SABC Studio 6 in Auckland Park, the home of popular soap opera Isidingo has been razed in a fire. Equipment to the value of around R100 million has been destroyed.
The cause of the blaze, which broke out at about 8pm on Wednesday 13 June 2012, is still unknown but there are investigators on the scene.
Among the destroyed equipment was a sound control room, vision control booth, vision mixing bed and video wall and a recording light control desk. The destroyed sets will have to be rebuilt, however studio 7 remains intact and the show will not be affected as episodes are shot many months in advance.
Acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said: “We still don’t know the cause of the fire. We will only know once an investigation is complete.”
Show creator Gray Hofmeyer told Eyewitness news: "It's a massive, massive shock. I got a call in the middle of the night and was told that the production is burning. It has huge implications."
According to the SABC, fire fighters remained on the scene the following morning although the blaze took only three hours to extinguish.
Henley Studios manager Tseliso Ralitabo said: "It will be a question of re-building sets quicker. He adds that there are still some sets in studio seven and other sets that were not in the building."