‘Isidingo’: whodunnit, ask the fans after soapie set damaged in fire

2012-06-15 00:00

PRODUCTION of the popular SABC 3 soapie Isidingo will continue despite the damage caused by a fire on the set on Wednesday evening, says SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, but investigations are under way.

Kganyago told The Witness yesterday: “We only know that a fire started after 8pm in one of the Isidingo studios and destroyed it. There was no one there at the time.”

He said this would not affect the production of the award-winning daily serial about the residents of the Horizon Deep mining village, as the episodes were recorded three months in advance. Interim measures had been put in place to ensure recording continued.

SABC’s Morning Live estimated the damage to the set at R40 million, but Kganyago said it was too early to estimate the damage.

“Our investigating team will be able to determine the exact value once they finalise their investigations. Only then will we be able to offer more details around the recovery period.”

Kganyago said the SABC was confident that it had the capacity and capabilities of continuing full production despite the fire damage.

In a statement released by the SABC yesterday, SABC’s acting chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, said production would go on.

“We have five studios that are used to produce drama and only one of them has burned down.

“We are doing our utmost as management to ensure that things return to normal and the recording sets are rebuilt speedily.”

On radio discussions yesterday callers avidly speculated — some of them quite seriously — as to which of the Isidingo characters could have started the fire.

Latoya Mangezi, who plays Andile Diale on Isidingo, reassured her fans on twitter that the fire was a “minor incident” and “like the

phoenix, we shall rise from the ashes”.

Several text messages to Radio 702 stated that “the wrong soapie burnt”, adding “it should have been Sewende Laan!”.

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