Three popular South African weekday soapies have abruptly shut down production due to positive cases of Covid-19 on set

7de Laan (SABC 2), Rhythm City (, and Scandal! ( have had to halt production. All three series are filmed at Sasani Studios in Highlands North, Johannesburg.

These three shows are just the latest in a string of local productions that have had to stop filming due to the virus. Other productions that have had to stop filming include M-Net’s The River on 1Magic (DStv 103), Skeem Saam on SABC1, and Muvhango on SABC2.

SABC2’s Lithapo series also briefly shuttered production before resuming on Monday after a possible case turned out negative.

“It is with a heavy heart that we confirm that one of our colleagues has tested positive for Covid-19,” Danie Odendaal Productions told Channel24 on Thursday afternoon in response to a media enquiry.

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“For this reason and for the health and safety of everyone involved in the show, we have immediately halted production until further notice.”

In a statement to the media on Thursday confirmed the news saying: “We can confirm that positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded on two of its weekday soapies Rhythm City and Scandal! . Both sets of the local production premises have been shut down and undertaking the necessary testing for exposed cast and crew members.”

They added: “The sets have undergone deep cleaning to further minimize the risk of contamination, in accordance with Covid-19 protocols. Affected individuals are currently undergoing self-isolation until the end of the stipulated 14-day period.

All three shows will continue to air on the respective channels as episodes are filmed months in advance.


Author: News24 Entertainment