Cameras roll on South African soapies in Level 4

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 30 Apr 2020
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TVSA can confirm that South African soapies are emerging from the dungeon of Level 5 in a return to "Lights, Camera, (Limited) Action!"

The first three soapies to confirm it's "Yay for May!" are 7de Laan, Skeem Saam and Binnelanders who fire up their productions on Friday (1 May) when Level 4 begins.

Binnelanders star Ramey Short is on his way to the studios in Joziburg as we speak:

And 7de Laan will now be able to continue running new episodes without repeats as they scrape in on tight deadlines.

As we've mentioned, they have new episodes up until 25 May so they'll be using planned production breaks, the public holiday and all available time between now and then to catch-up to keep new episodes on air.

Workers will be working on Workers' Day.

So what's it going to be like for a soapie emerging from the darkness?

This is how 7de Laan are going to do it:

We will resume filming tomorrow 1 May 2020 within the rules of level 4 requirements

Only critical staff are on set and site, scripts have been rewritten to comply with social distancing including eliminating intimacy. 

The studio facilities, filming equipment and catering have been aligned to the safety and sanitation requirements as per the directive of the National Government. 

Skeem Saam also returns within the Level 4 rules and tells us that those who are able to work from home will do so.

They start finalising and planning tomorrow and shooting resumes on Monday (4th).

If these three shows are returning, we have no doubt that others will return too.

Keep a lookout on actors' profiles to see if they give anything away and we'll keep you updated here as we receive news about others. 

In the meantime, what measures do you think the soapies should take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on set? Sound off below!


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Actors in this post: Ramey Short

Shows in this post: 7de Laan, Binnelanders, Skeem Saam

Channels in this post: SABC2, kykNET, SABC1


30 Apr 2020 16:35

Tvsa i asked 2yearz ago that why the likes of moopi mothibeli etc don't have tvsa profile/wipedia

Shows Editor
30 Apr 2020 17:28

Sorry qavile - we must have missed that question two years ago.

We try to add as many new actors as we can, but there are a great many of them and we simply don't have the resources to create profiles for all of them.

However, we keep credits for every single scripted show in our files, so that when resources are freed upto allow us to add someone, we have all the info already.

We try to add profiles for all starring cast. We define "starring" as an actor credited in the opening titles of a show, or listed as starring in the end credits. Show hosts/presenters as well.

We simply can't add them all, however. We prioritise based on a number of other factors as well.

Rest assured that we will always be trying to add new actors.

05 May 2020 10:19

TVSA Team edited on
5/5/2020 10:20 AM

Just in... has confirmed that Imbewu, Scandal! and Rhythm City return to film across this week - between 4 and 11 May.

And all kissing scenes are gone. 

This from's Managing Director Marlon Davids:

All the necessary COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are being implemented to ensure a safe working environment for crews.

Intimate or kissing scenes will be removed from scripts, and the scripts will be adjusted accordingly without compromising any storylines.
All the additional hygiene guidelines are being implemented in the various production departments in adherence to COVID-19 regulations.

05 May 2020 15:14

Next up: Uzalo.

Production tells us that they're busy preparing the set and testing their COVID-10 production protocols. 

They start filming on Wednesday (6 May).

06 May 2020 18:40

Generations too - they also returned to set today (6 May).

08 May 2020 10:35

Confirmed: Suidooster, Getroud met Rugby, Gomora, Arendsvlei, The Queen, The River and Isibaya all returned to film this week.

Some pics...

The studios in Cape Town where Arendsvlei and Suidooster are filmed.

Getroud met Rugby's Adrian Steyn gets his tempertaure checked in Joziburg - looks like he's being held up!

Binnelanders' actors Cindy Swanepoel and Zak Hendrikz rehearsing lines. Zak is back in the new season that starts on 8 June as Eben Nel. 

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