SABC fire: 'We don't know how to handle it'

2012-06-14 08:46
Cape Town - SABC Acting Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng has expressed shock over the fire which ripped through its studios in Auckland Park on Wednesday night, destroying the set of popular SABC3 soap Isidingo.

Speaking to SABC2's Morning Live, Motsoeneng said that the SABC were not financially prepared for the the setback.

"As SABC we are very shock[ed]. As you know, I mean, we financially, we are not sound, this is something we don't know how to handle - but I'm sure we will get there."

'No need for panic'

The fire, which broke out at the SABC's Henley Studios at around 20:00 on Wednesday night, ripped through the set of SABC3 soap opera Isidingo, causing tens of millions of rands worth of damage.

"Really it is a lot of money close to R100m," said Motsoeneng. "There's been some disruption but we moving quick. I hope it will not affect SABC1 and 2, we are shocked," he added.

Tseliso Ralitabo, the Acting General Manager of Henley Studios said that Studio 6 has burnt down with full sets that were parked into the studio space.

"It'll be a question of rebuilding sets quicker," he told SABC News.

He also said he was hopeful that production would continue on partial sets that were left untouched by the fire.

Firefighters battled through the night to control the flames.

SABC3 went dead for a few minutes on Wednesday as the fire broke out, but normal transmission has since resumed.

Thorough investigation

"There is no need for panic," SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago told Channel24 just before midnight on Wednesday. He confirmed that the Isidingo set has been completely destroyed.

"Nobody has been injured. The loss of sets and equipment will total millions, but there is no need for panic. The SABC is operational, SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 are all broadcasting; there has been no break in transmission. And everything was insured. In the morning we will go and have a look and be able to check and see after the fire is out, what the true extent of the damage is.

"A thorough investigation will start in the morning as to the cause of the fire and the damage to the SABC, the studio and Isidingo," said Kganyago.

Related sets and therefore other SABC productions and TV shows on SABC1 and SABC 2 could also be affected depending on the damage to the studio complex which will run into tens of millions of rands.

Isidingo airs on SABC3 on weekdays at 19:30.

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Comments

  • robbie.crouch - 2012-06-14 09:08

    So... no insurance... damn good business practice. Probably going to ask for a hike in licence fees next!

      faerrab - 2012-06-14 09:13

      Don't be daft

      kim.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-14 09:13

      read properly moron - they do have insurance

      faerrab - 2012-06-14 09:15

      there is insurance - Mr. Miserable

      gregory.wellsclifton - 2012-06-14 09:33

      I think his point is based on the idiotic comment from the moron CEO who said they are not financially sound and thus didn't know how to handle it. Later it states they are insured. Yep, read properly first, but this CEO is also a dumbo. Viva Outsurance - get your cheque book ready for a huge and probably 10 times inflated claim.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-14 09:40

      What makes this guy think we would panic? Does he expect people in villages across SA to run down the street screaming: "Panic now"! the SABC is burning, All is lost, Isidingo is dead. Stop me before I slit my wrist". I know some people are addicted to soaps but panic? Party, more likely.

      stewart.laidlaw.12 - 2012-06-14 10:06

      Outsurance. Where you get nothing out!

      adrian.snyman.16 - 2012-06-14 10:33

      "Nobody has been injured. The loss of sets and equipment will total millions, but there is no need for panic. The SABC is operational, SABC1, SABC2 and SABC3 are all broadcasting; there has been no break in transmission. And everything was insured. In the morning we will go and have a look and be able to check and see after the fire is out, what the true extent of the damage is." ... They were insured :)

      festivalj - 2012-06-14 10:53

      yes thats their plan you see because they show us crap and ....rubbish old movies like we don't know

      ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-06-14 11:12

      " As SABC we very shock, I mean we are not expecting this, as you know, I mean financialy we are not sound , We dont know how to handle it, but I think we'll get there " Now this is his report on the video clip, and he is NOT the CEO , he is the COO, Acting Chief Operating Officer. Please read the article properly before making a comment !!!

      Preshen - 2012-06-14 12:29

      100 million and they did not have a smoke alarm

  • Zukisa - 2012-06-14 09:11

    As SABC we are very shock" HUH??

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-14 10:04

      Poor "ed" lost out :-)

      Hebe - 2012-06-14 10:37

      Makes you think doesn't it - right after they announced that the Rugby wont be shown on TV on Saturday. All those young transformers and the general population who don't have DSTV will have to listen on radio. What a joke - this is our national team , we pay a fortune in taxes , lotto and numerous other ways but we can not see them play ( not even delayed ). May RARU and DSTV ROT.

