Tilo ngwana Rashaka Mokgopo
Another Generations fiasco could be looming at the SABC Hanley Studios; this after it has emerged that actors of the famous Tshivenda soapie, Muvhango were not paid their September salaries.
The Muvhango payroll debacle comes barely two months after the Generations actors dubbed “the 16 fired actors” were given the boot for embarking on a strike. The Muvhango production resumed recently because they were on break after they finished filming the previous season.
If the words of prominent Sunday newspapers can be relied upon, then Muvhango actors are spitting fire and threaten to down tools if they are not paid by the end of this week ending on Friday 11 October.
The actors are reportedly livid at their boss accusing Duma ka Ndlovu for being “worse than Mfundi Vundla”. The media has it on good authority that the actors received a formal communication from the production company, Word of Mouth only four days prior to their pay day that they would not be paid on time.
Blame the SABC, not us!
In the letter circulated to the actors, the production house shifts the blame to the public broadcaster: The correspondence reads: “due to delayed signing of both the production and script contracts with the public broadcaster, the SABC, salaries for the month of September will not be paid on September 30 2014.
“The public broadcaster has made an undertaking to pay Word of Mouth pictures; we will n turn make salary payments on October 18 2014. We regret any inconveniences that may arise due to this delay.”
The Muvhango PR Manager, Kgalema Eugene Mametse refused to comment but instead referred all the media’s enquiries to the SABC. The broadcaster’s spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago said they were not aware of the situation and promised that they will look into the issue.
History repeats itself.
It’s not for the first time Muvhango actors are made to sing, in mass choir, the “we have provided our services but yet no payment” chorus. Back in 2010 the actors allegedly spent three months (although their boss refuted the claims saying it was only for one month) without getting paid.
Then, Sowetan newspaper reported that actors were told not to report for work because the production company was “bankrupt.”
One actor who spoke to the newspaper on a condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal was quoted as saying “we are sitting at home doing nothing. We fear that we are going to lose our cars and houses because our bank accounts are running dry.”
Written on: Wednesday 8 October 2014
Published on: Wednesday 15 October 2014