- The South African Film and Television Awards were supposed to take place on 27 and 28 March at the Sandton Convention Centre
- However, the prestigious event has been cancelled
- This comes as President Ramaphosa has prohibited the gathering of large crowds
The time for the 14th annual South African Film and Television Awards was almost here, but now it won't be taking place.
Taking to social media, the organisers of the SAFTAs have announced that they will be adhering to the rules made official by President Ramaphosa.
In a bid to try and keep the spread of the coronavirus to a minimum, the president has prohibited the gathering of 100 or more people in one place.
As a result, the SAFTAs will no longer be taking place on 27 and 28 March.
The statement of the announcement read as follows:
"In light of the announcement made by President Ramaphosa and the Government’s strict actions in response to the COVID19 (“Coronavirus”) outbreak, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) would like to inform you that the 14th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs14) will no longer take place at the Sandton Convention Centre on 27 - 28 March 2020."
It is not clear yet when the award ceremony will take place, but that announcement will be made soon.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that despite this ban on large gatherings, the Zion Christian Church has called a meeting with both members and health professionals to discuss the annual Easter Pilgrimage.
The coronavirus pandemic has called the yearly gathering that attracts over a million people from across the continent into question.
SowetanLIVE reports that this announcement was contained in a memo sent out to ministers and branches ahead of the meeting:
“We notify you that you are being asked at Moria on the date above [21 March], we ask that you bring your children who work in the health sector as doctors, professional nurses and emergency medical services to form part of the District Property Task Team."
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