Mzansi Soapies Adhere To South Africa's Lockdown Rules

They have stopped shooting, but will remain on-screen.

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:49 PM  | Cyril Ramaphosa 

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Cyril Ramaphosa had enforced a nationwide lockdown in order to help combat the coronavirus spread.

Whilst this 21-day lockdown that begun on March 26 will affect many industries, it is necessary to help keep the country safe. Many have applauded the president's efforts however have pin-pointed some industries that will be affected by this lockdown.

Mzansi's popular soapies have however decided to respect the law and in response to the coronavirus lockdown, they have stopped all shooting and will follow suit in staying at home.

Some SABC soapies have announced that they will be putting all shooting to a halt for the duration of the lockdown. These are SABC 2's Muvhango and SABC 1's Generations The Legacy and Skeem Saam.

Speaking on behalf of Muvhango, the senior creative director Ntabiseng Tau confirmed to Tshisalive saying that their temporary halt began on Tuesday. They will continue playing on screen because they believe that they have enough scenes. 

"We have shot a couple of scenes in the morning to kind of safeguard where we are as a production, in terms of deliverables and to have things that are on air. We closed yesterday so actors and the crew are not on call as they wrapped yesterday" Tau said.

Generation The Legacy spokesperson Nandipha Pantsi also said that they have enough material to show viewers, "We are taking the current crisis seriously and are doing everything in our power to mitigate against it. However, we do have enough material to air."

Skeem Saam issued out a statement which partly reads; "The safety and health of our crew and cast is the biggest priority. For our fans though, the entertainment and drama will continue as per usual, the signature Skeem Saam way so they need don’t worry about their daily dose."

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