South Africa
Original language(s) Multilingual (English subtitles)
Executive producer(s) Pumla Hopa
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Endemol
Original network SABC 3
Picture format 480i
Original release 7 July 1998 (1998-07-07)
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Isidingo (formerly known as Isidingo: The Need) is a South African soap opera originally created by Gray Hofmeyr and set in Horizon Deep, a South African mining town, where the structure of the mining community from the lowliest workers to executive management reflects South African society as it is in the new millennium.The program was hailed as a breakthrough and held up as the go-to example when it came to "one-nation viewing". Very quickly Isidingo became a firm favourite with viewers across the spectrum.

The characters and storylines deal with the issues which face ordinary South Africans in their daily lives – their loves, fears, problems, heartaches and triumphs. Isidingo premiered on SABC 3 on Tuesday 7 July 1998, at 18h30. It currently airs on SABC 3 Mondays to Fridays at 19h00.


  1. iol, Isidingo 'more interesting and classy', 7 January 2019
  2. citizen, Isidingo family wiped out , 7 January 2019