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Heartbreak looms For South African Soapie Lovers, Here’s Why

Heartbreak looms For South African Soapie Lovers, Here’s Why

South African soapies run out of episodes as a result of the national lockdown

In a bout of bad news for South African soapie lovers, reports have emerged that most of the country’s favourite daily drama series are running out of new content as productions have come to a halt as a result of the national lockdown. This news follows shortly after South African telenovela, The Queen, revealed that it will soon to run out of episodes because they have stopped production due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

South African soapies run out of episodes
South African soapies run out of episodes as a result of the national lockdown

In a recent interview with Sowetanlive, SABC acting spokesperson Mmoni Seapolelo confirmed the development and said that its most-watched drama series, Uzalo, has been hard-hit by the lockdown and is now running out of episodes.

‘The SABC can confirm that due to the production of SABC1’s popular series Uzalo being halted as a result of the lockdown, unfortunately, there is limited stock for this particular programme,’ said Mmoni Seapolelo.

‘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. 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.’

South African soapies run out of episodes
South African soapies run out of episodes as a result of the national lockdown

Another show which faces an uncertain future is Mzansi Magic daily drama Isibaya that airs at the same time slot as Uzalo.  According to a close source at the studios, Isibaya, just like other shows on pay-TV, is fast running out of new material.

Safta-winning telenovela The River which airs on 1Magic is also facing similar challenges. Speaking to the publication, MultiChoice Group CEO for general entertainment, Yolisa Phahle, said:

‘Video entertainment production in South Africa has been halted for nearly a month, as the industry adheres to the national lockdown needed to reduce the spread of Covid-19.’

‘The current lockdown is in place until May 1 and at this time we’re confident that we will be able to offer our viewers fresh episodes of must see TV. Any scheduling changes will be announced in due course, as well as being published on dstv.com.’


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