Coronavirus is not taken it easy on the lives of South African as two favourites TV show wind down as a result of extended national lockdown by the National Coronavirus command council (NCCC). Uzalo and Isibaya are the first daily drama to close its shop as the exciting TV show run out of episodes due to Covid 19 pandemic.
SABC has confirmed that the number one TV show with an average viewership of 10 million is running out of episodes for the rest of the month. It is very unfortunate that in this most difficult and challenging time for millions of South African, who were forced to sit and watch their TV due to lockdown will continue to do so without their favorite daily tv drama. Uzalo with exciting character has been halted. It is very disappointing that there is limited stock of episodes to roll out for its viewers. The management of SABC announced that all the productions of the episodes is suspended for all members to adhere to lockdown regulations in order to flatten the curve of Covid 19.
However, the SABC has put measures in place including special engagement with relevant stakeholders addressing the organization’s delivery on the set local contents quotas as well as possible essential service permission for specific production.
The same fate fall on one of the oldest Sowetan drama on pay TV on mzansi magic “Isibaya” with millions of viewers across the country. The drama will be highly missed during this extended national lockdown. It is noted that production remain closed until a collective decisions regarding production houses resume work. An insider at Dstv revealed that sowetan Isibaya is not the only show on pay TV that is running out of episodes since the extension of national lockdown by President Cyril Ramaphosa, others like the queen, the river, gomora may suffer the same fate if this lockdown persist or if lockdown regulations is reverse back to level 5.
According to Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice group CEO said, video entertainment production in South Africa has been halted for nearly a month as the industry adheres to the national lockdown needed to flatten the curve of Covid 19. Therefore it is very important to note that SABC and MultiChoice is operating to ensure full compliance with the national lockdown regulations. The health and safety of our employees and production houses remain a priority.