Uzalo’s problems seem to follow them everywhere when it comes to salary problems. The actor’s even approached Daily Sun to expose the production over salary despondencies.
The actors have alleged that they were not being paid their salaries and are not sure whether history will repeat itself. Despite Uzalo being the most watched show on television and how their actors work tirelessly to keep it at the top, it’s mind boggling how they are not being compensated for their hard work.
Just how small are these salaries? Find out below.
• Although fired Sizwe Khumbuka and Thulani R20k to R30k along with Noxolo Mathula who plays Lily.
• Nkanyiso Makhanya who plays Nonka’s older brother, Siyabonga Shibe, Wiseman Ncube and Nelisa Mchunu are pocketing between R25k and R35k.
• Simphiwe Majozi who plays Sbu is getting R30k to R40k a month.
• Baby Cele and Gugu Gumede are earning R35k – R45k.
• Masoja Msiza (Nkunzi) and Dawn Thandeka King who are the leads are being paid R40k – R50k and R40- 55k a month.
• Nomcebo is one of the lowest paid with her salry ranging from R15k to R20k per month, she was followed by Nyawo, Madlala and Mbatha whose salaries ranges from R15k to R25k per month.
Salaries have always been a bone of contention, remember the controversial Generations actors who exposed, Mfundi Vundla for erroneously raising their salaries when he revealed to the media that they are paid, generally speaking, R55 000 for every month of work they do on the show.
Mandla Gaduka, who played Choppa on the soapie, said that SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng confirmed that Vundla did raise the pay rates. Hlaudi, however couldn’t go into too much detail as Vundla is not employed by the national broadcaster.
The Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa assembled a conference in an attempt to mediate the situation and alleviate the growing tension. This attempt was a failure in the end as SABC authorities arrived five hours late and the Generations crew also failed to turn up.
Mthethwa was hoping to give all the stakeholders a platform to talk out their issues, however the no-show from the Generations body did not help the circumstances.
The on-screen characters have said that Vundla was missing and has not rectified the situation or apologized for his announcements.