'HomeGround' on Mzansi Magic shuts down filming

Minnie Dlamini-Jones (PHOTO: Gallo/Getty)
Minnie Dlamini-Jones (PHOTO: Gallo/Getty)

SuperSport and M-Net have shut down production indefinitely on its local celebrity, and sports interview show HomeGround.

The show was screened on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), and its shut down is due to the rapid increase of the coronavirus in South Africa.

On Sunday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster and announced drastic measures to try and curb the spread of the virus in the country, including banning gatherings of more than 100 people.

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Monday night's episode of HomeGround with presenters Lungile Radu and Minnie Dlamini-Jones was the last for the time being. For those who haven't seen it, the show is a lifestyle sports magazine format that features celebrity guests as well as artists who perform. It is produced by SuperSport for Mzansi Magic.

"After the president's address we've taken the decision to be off-air for a few weeks until further notice," said Minnie Dlamini-Jones in Monday night's last episode for now.

"We will be back. Make sure that you self-quarantine and look after yourselves, and let's see if we can get that [Covid-19 infection rate] number down to zero so things can go back to normal as soon as possible because we can't wait to be back on your screen," she said as she demonstrated an elbow-bump with Lungile.

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kykNET told Channel24 on Wednesday that it won't be shutting down Tjoks & Tjops on its kykNET (DStv 144) channel, an Afrikaans sports lifestyle show that follows the same format. However, the channel did say that it is relooking the show's format and content and will comment about it soon.

The South African public broadcaster is postponing shows that would have filmed in April that makes use of an in-studio audience or performances with the SABC also trying to pre-record some live shows.

kykNET's second season of its talent search reality show Maak My Famous with Emo Adams - which uses an in-studio audience in Cape Town - decided to postpone filming to later in April.Since Sunday Mzansi Magic was asked several times which shows on its schedule has temporarily ended or been postponed because of growing coronavirus fears but didn't respond with a list.