Uzalo will not die

Uzalo will not die


Johannesburg - Two sources working on Uzalo have confirmed that the cast and crew of the SABC1 soapie will report back to work next week, after the public broadcaster made a significant payment it owes to its most popular production.

Sources in the broadcaster’s financial division say that while the month-end has brought another R100 million or so to the producers’ account, the plan is to first pay the big productions that earn the most advertising revenue while ensuring that the smaller companies are also paid.

The latter face the biggest risk of having to close because of the SABC’s unpaid debt to its creditors which totals R694 million.

After the Uzalo crew did not receive their salaries on 25 August, they downed tools and the Stained Glass Pictures shoot came to a standstill. (Read more here)

But on Saturday, SABC insiders said Uzalo had received money. Uzalo’s producers, Gugulethu Zuma-Ncube and Pepsi Pokane, did not respond to questions from City Press.

It is still not clear which other production companies received money in the SABC’s now weekly payback plan, but sources in the finance division said another huge lump sum would be released on Friday.

SABC spokesperson Neo Momodu said contracts and negotiations with producers were confidential.

“The SABC has reported on numerous platforms that it is experiencing dire financial difficulties,” he added.

“Payment arrangements are being made with suppliers, service providers and creditors. We are proactively engaging with these stakeholders.”

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