The country's most watched TV show, Uzalo, faces a bleak future, allegedly due to the SABC's financial situation.
Sources at Stained Glass TV, producers of the soapie, said the situation was so bad that they were thinking of stopping production or letting go of some of the staff members.
A string of WhatsApp texts that Sowetan has seen shows that the staff were concerned about losing their jobs.
There is also a letter seen by Sowetan that was sent to different producers and service providers by group executive for television, Nomsa Philiso, discussing the financial woes at SABC.
It stated in part: "The SABC is under pressure in the short to medium term in respect of cash flow due to the current liquidity challenge experienced. To this extent, we are sorry to inform you that the SABC has had no alternative but to defer the payments which are due on the 13th of July 2018."
While the SABC guarantee application is on the table in parliament, the public broadcaster is struggling to pay some service providers.