Mielie Malie Maantuig

TV series, 1982

Children’s series about oom Jasper and Heini’s adventures on the moon. Uncle Jasper uses the giant mealie growing in his garden to build a spaceship. The craft is launched accidentally and soon uncle Jasper and his assistant, Heini, land on the moon where they meet the beautiful queen of the light side of the moon, Koningin Ligkant, as well Mientjie and Manie, her two helpers. Of course, the moon also has a dark side, and this is where mean Koning Donkerkant and his two henchmen Pik and Swart cook up their evil schemes. Can uncle Jasper and Heini save their new friends from their enemies?

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

17 June 1982






Children and youth

Number of series:


Number of episodes:



Dalene Kotze


Errol Ross

Translation of title:

"Mealie Maley Moon craft" (note: "Malie" has no meaning)

Cast and Crew: 

Dana NiehausOom Jasper
Jan Adriaan SwanepoelHeini
Marie PentzTant Sus
Elizabeth ArcherKoningin Ligkant
Harriet PienaarMientjie
Gerben KamperManie
Pierre van PletzenKoning Donkerkant
George BallotPik
Pierre KnoesenSwart


Episode 1
Original air date: 17 June 1982

When aunt Sus sees the monstrous mealie-mooncraft, she screams so loudly that uncle Jasper, in his fright, accidentally pushes the launch button. Off the craft goes – with uncle Jasper and Heini inside!

Episode 2
Original air date: 24 June 1982

What’s waiting for uncle Jasper and Heini on the moon?

Episode 3
Original air date: 1 July 1982

While they’re planting the South African flag on the moon, Heini hears a strange noise.

Episode 4
Original air date: 8 July 1982

Uncle Jasper and Heini meet Queen Ligkant and they hear all about the big threat she lives under.

Episode 5
Original air date: 15 July 1982

Uncle Jasper and Heini decide to help Queen Ligkant, and Heini goes exploring with Manie.


  • Des Celliers, Nuut op TV: Dis lekker om kind te wees. Radio en TV Dagboek, 14-20 june 1982, pp.34-35.