Media giants MultiChoice has decided to release a total of 80 million Rands for its on-going productions to pay the salaries of ‘Cast, Crew and Creatives’ amidst the Corona Virus shut down world over. This it announced on the 25th of March, 2020.
Multichoice uses this to cushion the challenges birthed by the Covid-19 pandemic in interest countries like South Africa and other parts of the world.
Related: Coronavirus in Nigeria: More Productions, Premiers on Hold as Confirmed cases rise. In South Africa, the Group’s leading Headquarters, cases of the Coronavirus have passed the 1000 mark and has marked its first death. Productions have come to a complete halt as a result of the national lock down.
MultiChoice therefore decided to set aside the R80 Million to ensure that their current ongoing productions will pay the full salary of cast a, crew and creatives for the month of March and April ‘…by then, hopefully, we will have the worst disruptions behind us’ (CEO: Calvo Mawela)
‘The need to secure salaries of our creatives goes a long way in creating income stability for them and their families’ They went further to say.
While businesses world over are cutting employees by the hundreds (Bloomberg.org) due to the slowdowns from the impact of the Coronavirus. Akin Alabi’s betting company Nairabet has also laid off some of its workers as it says ‘No Football, No betting’. MultiChoice is ‘committed to guarantee the incomes of freelancers in out SuperSport productions who are unable to work due to sports shut down.
The current productions include Nigerian’s Africa Magic Favorite, Unbroken.
The Multichoice group owns DSTv and GoTv