Production of Skeem Saam halted following Covid-19 scare

Skeem Saam cast.
Skeem Saam cast.
SABC/ Skeem Saam
  • An unnamed member of Skeem Saam’s production team has come into contact with a family member who has tested positive for the virus.
  • Production has been halted and the rest of the cast and crew have been asked to self-quarantine.
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Popular SABC1 drama series Skeem Saam has had to cease filming after a crew member recently came into contact with a relative who tested positive for Covid-19.

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The soapie released a statement saying that for the health and safety of everyone involved with the show, they’ve paused shooting until further notice.

“The crew member and everyone that they have been in contact with have all been tested and are awaiting results,” the statement reads. “The rest of the cast and crew have been asked to urgently self-quarantine while necessary health procedures and testing are being arranged in accordance with government legislation. Whilst our doors stay closed, our studio and offices will be disinfected.”

This comes a week after 1Magic’s The River had to halt production after a colleague tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Skeem Saam recently recorded a viewership of more than 9 million for the first time since its inception in 2011. According to the latest data by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa, the show jumped from a viewership of 8,84 million the month before.

This makes it the second most-watched TV show in the country after Uzalo, also on SABC1. 

Read the full statement here: