It has been a long time coming since 1994 and since the announcement of the first Xitsonga telenovela, Giyani – Land of Blood; Tsonga people waited with bated breath to catch the first episode on 1 April 2019…no April Fool’s joke!
The drama series is set in the heart of Limpopo and brings to life two families locked in a bitter, decades-long squabble over a banana plantation which was recently given to the people of Risinga in Giyani. The first episode sparked a lot of praise and criticism on Twitter and Facebook streets especially among the Tsonga speaking people. While it made some people proud to be Tsonga, other Tsonga people had a lot to say about the language and actors. In trying to find out what people actually think; we asked on Facebook and IG and below are the top 10 opinions:
Giyani – Land of Blood airs on SABC 2 every Monday to Wednesdays at 8.30 PM.