The long standing SABC2 soapie 7de Laan has also joined the exodus of television productions such as Muvhango and Skeem Saam to have their production halted due to COVID-19.
According to the Head of PR: TV Channels at SABC, Zandie Nkonyeni, the show has recorded one case of COVID-19 reported on 23 June 2020.
For the next two weeks cast and crew members will be in self-isolation.
“The infected individual has been working from home and only came to the office for three days last week. With the recent health and safety regulations in place, she had gotten in touch with cast and crew members when she reported for duty.”
“Management thereafter made a decision to pause production with immediate effect and has been testing every cast and crew member that was onsite in the last week as a precautionary measure with effect from 23 June – 25 June 2020.
“The situation is being monitored closely and the production house will keep us posted on any related developments,” said Nkonyeni.
Meanwhile – e.tv’s weekday soapies, Rhythm City and Scandal, have also paused filming because of the global pandemic.
Two different cases have been reported and the cast and crew are being screened as a precautionary measure.
e.tv management in a statement confirmed the positive cases of Covid-19.
“Both sets of the local production premises have been closed down and conducting the necessary testing for exposed cast and crew members,” said public relations officer Lerato Maboi in the statement.
“The sets have gone through deep cleaning to further reduce the risk of contamination, in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. Affected individuals are currently undergoing self-isolation until the end of the stated two weeks period.
“In respecting the privacy of our talent’s medical and health matters, we will not be giving out the names of any individuals.
“e.tv, Quizzical Pictures and Ochre Media will continue to monitor the health of affected employees. Filming will start again when it is appropriate to do so,” reads the statement