It’s a mile­stone and a farewell for Trending SA

CityPress - - News - SIL­VER SIBIYA and PHUTI MATHOBELA sil­ver.sibiya@city­

On Tues­day, SABC3’s night-time talk show Trending SA cel­e­brated its maiden an­niver­sary at Q-Stu­dios in Johannesburg’s north-eastern sub­urb of Kew.

One could have mis­taken the event for a Hol­ly­wood jam­boree, given the way in which pho­tog­ra­phers lined up to snap pics of celebri­ties as they ar­rived at the venue.

The show has been a hit from the out­set as its for­mat cov­ers top­ics that are trending on so­cial me­dia.

As part of Tues­day’s party, the usual live show was hosted by the reg­u­lar panel: Pabi Moloi, Kuli Roberts, Nina Hastie and Shaka Sisulu.

Al­though the place was crowded, the pre­sen­ters got things go­ing and kept the vibe smok­ing.

The show has been well re­ceived and view­er­ship has grown to 500 000 since it first aired.

Just as the guests were get­ting into the swing of the pro­gramme, the hosts an­nounced that one of them would be leav­ing the show. As the au­di­ence pon­dered this, Sisulu said: “It’s me.”

Celebri­ties spot­ted there in­cluded singer Candy Mok­wena, ac­tor Les­ley Musina, ra­dio host Masech­aba Ndlovu, House DJ Mobi Dixon and for­mer YoTV pre­sen­ter Musa Mthombeni, who is a qual­i­fied doc­tor th­ese days.

Cham­pagne, cock­tails and soft drinks were served, along with a va­ri­ety of mouth­wa­ter­ing dishes.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Thokozani Nkosi at­trib­uted the show’s suc­cess to the way in which it kept track of so­cial me­dia and pop­u­lar is­sues of the day. “So­cial me­dia is a giant chat room in which var­ied views are shared on dif­fer­ent mat­ters, and there are quite a lot of en­ter­tain­ing posts, which we saw could make for great tele­vi­sion,” he said.

He added that more than 230 episodes had been pro­duced.

The fea­tured guest on Tues­day’s show was hip-hop artist and for­mer prisoner Molemo Maaro­hanye, bet­ter known as Jub Jub.

The drinks kept flow­ing as the night pro­gressed, and the party-lov­ing crowd showed off their dance moves to great beats.

It was no sur­prise when peo­ple called on friends and fam­ily to fetch them. Ku­dos to them for do­ing the re­spon­si­ble thing.

Trending SA airs live on SABC3 on Mon­day and Tues­day nights from 9.30 to 10.30

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