he Queen’s Connie Ferguson has revealed that the popular Mzansi Magic telenovela only has enough episodes to carry the show through the first week of May!
According to reports, Connie Ferguson said that Ferguson Films will have to scramble hard to ensure that they catch-up on episodes as soon as South Africa has been cleared from the lockdown.
Since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown restrictions, the showbiz industry has been hit by a storm, including many South African major events that were called off or postponed.
It is also reported that the contracts of the telenovela actors and crew are due to expire at the end of May.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Connie Ferguson said that they will not be able to deliver that content (of The Queen) by the end of Many.
Due to the fact that actors work on various locations (against lockdown restrictions), it will be impossible for Ferguson Films to renew contracts in light of the uncertainty that the COVID-19 lockdown has brought.
It’s been impossible for Ferguson Films to renew them in light of the uncertainty that lockdown has brought
“We will not be able to deliver that content by the end of May. There’s so much going on behind the scenes. We are thinking about how we’re going to survive as a company, but not only that, we are thinking (about) how are we going to help our people.” said Connie Ferguson as quoted by the Sunday paper.
Many local artists/actors pleaded with Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa to come to their rescue. The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture has set aside a COVID-19 relief fund for arts practitioners in the industry.