      Peter - 2012-06-14 10:38

      He did not make it to STD 10, but raking in more than R1m p/a. Whoever said education does pay forgot to make exceptions.

  • vicker.man.5 - 2012-06-14 09:12

    1.) Pathetic response from a CEO - if he cant handle this he should not be in the position. 2.) For this sort of thing a very clever management tool was developed a while ago - it is called insurance - hopefully the SABC has heard of it? 3.) Maybe this is just what we all needed - the final nail in the SABC's coffin??? We can all be hopeful...

      faerrab - 2012-06-14 09:24

      Hlaudi Motsoeneng COO does not have a matric !!!!!

  • abee.ryan - 2012-06-14 09:13

    The whole building shouldve burnt down, imcompetent fools. That just broadcast crap

  • Dennis - 2012-06-14 09:18

    I would have thought there would be a sprinkler system as per Fire Dept. rules but ........... ???

      elizabeth.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-06-14 09:49

      What, you must be joking no money for upkeep/maintenance of sprinkler system, think of the profit share, etc. they need to fill their pockets/bellies with...

  • Rachael - 2012-06-14 09:24

    Arson ! ?

      Tommy - 2012-06-14 09:36

      Rugby supporter?????

      Glyn - 2012-06-14 09:40

      Was it the electric light? Was it candle light? Was it an Israelite? No! It was anc Superlite!!

      stewart.laidlaw.12 - 2012-06-14 10:01

      No arses on set.

  • mahomed.mather - 2012-06-14 09:36

    The other day, some guy at the sabc said they were financially stable, now they say there are not. Mixed signals!

  • Glyn - 2012-06-14 09:41

    Was it the electric light? Was it candle light? Was it an Israelite? No! It was anc Superlite!!

  • elizabeth.jansenvanvuuren - 2012-06-14 09:48

    How about making do without profit share, retention bonuses, etc. and making do with straight monthly salary and maybe 13th cheque, maybe then there will be enough money for SABC NOT to be so cash strapped.....

  • fred.vandermerwe - 2012-06-14 09:56

    What do people and companys do to get extra cash... Insurance scam!

  • fred.vandermerwe - 2012-06-14 09:56

    What do people and companys do to get extra cash... Insurance scam!

  • philschalkwyk - 2012-06-14 10:03

    The entire SABC should have burnt down. Thats their worth!

      rose.mcmillan - 2012-06-14 13:46

      I fully agree, we pay TV licence and have to watch a load of crap, not everyone can afford DSTV so we are stuck with SABC, burn to the ground next time,

  • Deon - 2012-06-14 10:05

    Hey, at least the guy is honest enough to admit that they don't have a clue!

  • celia.coates - 2012-06-14 10:09

    Motsoeneng: "As you know, I mean, we financially, we are not sound, this is something we don't know how to handle". Ok, so now we have the actual reason why it was anounced last night that you will not broadcast any rugby test matches - not live or delayed.

  • Steve - 2012-06-14 10:18

    another fire for zuma to put out

  • Rob - 2012-06-14 10:23

    Breaking News!! That isn't the only thing they don't know how to handle. Try mentioning the SABC itself!

  • desree.booysen - 2012-06-14 10:24

    Da question on every south africans lips is da SABC broke? Since well they dnt no how 2 handle da situation

  • Megan Andrews - 2012-06-14 10:33

    A tragedy indeed, thank goodness for DSTV. And the choices it allows me.

  • laetitia.clark - 2012-06-14 10:40

    "Really it is a lot of money close to R100m," said Motsoeneng You could build a friggin country with that !!!!!

  • ankoloti - 2012-06-14 10:58

    Its sabotage some people are just jealous that Isidingo is so popular, its not Isidingo's fault that your story lines are crap get over yourselves!!

  • festivalj - 2012-06-14 10:59

    no i insurance my foot because it runs buy political person who was elected by ANC they trying to find a way of telling people that you must for watching crap the e-toll is finding the way to us lets be careful from the money collectors monsters they think we are stupid.

      yonela.simanga.9 - 2012-06-14 12:25

      what u r sayin, does it have to do with anythn.... i mean u way out of line u sound like a scrachin CD

  • lynnefnel - 2012-06-14 11:07

    Ever heard of a DRP (disaster recovery plan)? Surely they have one?

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-06-14 11:08

    Surely the place is equipped with fire fighting measures, smoke alarms, whatever. Is there no disaster management control? Not financially prepared?? What next??? Total ineptitude and lack of plain old common sense.

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