- YoTV and four other SABC shows have halted production due to the Covid-19 pandemic
- With more and more cast and crew members testing positive for the virus, production houses have been forced to take precautionary measures to protect staff
- Mzansi celebs, including actors and musos, have also continued to use social media to confirm that they have contracted the coronavirus
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The Covid-19 pandemic has continued to have a negative impact on the South African television industry.
With more and more contracting the virus, many popular Mzansi shows have been forced to halt production due to fears of exposing crew and cast members to the coronavirus.
YoTV and four other SABC shows have been forced to pause shooting due to the virus infections among crew and cast members.
TimesLIVE reports that SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolo confirmed that daily shows, including Generations: The Legacy, Muvhango, Lithapo and 7de Laan have stopped production.
"The SABC can confirm that some of its programmes have halted production due to Covid-19 infections and possible cases in some instances."
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Mmoni said all productions affected are observing the department of health and the World Health Organisation protocols.
"These incidents have occurred on different days, as a result the productions will resume once the respective periods of isolation have been adhered to.
"The SABC takes the health of its employees and those working with it seriously and would like to wish all who have (been) affected speedy recovery."
Briefly.co.za had reported that popular SABC 1 soapie Skeem Saamand Generations: The Legacyhad also halted production due to the virus.
TimesLIVE reports that Skeem Saam spokesperson Sumaya Mogola confirmed to Sowetan that the show resumed production on Monday after completing its 17-day period of isolation since June 12.
e.TV soapies Scandal! and Rhythm City halted production due to Covid-19 cases on set.
Still on the Covid-19 news, 1Magic’s The River also had to shut down production as a result of members of the team testing positive for the disease.
In a statement, Tshedza Pictures’ Phathu Makwarela made the announcement, stating that they are following all government directives to ensure the safety of their crew.
"After we received the news of the colleague testing positive, we immediately asked the cast and crew that came in contact with the member to go into self isolation."
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