- If lockdown continues, we might not have much local content to entertain us in the evenings
- Uzalo, Isibaya and The River have revealed that they are running low on new episodes
- Connie Ferguson revealed, earlier this week, that The Queen only had enough episodes to last until the first week of May
Things are looking very bad for a few of our favourite soapies as a result of the current lockdown.
Uzalo, Isibaya and The River have confirmed that they are running out of episodes to air.
Uzalo and Isibaya are the first daily dramas to run out of episodes due to the national lockdown.
SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo told TimesLIVE, "The SABC can confirm that, due to the production of SABC 1's popular series Uzalo being halted as a result of the lockdown, unfortunately there is limited stock for this particular programme."
"However, the SABC has put measures in place, including crucial engagements with relevant stakeholders concerning the organisation's delivery on the set local content quotas as well as possible essential service permission for certain productions.
Mmoni continued, "It must also be noted that all our productions remain closed until a collective decision regarding production houses resuming work is made. Such a resolution has not been taken, however, when decided, it will be a decision based on not one, but all production houses.
"It is worth noting that the SABC is operating to ensure full compliance with the lockdown regulations. The health and safety of our employees and production houses remains a priority."
DStv's Isibaya, which airs at 8:30pm and is a direct competitor to Uzalo, is also running out of episodes to air for the rest of the month.
The River confirmed that it only had enough episodes to last until 8 May.
Earlier this week, Briefly.co.za reported that DStv's number one soapie, The Queen, only had enough episodes to last the first week of May.
The soapie's producers have revealed that the show will not go on if lockdown is extended.
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