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 (e.tv), and Scandal! (e.tv) 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.
“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 e.tv 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