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Isidingo stars react to SABC fire

2012-06-14 13:38
 
Isidingo
Cape Town - Celebrities and actors of Isidingo have taken to social networking site Twitter to air their views about the burning down of the SABC studio in which the soapie is shot.

5FM DJ Gareth Cliff tweeted a photo, supposedly of the Isidingo staff hanging out at the SABC building's food court, with the caption, "Isidingo cast and crew loitering at the SABC."

Morning Live presenter Leanne Manas used Twitter to allay fears that Isidingo fans might have to do without their favourite show.

"On air screenings of Isidingo won't be affected due to the fire - series filmed 3 months ahead. R40m damage," she tweeted.

Isidingo actor Ashish Gangapersad, who plays Prada in Isidingo supported Manas' view, tweeting: "Things could have been a lot worse. We shall not let this affect the show though...That as they say, must go on (sic)."

'Actors are not hurt'

Latoya Mangezi, who plays Andile Diale on Isidingo, was upbeat about the incident, which she referred to as a "minor incident".

"Like the Phoenix, we shall rise from the ashes," she told her Twitter followers.

The Lab actor Fana Mokoena showed his support to the show too.

"Isidingo is not going anywhere. Actors are not hurt. Endemol has cash. They'll rebuild. I just hope actors pay is not affected. That's all," he wrote on Twitter.

Sipho Tshapu and Kgomotso Christopher, who play members of the show's affluent Sibeko family, were both optimistic about how things will turn out for the soapie.

"We're all stunned bt we'l kp +ve. Thnx (sic)," Kgomotso tweeted.

Sipho added that they were not the only soapie affected. "All 3 soaps (Isidingo, Generations & Muvhango) have been affected. But only Isidingo studio burnt."

'Could finally be persuaded to direct television'

Skoonheid director Oliver Hermanus used the opportunity to let his ambitions be known.

"I could finally be persuaded to direct television if they let the Isidingo set simmer and we shift the story to a Twin Peaks 1st season," he said.

James Alexander, who stars on M-Net soapie The Wild, had a sense of humour about the situation, tweeting: "First it was just members of the SABC board, but now even the #Isidingo sets are being fired."

Political columnist Ranjeni Munusamy fuelled the arson attack rumours: "SABC arsonist must be confused. Probably told burn down management building where there's running soap opera & he set alight Isidingo studio."

Actress and former YOTV presenter Lara Adine Lipschitz tweeted her support to the Isidingo crew: "Sending love to the cast and crew of @IsidingoSABC3. This too shall pass," she said.

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