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.
The 3 soapies are all filled at Sasani studios in Highlands North, Johannesburg.
Said eTV on the latest development
“e.tv can confirm that positive cases of Covid-19 have been recorded on two of its weekday soapies, “Rhythm City” and “Scandal!”.
In respecting the privacy of our talent’s medical and health matters, we will not be issuing the names of any individuals.
However, both sets of the local production premises have been shut down and are undertaking the necessary testing for exposed cast and crew members,”
They said the production sets have already been disinfected in line with the Covid-19 protocols and are now in self isolation until 14 days pass.
They said Quizzical Pictures and Ochre Media will continue to monitor the health of the affected employees.
They also said they will resume filming when it’s appropriate to do so.
Many shows have halted production following the Covid-19 outbreak with members of the cast and crew testing positive for the virus.
Muvhango recently halted production until further notice after an actor had direct contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
Hit soapie, The River was forced after one of its crew members tested positive for Covid-19..
However the shows had already produced enough episodes to last for a while.