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As many TV shows such as SABC 1’s Skeem
Saam and SABC 2’s 7 De Laan resumed production on Monday, 4 May,
a lot of changes will be taking place on set such as kissing scenes as well
as the use of extras.
Speaking to DRUM, acting spokesperson of
the SABC, Mmoni Seapolelo said that these changes have occurred to suit the
regulations of level 4 of the lockdown.
“The SABC would like to confirm that based on the
President’s announcement to move to alert level four (4) of the lockdown from
01 May 2020, the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT)
and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), released clear sector
protocols, which productions associated with the SABC will adhere to. In this
regard, production houses will resume work based on a schedule drafted between
the corporation and the respective production house. At this stage the SABC is
not in a position to publicly divulge its production schedule,” she said.
And as far as intimate scenes such as kissing are
concerned, she said that production houses would have to adhere to social
“In relation to intimate scenes, the government’s
position on social distancing is clear and must continue to be adhered to.
Production houses wishing to shoot intimate scenes, will use creative ways to
do so. The SABC will continue to ensure full compliance with all regulations
set by the government during this period, as well as strictly prioritising
adherence to health and safety measures, for the benefit of our employees and
production houses alike,” she said.
“The scenes that are shot during this time are
carefully chosen - no scenes where the cast are required to hug, touch or be in
proximity that is too close with one another,” she told the publication.