By Tilo ngwana Rashaka
Tongues have been wagging that some high ranking actors and actresses of the SABC 1 popular soapie, Generations, have refused to sign their new contracts.
Actors that are up in arms include Generations’ stalwarts and selling faces, Sophie Ndaba who’s been with the soapie since it’s inception about 20 years ago, Menzi Ngubane, Katlego Danke, Xolisa Xaluva, Anga Makubalo, Thami Mngqolo and Winnie Modise, inter alia.
It is believed that actors demand a reasonable increase to their salary and also charge that they too sign a two to three year contracts.
Last year at the Generations’ 20th anniversary, it was announced that SABC has signed a three year contract with Mfundi Vundla’s company, Morula Pictures, the production company that produces Generations.
But Vundla remains unfazed. He argues that if he lets actors sign three year contracts, that would hinder him to react with quickness to under performing actors.
In fact, he told that he has enough episodes to roll the cameras without the actors that demand changes to their contracts and would resort to writing them off the Generations’ story lines if the dispute prolongs.
Tilo ngwana Rashaka asks:
Suppose the dispute drags on for too long and eventually reaches a point whereby it starts compromising the Generations’ production, would it still be beneficial for Mfundi to write off the popular faces of the soapie?
If he does, wouldn’t that contribute to the demise of the soapie? Seasoned actors like Soaphie Ndaba, Menzi Ngubane, Katlego Danke and Winnie Modise in particular, are the reason millions of fans tune into SABC 1 at 20:00 every weekdays.
Over the years, actors like Sello Maake ka Ncube, Rapulana Seiphemo, Connie Ferguson, Seputla Sebogodi and Nambitha Mpulwana have all left the soapie and some people argued that would be the end of Generations but still the programme continued clinching on its number one status.
But this is a very difficult and different case, you’ll have popular actors all leaving Generations at the same time. That may not sit well with the viewers of the soap opera.
Let’s hope it doesn’t reach that point and that the concerned parties reach a consensus under a humble atmosphere.