South Africa has been on lockdown for more than a month as the country has been enforcing stay-at-home and social distancing measures across different sectors.
After observing for the last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced he would be slowly be re-opening the economy, and a number of industries were allowed to re-open in what is known as level four of the lockdown. Those industries are still required to adhere to strict lockdown rules. This allowed for a few essential services and non-essential like the Film and TV industry to resume operations.
According to OkayAfrica, SA’s film and TV industry was last week given the go-ahead by the government to resume production following a month-long suspension. The industry had been forced to go on a hiatus just like most “non-essential” sectors in the country to slow down the spread of the coronavirus which causes Covid-19.
As part of the country’s new rules, Film and Tv crews will be subject to strict on-set protocols: no kissing or facial intimacy in any performance, a maximum of 50 people on set inclusive of cast members, the use of masks on set and adherence to social distancing rules.
It is a blessing, but it feels weird driving to and from work without experiencing the normal Joburg traffic. I must say, it affects my natural rhythm – there is something about the buzz you feel in the streets that inspires you to go get your dream, and it gives you the feeling that it is valid and indeed conceivable. I feel short-changed.Actors like Zolisa Xaluva, who plays Melusi in Mzansi Magic’s telenovela Gomora, was happy to get back to work, privileged to be working at a time when most people found themselves in limbo and facing financial strain.