EZAKOMATSHELELA, an award -winning television production by Bulawayo artists, has suspended shooting for the second season after failing to fundraise as a result of measures put in place by the government to contain the deadly coronavirus.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently banned entertainment and recreational activities as part of measures to fight the spread of the killer disease; a move Ezakomatshelela organisers say has undermined efforts to raise funds for the second season of the award-winning production.
Show producer Thembelihle Moyo told the Daily News yesterday that they were no longer in a position to meet the June deadline since they have been forced to prematurely stop shooting.
“The coronavirus measures have dealt us a major blow because it is now difficult for us to do fundraising for both the rehearsals and shooting, considering that we do self-funding. It is a huge setback.
“We are stuck now; we are just confused as to what is going to happen. Our show was supposed to go on air by June and so far we have successfully shot only four episodes out of 13, which means we still have a lot of work ahead to meet the deadline,” Moyo said.
Ezakomatshelela is a situational drama which explores how keeping secrets can affect African families when those secrets come out. It also puts the spotlight on the role and impact of maids in families.
The first season of the exciting and popular situational drama, which was flighted on ZBC TV every Wednesday evening, earned it a couple of awards at the Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA) for outstanding television programme and best actor which was won by Calvin Madula.
The Ezakomatshelela cast includes talented local artists such as Sarah Mpofu, Sithandazile Dube and Mzoe 7 among others.
In a previous interview with this paper, Moyo promised a bigger and better second season.
“Ezakomatshelela is having a facelift starting from the storyline which will see the introduction of new characters which we hope viewers will fall in love with.
“We are also working on improving our locations. The one-house situational drama will now be having other locations where we will see different families living there,” Moyo said then.