The River Cast Member Tested Positive For Covid-19
Mzansi Magic’s popular telenovela The River has stopped shooting to allow the set to be hygienic after one of its cast and crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The cast and crew on Tuesday came together to offer sympathy and support to a colleague who tested positive for the new virus which has already claimed more than 700 lives in South Africa.
In a statement released by Tshedza, show producer, the company said it has since stopped shooting and all cast and crew members have been asked to self-isolate while the necessary health protocols are being implemented. The show’s co-producer Phathu Makwarela said ever since they resumed with production on 1 May 2020, all the necessary lockdown health guidelines were applied on set.
“After I received the news of the colleague testing positive, we immediately asked the cast and crew that came into contact with the member to go into self-isolation. They will soon avail themselves to health authorities for testing in line with government directives”, he said.
Nomusa Philiso, Channel director for local entertainment Channels at M-Net states: “We have contacted the production team in order to assure them of our support. Our understanding is that ever since they resumed production, the production team implemented all the necessary health precautions to ensure the safety of cast and crew. Now more than ever we need to show compassion to our fellow brothers and sisters and we would like to wish the affected member of the production team a speedy recovery,”.