Mzansi Magic and 1Magic viewers will be delighted to learn that their favorite telenovelas are back at work, producing new content for them after the natonwide lockdown was reduced to level four by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Popular shows likes Gomora and Isibaya had to be taken off air as they had run out of new episodes, while The River and The Queen are still on air.
“While the R80 million fund MultiChoice Group established has ensured that the cast and crew continued to receive their salaries throughout the start of the lockdown period in March and April, we are thrilled that they have been able to return to work this week,” M-Net CEO, Nkateko Mabaso, said in a statement.
“At this stage, the safety of crew and cast remains a priority and we are in constant communication with production houses, as per the government’s directive, to ensure that stringent health guidelines are in place and are being adhered to,” Mabaso added.
Gomora lead actor, Zolisa Xaluva, said going back to work is a privilege as some people are still forced to work from home.
“I feel extremely privileged to be working at a time when most people find themselves deeply despondent because they are still unable to. My heart goes out to every family that is struggling under the circumstances. I look forward to going back to work to help provide entertainment that will hopefully help raise the spirits of those who are at home, and hopefully heighten their consciousness. I feel like we are capably led and appreciated. We didn’t work in April but received our remuneration as per our contractual agreement,” Xaluva was quoted as saying in a statement.
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