Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
Generations’ boss Mfundi Vundla and the show’s producer, Friedrich Stark told the media on Friday that Generations actors are among the best paid actors in the industry with some of the cast members earning an average of R55 000 per month.
The MMSV productions, the company that produces Generations and the SABC have since lambasted the actors’ demands, saying what they are asking for is nonsensical and to some certain extend impossible in the context of South African economic climate.
But the actors of the most watched show in the country have retaliated, arguing that the public have been misled. In an attempt to get the public’s sympathy, the actors have leaked a document stipulating their demands and how much they are currently earning, the Sunday World reported.
The lowest paid actors on Generations’ set are: Zenande Mfenyane (Noluntu Memela), Anga Makubalo (MJ) and Mandla Gaduka (Choppa) who earn an average of between R5 500 and R8 000 a week. In calculation, it means the three earn between R22 000 and R32 000 per month. The three demand that their wages be increased to R12 000 a week (R48 000 a month)
The newspaper also reported that Zolisa Xaluva (Jason), Slindile Nodangala (Ruby) and Thato Molamu (Nicholas) pocket an average of between R9 000 and R11 000 a week. In calculation, the three actors earn between R36 000 and R44 000 a month. They demand that their rates be increased to R16 000 a week (R64 000 a month).
It is believed that Thami Mngqolo (Senzo), Katlego Danke (Dineo) and Winnie Modise (Khetiwe) pocket an average of between R11 000 and R13 000 a week. In calculation, the three actors earn an average of between R44 000 and R52 000 a month. The three actors now demand they earn a wage of R20 000 a week (R80 000 a month)
Sophie Ndaba, the only original cast who’s been with the soapie since inception, is currently earning an average of R17 000 a week. In calculation, the actor earns an average of R68 000 a month. The darling of Generations now demands an increase of over 40% to her salary to an average of R30 000 a week (R120 000 a month).
The Generations fired actors are set to hold their own media briefing tomorrow. They are expected to respond back to the MMSV and SABC’s allegations at a media conference held on Friday. At the briefing, Mfundi said the door is still open for the actors on a condition they stop with their ridiculous demands and agree with the terms and conditions of the production company.
The Generations’ boss on Friday played a victim card claiming that the actors have betrayed him even though he’s been far too kind on them.
Pictures: City Press and TV Plus.