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Coronavirus Won’t Stop South Africa’s TV Shows - SABC

Many international TV series including Wendy Williams and Trevor Noah’s shows have suspended productions because of Covid-19.

But South Africa’s TV shows are yet to halt production despite the strict precautionary measures that have been instituted in response to the coronavirus pandemic that include social distancing. The SABC told Sowetan last week that none of its TV productions have stopped filming.

However, the national broadcaster said that several upcoming shows that are still in pre-production would be delayed.

SABC’s acting Spokesperson, Mmoni Seapolelo said that currently, no active productions had experienced COVID-19 cases; thus, there is no shutdown of active productions.

The SABC, however, did confirm that it had cancelled its SABC Education outreach activities, which were scheduled to take place in the next five weeks.

ViacomCBS Networks Africa also announced that all its local TV productions such as MTV Base, Comedy Central and BET Africa would continue to film.

Monde Twala, Viacom’s SVP for Editorial and Co-General Manager - Africa, said that they were monitoring the pandemic and would adjust if necessary.

MultiChoice confirmed that all its local Mzansi Magic telenovelas would continue filming.


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