In such critical times of businesses closing down, and almost everything being halted, the MultiChoice Group announced that even with the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts, it has set aside R80 million to ensure that current productions are able to pay full salaries of cast, crew, and creatives for the months of March and April.
Furthermore, the company committed to guaranteeing the incomes of freelancers in the SuperSport Productions, who are currently unable to work due to the suspension of sport and the national lockdown. This extends to guaranteeing the income of freelancers in the broadcast technology environment.
“Our main concern is to ensure as much as possible that we secure the incomes of creatives, cast and crew over this period. We want to ensure that they and their families are not negatively impacted as work has come to a standstill.” said MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela.
“The need to secure salaries of our creatives goes a long way in creating income stability for them and their families. We believe this to be critical for the industry and in our view simply the right thing to do.” said Multichoice.
In addition, the group said it will be launching an online learning portal that will support over 40 000 members of the industry to gain access to courses and online masterclasses, so they can continue to hone their craft whilst adhering to the public health measures of social distancing and isolation.