e.tv has confirmed that their KZN soap, “Imbewu: The Seed” had to shut its doors due to a positive case of coronavirus.
In a statement released by the channel they said that the necessary testing for exposed cast and crew members is underway.
“e.tv can confirm that a positive case of Covid-19 has been recorded on the late prime weekday show Imbewu. The KZN local production premises have shut down and the necessary testing for exposed cast and crew members is underway.
“The set will undergo deep cleaning to further minimize the risk of contamination, as per Covid-19 protocols. In respecting the privacy of our talent, cast and crew’s medical and health matters, we will not be issuing the names of any affected individuals,” read the statement.
It went on to say that the health of affected employees will be monitored over time, and filming will resume when it is safe to do so as set out by health authorities.
“All Covid-19, Level 3 protocols and guidelines will once again be adhered to with stringent controls once the required cast and crew are back on set. “Imbewu” fans can continue watching the show every weekday night at 9.30pm”, it read.
“Rhythm City” and “Scandal!”, also produced for e.tv, had to bring production to a halt for the same reason.
This brings the total number of local productions to shut down to eight since the level 3 lockdown restrictions were eased and productions could start again.
SABC1’s “Skeem Saam” recently started production again.
Other shows that were affected is M-Net’s “The River”, SABC2’s “Muvhango”, “7de Laan” and Sesotho telenovela “Lithapo”, e.tv’s “Rhythm City” and “Scandal”, SABC1’s “Generations: The Legacy”.